Trains in the news
Following is a modest collection of articles we have come across related
to trains and railfanning, including a few we have authored ourselves. These
are offered for your reading entertainment and edification only and in all
cases we have cited the original source. However, we are not a news organization
and as such hold no rights to most of this material. What this means is that
(a) it should not be used for commercial purposes without the express consent
of the originating organization and (b) we may be obliged to remove this
content from our site if there are objections to its use. Please attribute
any excerpted material to the source named in each article.
Mojave train robbers -- How the UP police prevent
theft from freight trains rolling through the California desert. From the
Orange County Register.
All aboard! -- An Oklahoma couple build a live
steam railroad and find they've become the most popular folks in the
neighborhood. From The Daily Ardmoreite, Ardmore, Okla.
Death rides the rails -- If you think hitching
a ride on a freight train sounds like fun, this article will give you pause.
Police follow the trail of a murderous gang of hoboes. From the Los Angeles
Our bodies are like trains
a microscopic railroad running through your veins, or at least some scientists
believe so. The theory could one day cure major diseases. Filed by Knight
-- Many communities
are banning trains from sounding their whistles at crossings. The government
is trying to determine whether this interferes with safety. Filed by The
Rail safety improving
a steady increase in traffic, the percentage of accidents on the nation's
rails has declined, experts say. From the Orange County Register.
Wrecks, Stupidity and other Tragedies
Bottom of the gene pool -- A classic excerpt
on train stupidity from "News of the Weird," distributed by the Universal
Trust fund for boy injured by train -- Parents,
please don't ever do this to your little ones, no matter how despondent you
are. This story breaks our hearts. Filed by Bay Cities News Service.
Train involved in two accidents on same night
-- This happened in Berkeley, but it could happen anywhere. There's a lesson
here: Don't stop on the tracks. Filed by Bay Cities News Service.
Texas train wreck -- An unmanned Union Pacific
freight train rolls out of a siding and travels 8 miles before crashing into
another train and killing 2. From the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.
New York rail tragedy -- Two women walking
on the tracks and arguing with a male friend are killed when a freight train
neaks up on them at 65 mph. From the New York Times.
Woman killed while walking on tracks
-- A freight
train crew's frantic attempt to warn an approaching Amtrak train of
two people walking on the tracks is unsuccessful. From the Contra Costa Times.
Saved with a kick -- A quick-thinking Norfolk
Southern conductor saves the life of a toddler who strayed onto the railroad
tracks. Filed by The Associated Press.
Railroading in the garden -- This modeling
activity is growing in popularity and people are spending big bucks to run
trains through their yards. From This Old House magazine.
"Taking the Kids" Articles by Glenn
Antioch Marina -- A good train-watching location
near the BNSF Stockton Subdivision mainline. From the Contra Costa Times.
Portola Railroad Museum -- A fun, interactive
museum located in the Sierras. From the Contra Costa Times.
California State Railroad Museum -- One
of the best railroad museums in the nation. From the Contra Costa Times.
Model train shows -- A good way to expose
children to the fun and excitement of railroading. From the Contra Costa
Railtown 1897 -- This museum offers steam
train excursion rides at an affordable price. From the Contra Costa Times.
Railfanning in Stockton -- We hang out at
the Amtrak depot to watch the passing parade. From the Contra Costa Times.
Western Railway Museum -- Rio Vista offers
a collection of streetcars and interurbans for your riding pleasure. From
the Contra Costa Times.
Other railroad articles by Glenn
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Proceed to Milepost 1147.2 on main track.
Hold main track at last named point. Over.
This page was last updated Tuesday, April 18, 2000 at 01:30 hrs.