Fred Frailey Blog
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    Posted over 2 years ago by Fred Frailey
    Planning a drive up the Atlantic coast from Jacksonville, Fla., more or less on U.S. 301, I realize that no fewer than six high-priority trains leave Savannah, Ga., for Jacksonville on CSX between about 3 and 7 a.m., with a seventh train bringing...
    Posted over 3 years ago by Fred Frailey
    I'm old enough to not be frightened by big numbers. But I have to admit catching my breath when I saw what it costs Amtrak to operate three of its most popular and endearing trains. We're talking nine digits. The National Railroad Passenger...
    Posted over 3 years ago by Fred Frailey
    Amtrak and states that support its short-distance trains earned bragging rights over the past seven years. Between 2003 and 2010, ridership on this network of trains exploded, rising 77 percent. The honor roll goes like this: Chicago-St. Louis trains...
    Posted over 3 years ago by Fred Frailey
    If you’re reading this, it means you have a passion for trains or the business and romance of railroading. That passion became evident in me at age 10 or 11, in a dusty Northeast Texas town with the improbable name of Sulphur Springs, its...
    Posted over 3 years ago by Fred Frailey
    OnlineJournal.com is a web-based news service that says it has, since 1998, provided “accurate news, analysis, and commentary on the topics that matter most.” I’m not sure about “accurate,” having read the title put...
    Posted over 3 years ago by Fred Frailey
    Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 You tell me. I want to know. Let’s limit the selection to the top dogs of the six big North American railroads. If we...
    Posted over 3 years ago by Fred Frailey
    This morning I got off the Carolinian at Washington Union Station, and on the adjacent track stood four of Amtrak’s P42 locomotives, waiting head to tail, elephant-style, for assignments on trains to Virginia or points south. Walking past...
    Posted over 3 years ago by Fred Frailey
    Amtrak recently released revisions to its plans for replacing its aging fleet of cars and locomotives, first announced in 2010. Buried in those 89 pages (read them yourself by going here ) is what we scribblers like to call breaking news. Let...

April, 2011