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MP TEN-WHEELER - PARIS, ARKANSAS

Gerald Hook
 

Re the attached newspaper article in today’s Fort Smith Times-Record:

 

Is this the only MISSOURI PACIFIC steam locomotive left in captivity?

 

Gerald Hook – Russellville, AR


Bolton GP7 on the move

Steve Grabman
 

If you were lucky enough to catch the H-ALTAMS1-13A this morning, you would’ve seen a little bit of history rolling along its head end in the form of former MKT GP7, now NREX 1005. This was the blue Bolton engine that was parked at the grain elevator in Vernon for many years. I have no idea where it’s going or if someone bought it.

Steve Grabman


Re: [SErails] Kansas City Southern accepts Canadian National merger offer

gblatham@aol.com
 


"CN has said KCS would retain its corporate identity..."

Oh, brother!  How often have we heard THAT one?!

Garl



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[SErails] Kansas City Southern accepts Canadian National merger offer

David H Bingham
 

Forwarded from: SErails@groups.io
Posted: May 14, 2021, 11:53 am CDT
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From: Bill Delmar <bdelmar.list@...>
Date: Thu, May 13, 2021, 8:27 PM
Subject: [SErails] Kansas City Southern accepts Canadian National merger offer
To: SERails (io) <SErails@groups.io>, Alabama Rails (io) <ALrails@groups.io>


From Trains.com's Newswire-

Kansas City Southern accepts Canadian National merger offer

By Bill Stephens | May 13, 2021

Erstwhile suitor Canadian Pacific still has five days to respond

Canadian National and Kansas City Southern logosMONTREAL — The battle for Kansas City Southern appears to be over.

KCS today accepted Canadian National’s $33.6 billion bid to create the first railroad linking Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. KCS said it would break the $29 billion merger agreement it reached in March with Canadian Pacific in favor of CN’s “superior offer.”

CN offered KCS investors $325 per share, which includes $200 in cash and 1.129 shares of CN common stock for each share of KCS. KCS shareholders would own 12.6% of the combined company. CN also agreed to pick up the tab for the $700 million KCS must pay CP as a breakup fee.

CP still has five days to respond to CN’s offer, but CEO Keith Creel has said the railway could not win a bidding war with CN for control of KCS. CP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“We are delighted that KCS has deemed CN’s binding proposal superior, recognizing the many compelling benefits of our combination and expressing confidence in CN’s ability to obtain the necessary approvals and successfully close the transaction,” CN CEO JJ Ruest said in a statement.

CN is still awaiting Surface Transportation Board approval for its request to place KCS into a voting trust while the merger is under regulatory review. CP last week received STB approval to put KCS in a trust should its merger deal go forward.

After KCS is placed in trust, KCS investors would receive their payment from CN. The STB will judge the CN-KCS deal under its tougher 2001 merger rules, which require the combining railroads to show that the merger enhances competition, is in the public interest, and to consider how it could prompt other Class I railroads to seek merger partners.

CP has said that a CN-KCS combination would eventually force it to seek a merger partner because it would be the smallest Class I system and would be dwarfed by the combined CN-KCS.

The new STB merger rules are untested. The CN-KCS deal would be the first to be reviewed under the rules that have stymied Class I consolidation for two decades.

CN expects to gain STB approval for its voting trust proposal and, in the second half of 2022, approval for the merger itself. Analysts expect regulators to approve the deal.

CN has said KCS would retain its corporate identity, with the U.S. headquarters of the combined railroad based in Kansas City, Mo.


RPA Houston Meeting June 19

KK5QQ
 

I plan to attend.
 
Irv Smith
 


From: tctommycom@...
To: RPA-Houston@groups.io
Sent: 5/6/2021 1:38:36 PM Central Standard Time
Subject: [RPA-Houston] Save the Date - RPA Houston Meeting June 19

Hi folks.  It’s been a while, for obvious reasons, since we have met in person together.  With so much happening with passenger rail on the national, state and local levels, it seems like a good time to gather our Houston area members for an update.  We have a room reserved at El Meson restaurant, 2425 University Avenue (in Rice Village) starting at noon on Saturday, June 19.  Agenda items will include a national legislative update, priorities for expanding passenger rail service in Texas, hopefully an update on the Texas Central Railway, an update on our efforts towards a daily Sunset Limited, and a discussion of whether and how to integrate Amtrak’s Houston station with the soon to open POST HTX development next door (the former U.S. Post Office building).  We could add on a visit to the station afterward for those interested.
 
Seating will be limited, so please let me know if you plan to attend.
 
Best regards,
 
Tom Compson


Re: TULSAN

Dennis Hogan
 

Try Mike Condren's Railroad Pages:
https://condrenrails.com/Tulsa-Railroad-Pages/


TULSAN

Gerald Hook
 

I’m in need of a photo(s) of the TULSAN for publication in the monthly South Central States Chapter – R&LHS newsletter.

 

Gerald Hook – Russellville, AR

gah333br@...


A summer 2021 outing for UP 4014?

Dennis Hogan
 

Preliminary announcement was made today but where to?
http://railfan.com/union-pacific-says-big-boy-to-run-in-2021/


Re: Sunset rare mileage

Dennis Hogan
 

I believe Amtrak trains have been detoured before all the way to San Antonio on the former Katy line
via Smithville, Lockhart, and San Marcos.
The "Texas Eagle" was detoured at least once via Hearne over the "Dalsa" to Giddings and Flatonia.


UPDATED: Union Pacific April 2021 Roster Changes

Sean Graham-White
 

Union Pacific April 2021 Roster Changes by SGW

 

GATX Lease Return:

GMTX GP38-2 2112, 2114, 2119, 2120, 2122, 2124, 2131, 2133, 2135, 2141, 2149, 2151, 2152, 2155, 2156, 2158, 2160

 

Retirements

UP 4141 (SD70ACE), retired on 04/28/21  (Note 1)

UP 6917 (C44ACCCA), retired on 4/28/21  (Note 2)

 

Renumbered

UP 1179 (GP60E), renumbered on 4/21/21 from UP 1912

 

 

NOTES:

1. 4141 donated to the George HW Bush Presidential Library for display.

2. UP 6917 was destroyed in a wreck on CP 1/26/21

 

 

Copyright 2021 Sean Graham-White

 



Union Pacific April 2021 Roster Changes

Sean Graham-White
 

Union Pacific April 2021 Roster Changes by SGW

 

GATX Lease Return:

GMTX GP38-2 2112, 2114, 2119, 2120, 2122, 2124, 2131, 2133, 2135, 2141, 2149, 2151, 2152, 2155, 2156, 2158, 2160

 

Retirements

UP 4141 (SD70ACE), retired on 04/28/21  (Note 1)

UP 6917 (C44ACCCA), retired on 4/28/21  (Note 2)

 

Renumbered

UP 1179 (GP60E), renumbered on 4/21/21 from UP 1912

 

 

NOTES:

1. 4141 donated to the George HW Bush Presidential Library for display.

2. Reason unknown for retirement.

 

 

Copyright 2021 Sean Graham-White

 



Re: [AllAboardRailDiscussion] AMTK 1

Gene Poon
 

On 5/9/2021 6:32 AM, John Sita wrote:
The westbound Sunset, Amtrak 1(8) got nailed yesterday evening by a broken down freight west of Houston and sat for a good seven hours or so. ETA at San Antonio is 8:30 AM, over eight hours late. I wonder if the crew hours of service expired and they had to be relieved?

Departed Houston 751pm, 56m late.

It detoured Rosenberg-Flatonia via West Point.  Amtrak crew not qualified on the detour, UP engineer and conductor required as pilots.

Approximate times on detour:

Stopped west of Rosenberg 915pm-1031pm. 

Reversed to Rosenberg, enroute on detour approx. 400am. 

Cat Spring 511am.   

New Ulm 526am. 

West Point 530am. 

Flatonia 700am.

Arrived San Antonio 858am, 8:53 late.  Amtrak crew Hours of Service would have expired enroute but I would expect that a relief crew could have met the train at Flatonia. 


Re: Sunset rare mileage

texaszephyr
 

I meant that it went to San Antonio.

On May 9, 2021, at 10:47 AM, Steve Goen <texaszephyr@sw.rr.com> wrote:

I heard this morning that yesterday’s Train 1 out of Houston took a rare mileage trip because of a UP freight that had broke down west of Rosenberg.

Supposedly the train went ex-SP Houston to Rosenberg, ex-Santa Fe Rosenberg to Sealy, ex-MKT Sealy to West Point, ex-SAAP West Point to Flatonia, and then back on the ex-SP to Houston.

It’s currently running over 9 hours late out of San Antonio.

Anyone know more about this?

TZ

Sent from my iPhone


Sunset rare mileage

texaszephyr
 

I heard this morning that yesterday’s Train 1 out of Houston took a rare mileage trip because of a UP freight that had broke down west of Rosenberg.

Supposedly the train went ex-SP Houston to Rosenberg, ex-Santa Fe Rosenberg to Sealy, ex-MKT Sealy to West Point, ex-SAAP West Point to Flatonia, and then back on the ex-SP to Houston.

It’s currently running over 9 hours late out of San Antonio.

Anyone know more about this?

TZ


15th Annual "24 Hours at Saginaw" 2021 - The DUCKS of SAGINAW!!!

Skip Waters
 


ATTENTION - POP UP TENT space reservations are taking off... get your space reserved today!
NOTE:  This is for the SPACE ONLY... YOU bring the POP UP Tent!

The countdown has started to attend the 15th Annual "24 Hours @ Saginaw" 2021!!!  

IT'S 
TIME 
TO 
WATCH 
SOME 
TRAINS!!!   

Dates are confirmed for the 15th Annual "24 Hours @ Saginaw" 2021!

7:00pm Friday, May 28th through 7:00pm Saturday, May 29th, 
at the Depot on Main Street in Saginaw, Texas.

BIG CHANGES ---  It's ALL OUTDOORS THIS YEAR!!!
We are not allowed in the Depot due to Covid and new City of Saginaw PERMITS office space.

We are accepting ideas and presentations that can be done outdoors!  Show N Tell, speakers, demonstrations or what have you.  We will probably not have any Video or Slide programs this year.   A PA system will be available.

POP UP TENTS -- Also, We are taking reservations for POP UP tents on the grounds of 24 Hours at Saginaw.  Since everything is outdoors, we expect lots of tents!  Due to social distancing and to not have a crowded space... we are taking RESERVATIONS for space to put up a POP UP tent.  Each space will be a $10 donation.  It includes a reserved space, two "24 Hours at Saginaw 2021" buttons. To make a reservation, send an email directly to Skip Waters at wgcrush@....  You will pay upon arrival.  We can take up to 20 tent spaces.  So get your reservation in now!!!  This is for the SPACE ONLY... YOU bring the POP UP Tent!

We will have a live auction on Friday evening (maybe a silent one too), play the Great Locomotive Race Trivia Game (I heard there are new questions this year)!!  And, expect the usual great fun, friends and activities to keep you busy for 24 Hours... and lots of TRAIN WATCHING!!!

So mark your calendars and get your lawn chairs ready (sleeping bags too) and reserve a POP UP tent space (first come, first serve with a reservation), 
it's 
TIME TO WATCH SOME TRAINS... IT'S "SAGINAW TIME!!"

Join the "24 Hours @ Saginaw" Facebook page for the latest updates,
https://www.facebook.com/24hoursatSaginaw

PRESENTERS: We are now accepting presenters who would like to put on a program for 
this year's event. Please email me off list to:  wgcrush@... to be on the schedule.

We need live presentations, clinics, exhibits... it just has to be about trains and  
railroads.

Whatever it is... It's time to show it and IT'S TIME TO WATCH SOME TRAINS!

Skip Waters
15th Annual "24 Hours @ Saginaw" 2021
Chairman
North Texas Chapter, NRHS
www.ntxnrhs.org

P.S  Also accepting gifts for door prizes!  If you have some to offer, please contact Skip directly.


Re: Tractor-Trailer split in half by train in Richmond, Tx

Ken Stavinoha
 

I went over on Wednesday night while City of Richmond crews were cleaning up and got my "souvenir" water bottle - there were plenty of loose ones still lying around. 


15th Annual "24 Hours at Saginaw" 2021 - BIG CHANGES - Time to Watch Some TRAINS!!!

Skip Waters
 




ATTENTION - POP UP TENT space reservations are taking off... get your space reserved today!

The countdown has started to attend the 15th Annual "24 Hours @ Saginaw" 2021!!!  

IT'S 
TIME 
TO 
WATCH 
SOME 
TRAINS!!!   

Dates are confirmed for the 15th Annual "24 Hours @ Saginaw" 2021!

7:00pm Friday, May 28th through 7:00pm Saturday, May 29th, 
at the Depot on Main Street in Saginaw, Texas.

BIG CHANGES ---  It's ALL OUTDOORS THIS YEAR!!!
We are not allowed in the Depot due to Covid and new City of Saginaw PERMITS office space.

We are accepting ideas and presentations that can be done outdoors!  Show N Tell, speakers, demonstrations or what have you.  We will probably not have any Video or Slide programs this year.   A PA system will be available.

POP UP TENTS -- Also, We are taking reservations for POP UP tents on the grounds of 24 Hours at Saginaw.  Since everything is outdoors, we expect lots of tents!  Due to social distancing and to not have a crowded space... we are taking RESERVATIONS for space to put up a POP UP tent.  Each space will be a $10 donation.  It includes a reserved space, two "24 Hours at Saginaw 2021" buttons. To make a reservation, send an email directly to Skip Waters at wgcrush@....  You will pay upon arrival.  We can take up to 20 tent spaces.  So get your reservation in now!!!

We will have a live auction on Friday evening (maybe a silent one too), play the Great Locomotive Race Trivia Game (I heard there are new questions this year)!!  And, expect the usual great fun, friends and activities to keep you busy for 24 Hours... and lots of TRAIN WATCHING!!!

So mark your calendars and get your lawn chairs ready (sleeping bags too) and reserve a POP UP tent space (first come, first serve with a reservation), 
it's 
TIME TO WATCH SOME TRAINS... IT'S "SAGINAW TIME!!"

Join the "24 Hours @ Saginaw" Facebook page for the latest updates,
https://www.facebook.com/24hoursatSaginaw

PRESENTERS: We are now accepting presenters who would like to put on a program for 
this year's event. Please email me off list to:  wgcrush@... to be on the schedule.

We need live presentations, clinics, exhibits... it just has to be about trains and  
railroads.

Whatever it is... It's time to show it and IT'S TIME TO WATCH SOME TRAINS!

Skip Waters
15th Annual "24 Hours @ Saginaw" 2021
Chairman
North Texas Chapter, NRHS
www.ntxnrhs.org

P.S  Also accepting gifts for door prizes!  If you have some to offer, please contact Skip directly.


Re: Shrinking TEXAS EAGLE consist?

texaszephyr
 

Not good at all.

So in spite of Amtrak’s big feel good announcements recently they now pull this.

This has always been Amtrak’s problem. They take one step forward and two steps back.

TZ


On May 6, 2021, at 7:41 PM, Dennis Hogan <denmeg_hogan@...> wrote:

From Trainorders:
Date: 05/06/21 19:07
TX Eagle Sightseer Lounge Discontinued
Author: SunsetLtd
"You may not see official word posted on the their site, but according to a multitude of sources the Eagle has had it's Lounge permanently discontinued on the Chicago - San Antonio leg. Even with the resumption of daily service later on this month, there is no intention in bringing the car back. All service will be provided of the 37000 CCC series cars similar to the Cap. It's unknown if full service Dining will be fully returned in June as well as technically with the Eagle being a one-night train, they consider it kin to the CoNO and may retain flex dining. Coach passengers are stuck in their seats with no where to go as currently the car closes for a few hours at a time to serve Sleeper passengers only. There is no seating anywhere in the car for Coach passengers even when the snack bar is open.  The current logic is one LSA can handle a full sleeper with meal service and 2 coaches on their own. The second Sleeper currently in all the Eagle sets only has Bedroom space available for sale, not Roomettes as the Dorms were pulled off as well. Train will remain a 5-car operation south of St. Louis with no 3rd Coach returning either. "


Shrinking TEXAS EAGLE consist?

Dennis Hogan
 

From Trainorders:
Date: 05/06/21 19:07
TX Eagle Sightseer Lounge Discontinued
Author: SunsetLtd
"You may not see official word posted on the their site, but according to a multitude of sources the Eagle has had it's Lounge permanently discontinued on the Chicago - San Antonio leg. Even with the resumption of daily service later on this month, there is no intention in bringing the car back. All service will be provided of the 37000 CCC series cars similar to the Cap. It's unknown if full service Dining will be fully returned in June as well as technically with the Eagle being a one-night train, they consider it kin to the CoNO and may retain flex dining. Coach passengers are stuck in their seats with no where to go as currently the car closes for a few hours at a time to serve Sleeper passengers only. There is no seating anywhere in the car for Coach passengers even when the snack bar is open.  The current logic is one LSA can handle a full sleeper with meal service and 2 coaches on their own. The second Sleeper currently in all the Eagle sets only has Bedroom space available for sale, not Roomettes as the Dorms were pulled off as well. Train will remain a 5-car operation south of St. Louis with no 3rd Coach returning either. "


Re: Arkansas & Missouri and Van Buren Tornadoes

Barton Jennings
 

The depot itself is okay with at most minor damage. Much of the fencing between the station and the tracks was blown over onto the railroad.
Bart.

On Thu, May 6, 2021 at 1:13 PM Steve Goen <texaszephyr@...> wrote:
Is the Frisco depot OK?


TZ

On May 6, 2021, at 12:01 PM, Barton Jennings wrote:

For those that haven't heard, the Van Buren, Arkansas, area was hit by two tornadoes about 10pm Monday night. Lots of trees down, flooding, and other damage in the area.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Monday night Fort Smith turn wasn't back to Springdale, and lots of tree trimming is taking place.

Because of the conditions along the line and in the area, the passenger trips on May 8th (Saturday) and May 9th (Sunday) have been cancelled.

Bart Jennings

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