February 26, 2015 |
Along hundreds of miles of railroad tracks, mourners stood silently, reverently, as a doleful whistle and wisps of smoke and steam announced the approaching funeral train. Many wept and bowed their heads as it passed. In towns where the locomotive stopped, thousands surged forward, pushing and jostling to get a better view. Bands played melancholy tunes and preachers offered up solemn prayers. They focused on a dark maroon railcar, swathed in black crepe, carrying the martyred Abraham Lincoln, who had come on another train four years earlier to tell throngs at Independence Hall that he'd "rather be assassinated on this spot than surrender" the country.
February 8, 2014 |
Vice President Biden used a trip to 30th Street Station on Thursday to tout Amtrak's newest locomotive as an engine of the economy and a savior of middle-class jobs. The first of 70 new electric locomotives will begin revenue service Friday in Boston, pulling Amtrak coaches on the Northeast Corridor. Amtrak is spending $466 million on the new 125-m.p.h. locomotives, being built by the rail systems division of Siemens Industry Inc. in Sacramento, Calif. The new "Cities Sprinter" locomotives will replace models that are 25 to 35 years old. They eventually will power all Northeast Regional trains between Boston and Washington, and also will operate on the Keystone Corridor between Harrisburg, Philadelphia and New York.
February 7, 2014 |
VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden, a self-confessed railroad geek, strode to the podium at 30th Street Station yesterday to sing the praises of Amtrak's smart new electric locomotive - and quickly noticed that U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, Philly's Democratic Party chairman, was missing. "I don't know where the hell Brady is," Biden told the crowd in mock shock-and-awe. "Tell him I marked him 'absent.' " Then Biden, who U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx introduced as "president of the Amtrak fan club," launched into a riding-the-rails rap with the fervor of a man who made 7,000 round-trips between Washington and his Wilmington home during his 36 years in the Senate.
December 20, 2012
In the Region Suture monopoly alleged Drug distributor Cardinal Health Inc. and medical products distributor Owens & Minor Inc. were sued by a Pottsville, Pa., health system for allegedly monopolizing the sutures market. The companies' dominance in the U.S. markets for sutures and endomechanical products led to artificially inflated prices, lawyers for Schuylkill Health System said in the complaint, filed in federal court in Philadelphia. Schuylkill Health, which operates two hospitals, is seeking to represent all direct purchasers of sutures and endo products.
December 20, 2012 |
The 43-year-old locomotive that once hauled coal to Exelon's Cromby Generating Station in Phoenixville is getting a new life. Exelon Power is donating Locomotive 7706, a GP38 model with a 16-cylinder 2,000-horsepower diesel engine valued at $140,000, to the West Chester Railroad, a nonprofit that preserves and operates vintage trains in Chester County. Exelon had used the former Conrail locomotive since the 1990s to pull coal hoppers to the power plant, which was retired at the end of 2011 and is undergoing decommissioning.
October 4, 2012 |
Decades ago, the trains used to stop at the quaint brick railroad station in Pemberton, then chug away again to Fort Dix and other towns on the way to Hightstown. But two historic locomotives and 10 rail cars now at the station aren't going anywhere, if the Pemberton Township Historic Trust has its way - even though a judge has ordered their removal. The nonprofit trust, which opened the station as a museum in 1999, was told Friday by Superior Court Judge Karen Suter to find a new location for the cars within 60 days.
February 2, 2012
When we were growing up as teens in the 1970's, Saturday mornings filled my sister and me with funky anticipation. We'd race downstairs, flip on the Magnavox, and settle in to experience "the hippest trip in America" - Soul Train . See, Soul Train wasn't just any television dance show. Soul Train belonged to us. Soul Train showcased our R&B music, our artists, our dances, heck, even our black hair-care products. It was our cultural touchstone at a time when we were learning that, yes, black was beautiful - even if we weren't quite sure if we believed it yet. But Don Cornelius, Soul Train's pinstripe-suited, haystack-afro'ed, deep silken-voiced creator and host, affirmed it for us. That's why it's so ironically sad that news yesterday of Cornelius' death at 75, from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home outside of Los Angeles, came on the first day of Black History Month.
July 15, 2011 |
SCRANTON - Like the other students attending RailCamp 2011 this week at Steamtown National Historic Site, Mitchell Smithbauer hopes to come away with a better understanding and appreciation of railroading past and present. Unlike most of his fellow campers, however, he arrived with some hands-on, real-world experience - his family operates Bucksgahuda & Western Railroad Co., a two-foot-gauge railroad at St. Marys founded by his grandfather, Bill Bauer, and three of his brothers. "I already know a lot of the stuff that people are talking about," Mitchell, 14, said Tuesday.
July 14, 2011 |
George Mathias Cross Jr., 88, of West Philadelphia, the first black locomotive engineer to drive a passenger train into 30th Street Station, died of cancer Thursday, July 7, at a hospice in Northeast Philadelphia operated by Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. When Mr. Cross made his landmark trip in 1966, he was featured in the Pennsylvania Railroad Co.'s monthly bulletin, said his son, George M. Cross III. "He mailed it to me at the Great Lakes naval base, and I showed it all around, and it created quite a bit of excitement.
October 29, 2010 |
Amtrak hopes to make train service on its Northeast and Keystone corridors faster and more reliable with 70 new locomotives ordered from Siemens Mobility for $466 million. Siemens Mobility, a division of the German electronics and transportation giant Siemens AG, said Friday that it would assemble the locomotives at its light-rail manufacturing plant in Sacramento, Calif., with some components produced in plants in Norwood, Ohio, and Alpharetta, Ga. The first "Amtrak Cities Sprinter" locomotives, based on Siemens' "EuroSprinter" locomotives in service in Europe and elsewhere, are scheduled to be delivered in 2013.