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Amtrak Trials First Cow-Powered Train

The Guardian | Danny Bradbury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

US rail operator Amtrak may have given the term "cattle car" a whole new meaning with the first test of a biodiesel train that runs on beef byproducts...

America's Auto Asphyxiation: We Put the Loco in Locomotion

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

Detroit, like so many other American cities, had an excellent public transit system before the car became king and our railways plunged into a steep decline that continues to this day.

Biden Deserves George Clooney Award & Train Station

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

I think it's probably fair to say that Biden deserves a Guinness Book of World Records distinction for the Member of Congress who has traveled more on AMTRAK (or rails of any kind) than any other Member in American history.

A Train Ride with the Rich and Famous

Tamar Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tamar Abrams

The Acela "high-speed" train between Washington, DC and New York City may cost three times as much and not go much faster than the regular Amtrak trai...

When Engagement Means Employees Like Each Other More Than Customers

Jon Younger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jon Younger

It's 7:45 a.m. on a cold damp morning and it's just started to snow. My wife and I are waiting outside of Boston South Station for the Amtrak staff to...

Ojore Nuru Lutalo: I Never Made 'Bomb Threats' On Amtrak Train

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

In an interview with the AP, Ojore Nuru Lutalo responded to charges that he discussed terrorist activities while on board an Amtrak train in Colorado....

Obama Putting High-Speed Rail on Fast Track After State of the Union

Scott Dodd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Dodd

Vice President Joe Biden will visit Tampa, Fla., on Thursday for a major economic announcement: $8 billion in grants for high-speed rail infrastructure.

State Of The Union 2010: Obama To Distribute Billions For High-Speed Rail

McClatchy | Michael Doyle | McClatchy Newspapers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- High-speed rail receives a presidential shout-out worth billions of dollars in President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech Wednes...

Jason Wojdyla And His Father Save Nun From Oncoming Train (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Jason and John Wojdyla were doing air-conditioning work on a building overlooking the train tracks in suburban Lemont. They noticed a car trapped on t...

Ski Train Will Be Postponed, Tickets Refunded After Judge Rules On Contract Dispute

Denver Business Journal: | Cathy Proctor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Amtrak can't be forced to provide crews to operate the revived ski train operation between Denver and Winter Park...

Why America Needs Trains

Joe Biden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Biden

Over the course of my career, my 7,000 round trips on Amtrak have provided me with an understanding of -- and a respect for -- the role of rail travel in our society and our economy.

Only in the Bizarro World

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
B. Jeffrey Madoff

Households with guns are 11 times more likely to use those guns to commit suicide than for self defense. But to be fair, we don't just kill ourselves, we kill others, a lot.

Wall Street Tells the President of the United States to Bugger Off

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

With the nation up in arms about the perversity of pouring billions into the coffers of the banks the symbolism of the three CEO's tone deaf failure to be present in Washington is beyond understanding.

'World's Fastest Train' Unveiled In China

AFP | Sat Dec 26, 7:54 Am ET | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIJING (AFP) -- China on Saturday unveiled what it billed as the fastest rail link in the world -- a train connecting the modern cities of Guangzhou ...

Amtrak Passengers Stuck On 'Train From Hell' For Almost 24 Hours (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Passengers aboard the California Zephyr train that arrived in Chicago from San Francisco yesterday were expecting a long trip. But not this long. The ...

Train Derails On South Side, Fuel Spills Into Chicago River

Fox Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Emergency crews are responding to a hazardous materials situation Thursday morning after a train derailed in the South Loop, sending fuel into the Chi...

Tom Friedman's Take On "Wimps" and "The Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys"

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

How are we going to compete in years to come as we go head-to-head with societies that are far better equipped to deal with the exigencies of the future?

National Train Day: Former Pullman Porters Reflect On Rail Heritage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

As U.S. rail buffs anticipate the expansion of high-speed rail under President Obama's stimulus plan, four railroad veterans will board a Philadelphia...

Amtrak To Get $80 Million From Stimulus For Illinois Projects

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Amtrak in Illinois will receive $80 million in federal stimulus money to modernize train repair centers as well as to improve security and wheelchair ...

Amtrak Has Record Month As Travelers Shift To Rail Due To Fuel Prices

New York Times | MATTHEW L. WALD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Record prices for gasoline and jet fuel should be good news for Amtrak, as travelers look for alternatives to cut the cost of driving and flying. And...

High-Speed Rail To The Rescue: Durbin, Quinn Make Stimulus Funds Pitch For Train Project

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO - Illinois leaders want stimulus money to develop high-speed train travel between Chicago and St. Louis. Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Du...

A New Movement

Amy Ephron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Ephron

There is a movement to strip billions of dollars from the stimulus bill led by Ben Nelson of Omaha (whose Democratic status is debatable) and Susan Collins (Republican) of Maine.

Acela Seeks To Lure Passengers From Airlines

New York Times | Stuart Elliot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Amtrak has attracted some famous customers in the last couple of weeks. First, Barack Obama and Joe Biden, on their way to Washington to be inaugurate...

Amtrak Derailment Causes Rush Hour Problems For Metra Lines

Chicago Sun-Times | Mary Wisniewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An Amtrak train derailment just south of Union Station is blocking all Metra trains going in or out on the Burlington Northern, Southwest and Heritage...

Stranger On A Snowy Train

Kim Morgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kim Morgan

I'm heading north for the holidays, and I loathe flying, so I'm on the train. Traveling by train got me thinking (again) of some of my favorite train movies.