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Photo – Orangeville-Brampton Railway running with new operator Trillium Railway: <br>The Orangeville-Brampton Railway is back on track – both literally and figuratively – since the railway acquired a new operator for the 55 km line that runs from Orangeville to Mississauga. The Trillium Railway Co. Ltd. has begun operation on the line. Manitoba-based Cando Rail Services, which previously operated the town-owned railway, announced plans earlier in the year to stop operating the line at the end of June.<br><br>Cando also operates four other short-line railways in Ontario, and had developed the Credit Valley Explorer, a tour train that operated between Orangeville and north Brampton and was billed as Southern Ontario’s most scenic tour train, in large part because of the spectaular views at Cataract and Forks of the Credit. At one point its 1950s-vintage passenger coaches included a scenic dome car. No reason has been given publicly for Cando’s decision to cancel its contract, but one may be that Cando had no other operation that included a tourist train, which was the brainchild of Steve Gallagher, formerly operations manager for the local line.<br><br>The line, the southern portion of CP Rail’s once-busy Toronto-Owen Sound service, has been owned by the Orangeville Railway Development Corporation since 2000. The ORDC does not operate trains. Trillium Railway took over after deciding it was a good fit for the Welland-based company that also operates a short line rail system in the Niagara Region that provides freight service from St. Catharines to Port Colborne.<br>“We’re looking to grow our footprint in Ontario in the short line industry,” said Trillium VP operations, Aaron White. “We looked at it in terms of a way to expand the business and the economics based on our particular arrangement.”<br><br>The railway services customers by delivering raw materials to industry in the region although as a railroad, they can haul just about any kind of freight. “Most of our customers are in the plastic business of some sort where they are directly molding plastic or producing secondary chemicals for production. The majority of traffic is plastic polymer of some type. Plastics are hauled in what is called a covered hopper. Normally for plastic service they have the capability to blow air into them to blow the product out because powdered plastic tends to be quite fine verses something grain,” Mr. White said, adding “you never know what the future may hold as far as customers.” Local industries rely on rail to delivery the materials they use in manufacturing their products. Mr. White said they are looking at reintroducing the tourist train but currently are focusing on the new freight operation. “The Credit Valley Explorer is certainly something everybody is interested in. We’ll be exploring that at some point. Right now we’re a freight operation, so we’re concentrating on making sure that runs very smoothly, but definitely it will be explored some time in the future. It’s outside of our primary business which is hauling freight but we understand that it’s a very ideal operation for that kind of excursion service. They’ve got great scenery and it’s going to be explored, but right now I can’t give you a date because right now we’re working all the wrinkles out of the freight service.” <br>Currently the railway is running trains two days per week – Tuesday and Friday – and has a newly overhauled locomotive on the line. Dean R. Brown photo www.canadianraiwlayobservations.com



Orangeville-Brampton Railway running with new operator Trillium Railway:
The Orangeville-Brampton Railway is back on track – both literally and figuratively – since the railway acquired a new operator for the 55 km line that runs from Orangeville to Mississauga. The Trillium Railway Co. Ltd. has begun operation on the line. Manitoba-based Cando Rail Services, which previously operated the town-owned railway, announced plans earlier in the year to stop operating the line at the end of June.

Cando also operates four other short-line railways in Ontario, and had developed the Credit Valley Explorer, a tour train that operated between Orangeville and north Brampton and was billed as Southern Ontario’s most scenic tour train, in large part because of the spectaular views at Cataract and Forks of the Credit. At one point its 1950s-vintage passenger coaches included a scenic dome car. No reason has been given publicly for Cando’s decision to cancel its contract, but one may be that Cando had no other operation that included a tourist train, which was the brainchild of Steve Gallagher, formerly operations manager for the local line.

The line, the southern portion of CP Rail’s once-busy Toronto-Owen Sound service, has been owned by the Orangeville Railway Development Corporation since 2000. The ORDC does not operate trains. Trillium Railway took over after deciding it was a good fit for the Welland-based company that also operates a short line rail system in the Niagara Region that provides freight service from St. Catharines to Port Colborne.
“We’re looking to grow our footprint in Ontario in the short line industry,” said Trillium VP operations, Aaron White. “We looked at it in terms of a way to expand the business and the economics based on our particular arrangement.”

The railway services customers by delivering raw materials to industry in the region although as a railroad, they can haul just about any kind of freight. “Most of our customers are in the plastic business of some sort where they are directly molding plastic or producing secondary chemicals for production. The majority of traffic is plastic polymer of some type. Plastics are hauled in what is called a covered hopper. Normally for plastic service they have the capability to blow air into them to blow the product out because powdered plastic tends to be quite fine verses something grain,” Mr. White said, adding “you never know what the future may hold as far as customers.” Local industries rely on rail to delivery the materials they use in manufacturing their products. Mr. White said they are looking at reintroducing the tourist train but currently are focusing on the new freight operation. “The Credit Valley Explorer is certainly something everybody is interested in. We’ll be exploring that at some point. Right now we’re a freight operation, so we’re concentrating on making sure that runs very smoothly, but definitely it will be explored some time in the future. It’s outside of our primary business which is hauling freight but we understand that it’s a very ideal operation for that kind of excursion service. They’ve got great scenery and it’s going to be explored, but right now I can’t give you a date because right now we’re working all the wrinkles out of the freight service.”
Currently the railway is running trains two days per week – Tuesday and Friday – and has a newly overhauled locomotive on the line. Dean R. Brown photo www.canadianraiwlayobservations.com
Updated: July 17, 2018 — 1:29 am

Photo – LOTS OF WORK AHEAD FOR NATIONAL STEEL CAR: A government program aimed at reducing Canada’s grain backlog had been a boon to Hamilton’s National Steel Car—which has been manufacturing freight rolling stock in Hamilton for more than a century. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. has placed an order for 1,000 new high-capacity grain cars from Hamilton-based National Steel Car. This is the second big contract for National Steel Car in recent months. Canadian National Railway Co. announced a similar order of 1,000 hopper cars back in May. Both companies have said that their orders were facilitated by federal government changes that encourage railways to make investments to avert service disruptions. Canadian Pacific is expecting to have more than 500 new grain hopper cars in service before the end of 2018 and expects to order a total of 5,900 of the grain hoppers over the next four years. The new cars were ordered to enable a complete removal of all low-capacity hoppers from the Canadian Pacific fleet. The new car design is shorter, lighter and can carry more grain than the cars that are set to be retired. The order comes as CP is working toward an 8,500-foot-long, power-on model for its dedicated grain trains. Under this model, CP’s high-efficiency dedicated trains will stretch from the current 112 cars, creating efficiency and capacity within the grain handling system. With the new shorter and lighter hopper-car fleet, CP will be able to fit 118 cars within the current 7,000 foot, 112-car unit train definition, adding approximately 16 percent more capacity per train. The grain hopper car contract comes hot on the heels of another for 350 centrebeam lumber cars. Hamilton East-Stoney Creek MP Bob Bratina welcomed the news saying, “ I am delighted that one of our oldest‎ companies, National Steel Car, continues to thrive and provide employment to workers numbering in the thousands…drive along Nikola Tesla Boulevard on a work day and you will see the parking lot at Kenilworth Avenue filled to the brim.” The two CN rail contracts are estimated to bring 550 additional jobs to the Hamilton facility’s assembly operations. The investment is made possible by the passage of the Transportation Modernization Act, which provided CP the certainty needed to place the order. CP will be the first Class 1 railway to receive hoppers as a result of the Act’s changes.<br>The New CN Grain Cars: <br>www.canadianrailwayobservations.com



LOTS OF WORK AHEAD FOR NATIONAL STEEL CAR: A government program aimed at reducing Canada’s grain backlog had been a boon to Hamilton’s National Steel Car—which has been manufacturing freight rolling stock in Hamilton for more than a century. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. has placed an order for 1,000 new high-capacity grain cars from Hamilton-based National Steel Car. This is the second big contract for National Steel Car in recent months. Canadian National Railway Co. announced a similar order of 1,000 hopper cars back in May. Both companies have said that their orders were facilitated by federal government changes that encourage railways to make investments to avert service disruptions. Canadian Pacific is expecting to have more than 500 new grain hopper cars in service before the end of 2018 and expects to order a total of 5,900 of the grain hoppers over the next four years. The new cars were ordered to enable a complete removal of all low-capacity hoppers from the Canadian Pacific fleet. The new car design is shorter, lighter and can carry more grain than the cars that are set to be retired. The order comes as CP is working toward an 8,500-foot-long, power-on model for its dedicated grain trains. Under this model, CP’s high-efficiency dedicated trains will stretch from the current 112 cars, creating efficiency and capacity within the grain handling system. With the new shorter and lighter hopper-car fleet, CP will be able to fit 118 cars within the current 7,000 foot, 112-car unit train definition, adding approximately 16 percent more capacity per train. The grain hopper car contract comes hot on the heels of another for 350 centrebeam lumber cars. Hamilton East-Stoney Creek MP Bob Bratina welcomed the news saying, “ I am delighted that one of our oldest‎ companies, National Steel Car, continues to thrive and provide employment to workers numbering in the thousands…drive along Nikola Tesla Boulevard on a work day and you will see the parking lot at Kenilworth Avenue filled to the brim.” The two CN rail contracts are estimated to bring 550 additional jobs to the Hamilton facility’s assembly operations. The investment is made possible by the passage of the Transportation Modernization Act, which provided CP the certainty needed to place the order. CP will be the first Class 1 railway to receive hoppers as a result of the Act’s changes.
The New CN Grain Cars:
www.canadianrailwayobservations.com
Updated: July 17, 2018 — 1:18 am

Photo – On July 16th, 2018 Kenneth Borg shot this CP eastbound at Oakwood Jct on the the old Wabash main line in Allen Park, MI with to Union pacific units and one CP: UP 5488, UP 2260, and CP 8103. Think this was train #240. www.canadianrailwayobservations.com



On July 16th, 2018 Kenneth Borg shot this CP eastbound at Oakwood Jct on the the old Wabash main line in Allen Park, MI with to Union pacific units and one CP: UP 5488, UP 2260, and CP 8103. Think this was train #240. www.canadianrailwayobservations.com
Updated: July 17, 2018 — 1:12 am

Photo – Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad EMD locomotive #3087; Fields, Oregon; October, 1992.<br>~ Photo by Michael Cameron; Collection of Matt Peterson<br>http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=4816552



Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad EMD locomotive #3087; Fields, Oregon; October, 1992.
~ Photo by Michael Cameron; Collection of Matt Peterson
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=4816552
Updated: July 17, 2018 — 12:57 am

Photo – Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad EMD F7A locomotive #5674 – early 1950’s – guessing Grand Junction, Colorado.<br>~ Unknown phototgrapher; Collection of Nelson Corn<br>http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=98603



Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad EMD F7A locomotive #5674 - early 1950's - guessing Grand Junction, Colorado.
~ Unknown phototgrapher; Collection of Nelson Corn
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=98603
Updated: July 17, 2018 — 12:53 am

Photo – DRGW 5502 <br>Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad EMDSD50 # 5502 works a freight through the yard in Pueblo, Colorado, August, 15, 1985.<br>~ Photo and comment by “TS_Illinois”<br>http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3088865



DRGW 5502
Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad EMDSD50 # 5502 works a freight through the yard in Pueblo, Colorado, August, 15, 1985.
~ Photo and comment by "TS_Illinois"
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3088865
Updated: July 17, 2018 — 12:36 am

Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad EMD SD40T-2 ‘tunnel Motor’ #5400 leads a freight westbound through Tunnel 29 east of Pinecliffe, Colorado, on the morning of April 12, 1999. Locomotive #5400 was one of the few Rio Grande units that still retained its nose-mounted headlight (gyro light) even after acquiring ditchlights.<br>~ Photo and comments by Mike Danneman

Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad EMD SD40T-2 'tunnel Motor' #5400 leads a freight westbound through Tunnel 29 east of Pinecliffe, Colorado, on the morning of April 12, 1999. Locomotive #5400 was one of the few Rio Grande units that still retained its nose-mounted headlight (gyro light) even after acquiring ditchlights.
~ Photo and comments by Mike Danneman

T-2s at T-29

Rio Grande SD40T-2 Tunnel Motor No. 5400 leads a Union Pacific DVROM freight westbound through Tunnel 29 east of Pinecliffe, Colorado, on the morning of April 12, 1999. The 5400 was one of the few Rio Grande locomotives that still retained its nose-mounted headlight (gyro light) even after acquiring...
Updated: July 17, 2018 — 12:29 am

The Southwest Chief, which runs from Chicago through the southwest on Santa Fe tracks to California is in danger of being interrupted. Currently the train runs over the famous Raton Pass (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raton_Pass). The problem is that it is now the ONLY train that runs over the pass. Much like the Tennessee Pass, it has become redundant due to mergers and traffic needs.<br><br>Because of the expense of maintaining the route, BNSF would like to abandon it, which would shunt the cost of upkeep to Amtrak. Because of that cost, Amtrak has proposed running a bus over part of the route, making a trip from Chicago to California start on the train, then a few hours on a bus, then back to the train. In my opinion, that would kill the train, as tourists and leisure travelers would not want to interrupt their journey to get on a bus, especially overnight travelers.<br><br>Two options exist other than a bus. Either reroute the Chief, or have the government/Amtrak pay to maintain the line. This petition does not specify what actions should be taken, only supports continuing running the train. Hopefully it will help. Amtrak needs our support with a Republican dominated congress, especially with it’s current president, who I think was an airline executive. (He replaced stove cooked dinners on three trains with box lunches, from what I’ve read…) I don’t mean to get political on this page, just stating facts. But the survival of Amtrak IS political as it is a public service paid for by states and in the federal budget.<br><br>I will also turn off or delete comments if they get political. No one comes here to debate politics. It’s about the trains!<br><br>https://www.railpassengers.org/happening-now/news/blog/add-your-name-to-the-save-the-southwest-chief-petition/

The Southwest Chief, which runs from Chicago through the southwest on Santa Fe tracks to California is in danger of being interrupted. Currently the train runs over the famous Raton Pass (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raton_Pass). The problem is that it is now the ONLY train that runs over the pass. Much like the Tennessee Pass, it has become redundant due to mergers and traffic needs.

Because of the expense of maintaining the route, BNSF would like to abandon it, which would shunt the cost of upkeep to Amtrak. Because of that cost, Amtrak has proposed running a bus over part of the route, making a trip from Chicago to California start on the train, then a few hours on a bus, then back to the train. In my opinion, that would kill the train, as tourists and leisure travelers would not want to interrupt their journey to get on a bus, especially overnight travelers.

Two options exist other than a bus. Either reroute the Chief, or have the government/Amtrak pay to maintain the line. This petition does not specify what actions should be taken, only supports continuing running the train. Hopefully it will help. Amtrak needs our support with a Republican dominated congress, especially with it's current president, who I think was an airline executive. (He replaced stove cooked dinners on three trains with box lunches, from what I've read...) I don't mean to get political on this page, just stating facts. But the survival of Amtrak IS political as it is a public service paid for by states and in the federal budget.

I will also turn off or delete comments if they get political. No one comes here to debate politics. It's about the trains!

https://www.railpassengers.org/happening-now/news/blog/add-your-name-to-the-save-the-southwest-chief-petition/

Add Your Name to the Save the Southwest Chief Petition! | Rail Passengers Association | Washington, DC

The Rail Passengers Association is working to oppose an Amtrak proposal to subsitute bus service along the Southwest Chief route in Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. RPA staff is working with Congress, and we are currently creating a corridor-wide campaign to activate mayors, local officials, and cit...
Updated: July 17, 2018 — 12:00 am
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