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  • Vermont Rail Action Network shared Union Pacific Railroad's photo.

  • "AllEarth Rail plans to establish commuter service between St. Albans and Montpelier. It’s also looking at a route between Burlington and Middlebury." http://digital.vpr.net/post/bet-future-wind-developer-plans-return-commuter-rail-service-vt#stream/0

  • Charlie Moore to helm AllEarth Rail Charlie Moore, a railroad executive with more than 40 years of experience in the railroad industry, has been named president of AllEarth Rail, LLC. This is the next step for the firm that has acquired self-propelled passenger rail cars from Texas in order bring commuter rail back to Vermont. The commuter line is still in the planning stages, but the concept is to provide commuter rail in the northwestern part of the state initially. A demonstration of the service could happen before the end of this year. “We are very excited to welcome Charlie Moore as president of this new company. His knowledge, experience, and love for Vermont’s railways makes him the perfect choice for AllEarth Rail," said David Blittersdorf, founder of AllEarth Rail. Moore is a member of the Vermont Rail Advisory Council, a board member of the Vermont Rail Action Network (VRAN), and is the past president of Vermont Railroad Association. Full story in VT Business online: http://vermontbiz.com/news/july/charlie-moore-named-president-allearth-rail?utm_source=VBM+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=c52409788e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_07_05&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_85838110bc-c52409788e-285536789

  • Check out this excellent video from Go Rail, about how railroads work to improve our economy and our lives! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Fcu4z8WuEM

  • Railroads are our past, present, and the key to a sustainable and environmentally friendly future. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/amtrak-plans-urgently-needed-upgrades/

  • NTSB: Amtrak derailment in Vermont caused by rock-slide debris The probable cause of an Amtrak train derailment in Vermont in October 2015 was the train's collision with debris that had fallen on the track after a rock slide, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced last week. The incident occurred the morning of Oct. 5, 2015, when Amtrak Train 55 hit a rock pile that fouled the track on the New England Central Railroad (NECR) Roxbury Subdivision near Northfield, Vt. The collision caused the locomotive and four coach cars to derail, injuring four crew members and three passengers, according to the NTSB's accident brief. The locomotive and first coach car slid down a steep embankment after the collision. Amtrak estimated equipment damages at $10 million, and the NECR estimated track damages at $200,000. The track was not equipped with slide-fence detectors that could have provided a warning to approaching trains, the brief stated. Amtrak restricts speed in the area at 59 mph, which was Train 55's speed a few seconds before the collision. Although the NECR had a safety program at the time of the accident, the railroad did not have a formalized hazard management and assessment program that addressed rock-slide risk management and mitigation, the NTSB brief stated.

  • 11 Numbers to Know about Freight Rail: As the Trump administration rolls out details of its infrastructure plans this week, millions of Americans are learning about the challenges that a failing infrastructure poses to the nation's economy. However, one industry stands above because of its ability to privately invest in maintaining their network – freight rail. For the men and women of America's railroads, every week is Infrastructure Week. $60 million – How many dollars per day freight railroads invest in their infrastructure. 8 – The number of times rail in the U.S. network could circle the earth. $274 billion – Freight rail's economic impact in 2014. 54 – The number of tons of freight moved for every American each year. $1 – Invested by the railroads generates $10 in economic activity. 69,000 – Tons of new rail laid in 2015. 43 – Percent decrease in accidents and derailments since 2000. $100 million – Amount invested each month to develop, test, and install Positive Train Control (PTC) 14.6 million – Number of crossties installed in 2013 $121,000 – Average rail employee compensation, including benefits. 6 – Freight railroads invest six times the average manufacturer. Notwithstanding new public investment initiatives, the numbers are clear: Freight rail works for America.

  • This is National Infrastructure Week. Ed Hamberger, CEO of the Assoc. of American Railroads, offers a solid perspective on why Congress should act to make the trucking industry pay the true wear & tear costs of heavy truck traffic, and not lift current truck weight limits on federal highways. These would improve the cost-effectiveness of shipping more goods by rail, and target more investment in the US' decaying roads and bridges. Join the conversation tomorrow on Twitter (see below) and read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/railroads-agree-timetobuild-and-enact-smart-public_us_5919a3f7e4b00ccaae9ea4af

  • More exciting stuff from Washington! Our very own Executive Director, Larry Lewack (left) presenting the NARP Golden Spike Award to Vermont senator Patrick Leahy, to recognize his work in getting approval for the Montreal Central Station pre-clearance facility.