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Amtrak Silver Star collides with CSX freight in South Carolina, 2 dead, dozens injured

February 4, 2018

Amtrak Silver Star collides with CSX freight in South Carolina, 2 dead, dozens injured

Amtrak Train 91, the New York-Miami Silver Star, collided with a CSX freight train near Cayce, S.C., around 2:45 a.m., killing two and injuring more than 100.


Amtrak Charter Strikes Garbage Truck in Virginia

January 31, 2018

Amtrak Charter Strikes Garbage Truck in Virginia

A chartered Amtrak train carrying Congressional leaders from Washington, D.C., to the Greenbrier Resort at White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., struck a garbage truck at a crossing outside of Charlottesville, Va.


Napa Valley Commuter Service?

January 6, 2018

Napa Valley Commuter Service?

Napa Valley Wine Train is considering adding a commuter car to one of its regular trains between Napa and St. Helena, Calif.


Chicago’s Metra Issues RFP for New Locomotives

January 5, 2018

Chicago’s Metra Issues RFP for New Locomotives

The request for proposals calls for a base order of at least 12 new or 15 remanufactured locomotives with options for up to 30 additional new locomotives or 27 additional remanufactured locomotives, for a total of up to 42 new or remanufactured locomotives.


San Francisco Trolley Collides with Box Truck

January 2, 2018

San Francisco Trolley Collides with Box Truck

No injuries were reported when a rebuilt PCC trolley collided with a box truck in San Francisco on New Year’s Day.


Brightline Limited Service to Launch January 8

December 31, 2017

Brightline Limited Service to Launch January 8

According to a post on Brightline’s official Facebook page, limited service between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Fla., will begin the week of January 8.


Two Boston Trolleys Collide, 17 Injured

December 29, 2017

Two Boston Trolleys Collide, 17 Injured

Two trolleys collided on Boston’s Mattapan High-Speed Line, injuring 17 passengers and damaging the two cars involved.


NTSB Report Says Speed Was a Factor in Tacoma Amtrak Derailment

December 20, 2017

NTSB Report Says Speed Was a Factor in Tacoma Amtrak Derailment

Preliminary reports from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) indicate that speed was a factor in Monday’s derailment of Amtrak Train 501 at DuPont, Wash., which killed three passengers and injured dozens more.


Amtrak Cascades Derailment Kills 3 Near Tacoma

December 19, 2017

Amtrak Cascades Derailment Kills 3 Near Tacoma

Amtrak Train 501 derailed on a sharp curve between Tacoma and Olympia, Wash., early Monday morning, killing 3 and injuring dozens as the train piled up on busy Interstate 5 paralleling the tracks.


Amtrak Service Disruptions due to California Wildfires

December 7, 2017

Amtrak Service Disruptions due to California Wildfires

Union Pacific Railroad has closed tracks between Ventura and Santa Barbara, Calif., due to wildfires in the area.