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several daily passenger excursions between a connection with Amtrak at Saratoga Springs and North Creek.

Iowa — The State As we reported last month, officials of the Iowa Department of Transportation were examining a preliminary study favoring the Iowa Interstate Railroad to host new pas- senger rail service between Chicago and Omaha, with major stops at Des Moines (currently not served by passenger trains), Grinnell, and Newton. Much of the trackage is on the old legendary Rock Island Line. We may have inadvertently left the im- pression this envisioned new train between those two cities would necessarily be a non- Amtrak operation. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari assures us Amtrak is in fact inter- ested in the service and very possibly sub- mitting a bid. “We are always interested in being an operator,” he told this column. “Or- dinarily [pending the “bid specs”], that’s a part of our business and that’s something that we would want to do.” Operating on the Class II Iowa Interstate

would not be an anomaly for Amtrak, which (aside from its own property in the NEC and in Michigan) does operate on some non- Class I territory (as per the Cardinal, Magliari reminded us, to say nothing of such commuter properties as Metro North). Amtrak’s California Zephyr on BNSF

now has a not unattractive Chicago-Omaha schedule, as a day trip (6:14 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. one way, 2:00 to 10:55 p.m. the other way). The question is whether one long dis- tance 48-hour schedule to/from the West Coast is sufficient for Chicago-Omaha traf-

fic. That is why Iowa DOT aims for multiple round-trips daily. But the preliminary DOT study at this

writing remains just that: preliminary. Stay tuned.

Hudson River Tunnel Rescue New Jersey’s Christie administration promises to pay its “fair share” of a proposed Amtrak tunnel linking New Jersey to New York City. Governor Chris Christie’s state transportation commissioner James Simp- son says the state’s payment would probably be a user fee to share the tunnels as part of the $14.5 billion Gateway Project. Governor Christie effectively killed a previous tunnel plan because of cost overrun fears and a dis- pute with New York as to who should pick up how much of the tab.

California HSR Perils The California High Speed Rail Authority has chosen a former executive director of Caltrans as the CHSR agency’s new CEO and executive director. The board voted to name Jeffrey Morales, who now works for Parsons-Brinkerhoff — a consulting compa- ny currently serving as the authority’s pro- ject management firm on the statewide rail program. Morales arrives on the scene at a critical moment for the troubled agency, but is be- lieved to possess the knowledge and experi- ence that may unsnarl the fiscal and politi- cal problems plaguing the agency’s proposed 520-mile 220 MPH passenger train system between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Wes Vernon is a Washington-based writer and veteran broadcast journalist.


This 100 page, five chapter spiral bound book includes 153 photos of Lackawanna, Erie, and EL wreck cranes and their associated equipment. Most of these photographs are being published for the first time. The book also includes 36 drawings and equipment charts. Ron thoroughly covers the complete roster of wrecking cranes, wreck trains, and wrecking procedures of all three railroads. Ron also provides the first ever explanation of Erie's mysterious Maintenance Of Way numbering system.

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Steel Wheels Publishing's second book covers in detail the New England Central. Includes articles detailing the 2011 Flooding; Great Eastern Route Alliance; Unit Trains; Bethel Stone Trains and more! This 6x9" soft cover format makes this guide a handy reference that you will want to keep with you trackside!

• Exclusive Color Maps • Comprehensive Locomotive Roster • Individual Line Timetables • Schedules and Operations • Recommended Photo Locations • Radio Frequencies • And so much more!



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