- Metra Buying Old Trains, Squandering Opportunity to Change Ancient Service
- Back in the 1950s, Metra's predecessors started using, in earnest, the rail car design Metra still uses. In two years, when Metra buys new cars and puts them into operation, they'll essentially be the same as cars built in the 1950s.
- Getting in bed with the railroad
- Trucks, then, “drive themselves” onto the railcar. “Just as in a ferry going across a body of water,” Schwartz says.
- Fist part of rail link to East Coast completed
- Tunnel and bridge work is needed in Maryland to allow larger domestic containers to fit through when stacked on railcars. Opening the Virginia-Ohio route will involve a major tunnel replacement project in southeast Washington.
- 661000 lbs.: Now that's heavy haul!
- From there, an 800-ton gantry was used to “load it to railcar, then back to a Scheuerle trailer in Cochise, Ariz., for the border crossing and final leg of the haul to Agua Prieta. Pictured here is a 492,000-lb.
- Private rail cars join Amtrak for long-distance train trips
- And it's not just Amtrak's silver-and-blue Superliner cars making the journey these days. Privately owned rail cars are hitching a ride, too. Curious, I hitched a ride from Sacramento to Reno aboard a pair of 1940s-era rail cars coupled behind the Zephyr.
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