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gional service, Washington-Lynchburg, New York-Newport News, Kansas City-St. Louis, and the Carolinian. By 2016, the Vermonter is expected to join that list, while Kansas City- St. Louis will join the negative side.


FAST TRACK ADDED IN MICHIGAN: In early February Amtrak and the Michigan De- partment of Transportation announced that the Federal Railroad Administration had ap- proved increasing the maximum speed of Am- trak trains running between Kalamazoo, Mich., and Porter, Ind. from 95 to 110 m.p.h. Last year, Amtrak extended its Incremental Train Control System (ITCS), a form of Posi- tive Train Control, between New Buffalo, Mich., and Porter and between Oshtemo and Kalamazoo, Mich., which will allow the higher speed to be attained on about 80 miles of track on the 97-mile segment. With the state’s recent purchase of Norfolk Southern trackage be- tween Kalamazoo and Detroit, 110-m.p.h. ser- vice will be extended eastward as the line is up- grades. The line is used by three daily Amtrak Wolverine Service trains between Pontiac, De- troit, and Chicago, as well as the Port Huron- Chicago Blue Water.


Canadian Pacific


THE PLOT THICKENS: Pershing Square Capital Management continued to make waves at Canadian Pacific in January and February 2012. Last month we mentioned that former Canadian National chief E. Hunter Harrison was named by Pershing Square’s Chief Executive Officer William Ack- man as his choice to replace Fred Green in the top management position at CPR, and Harri- son was interested. In late January, CN sus- pended Harrison’s pension benefits, claiming that his relationship with Pershing is a


Amtrak Wolverine Nails Truck at Michigan Crossing


AMTRAK WOLVERINE SERVICE train 351 struck a lowboy tractor-trailer which had become stuck on a grade crossing in Leoni, Mich., east of Jackson, on February 1, derailing P42DC No. 128 and two of the six-car consist, which was running over Norfolk Southern trackage en route from Pontiac, Mich., to Chicago. Passengers were bused between Ann Arbor and Jackson until the following day as R.J. Corman crews cleared the wreckage. Ten people were hospitalized in this latest of many truck-Amtrak altercations, but no life-threatening injuries were reported.


breach of his contract with CN and his “non- disclosure, non-competition, and non-solicita- tion obligations.” At a CPR stockholders meeting held in


Toronto on February 7, Harrison disclosed that he bought $5 million worth of Canadian Pacific stock on February 3; Pershing owns 14.2 per cent of the company. At the meeting, Pershing


CORRECTIONS: We misstated the wheel arrangement of the Museum of Transportation’s Philadelphia & Reading Coal & Iron inspection engine shown on page 21 of the March issue. It is a 2-2-2T. On page 23 of the February issue we were really suffering from a time warp in the Genesee & Wyoming item; the Hilton & Albany was formed in November 2011.


also said that CPR’s acquisition of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern was an unwise decision and cost more than it was worth, and Pershing would consider divesting the line. CPR says that Pershing has not proposed a


plan or timetable to improve the railroad’s per- formance and that electing Pershing’s slate of five new directors would disrupt the compa- ny’s five-year plan to improve operations and financial performance. A vote on Pershing’s nominees to the board (Bill Ackman, Gary Colter, Paul Hilal, Rebecca MacDonald and Anthony Melman) will be held on May 17.


20-Cylinder SD45s Fade Away in Western Pennsylvania


TIME HAS RUN OUT for Buffalo & Pittsburgh’s small fleet of “pure” 20-cylinder SD45s as seven additional SD40-3s arrived on the property in late February 2012. In January, BPRR had placed into storage four of the seven remaining 20-cylinder SD45s (derated to 3200 h.p.) which have roamed the main line for the last 15 years. Five SD45s (Nos. 452, 457, 458, 462, and 3064, the former 460) have been rebuilt as SD40-3s with 16- cylinder engines and will remain on the roster. In 2011, the railroad


picked up four SD40-3s (ex-Kansas City Southern, nee-Canadian Nation- al) and quickly painted them orange. On January 22 No. 463, one of the last 20-cylinder units and still wearing Southern Pacific gray and red paint, teamed with SD40-3 3331 on train BTNC at Ellwood City, Penn. (above). The other two 20-cylinder SD45s still operating in January were the 451 and the 453, while Nos. 453, 455, 458 and 461 were in storage at Butler. It was unclear whether they’d be re-engined or scrapped.


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