March, 2009 - jstagl - Editors' Posts - MyProgressiveRailroading
    • 26 Mar 2009

    An enduring love affair that continues to endure

    Flora and David Rollerson have two great loves: their marriage and trains. The parents of nine, grandparents of 40, great-grandparents of 76, great-great grandparents of 74 and great-great-great-grandparents of four celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on Dec. 24, 2008. They’ve also marked a long marriage, of sorts, to railroads, according to an item posted on the “BNSF News” Web site . David Rollerson...
    • 18 Mar 2009

    Short lines get tiny share of Kansas' stimulus dollars

    Before the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was signed into law, short lines had hoped to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in economic stimulus funding. Instead, they got lumped into a $27.5 billion highway program that enables states to allocate some funds for rail projects, and a $1.5 billion intermodal discretionary program that can be used for highway, bridge, public transportation, passenger- and...
    • 16 Mar 2009

    NS' Thoroughbred School in a workforce development class by itself

    To gain a big-picture perspective of their employer and role in its success, Norfolk Southern Corp. workers need to undergo a little schooling. The ideal institute: the Thoroughbred School, or T-School. Established in 2007 at NS’ Norfolk, Va., headquarters, T-School aims to provide non-agreement workers a better understanding of the company — such as current issues and goals — and what each employee...
    • 11 Mar 2009

    Delawarians give two bits about an historic railroad gracing their state's new quarter

    I’m not a numismatist, but I did collect the 50 state quarters issued by the U.S. Mint between 1999 and 2008. I hear there’s going to be another long-running series of quarters beginning next year that will feature an important landmark from 56 states and territories. I’m not sure I’ll collect them, but there’s one quarter I’ll be keeping an eye out for: Delaware’s. Why? Because...
    • 9 Mar 2009

    TTCI's annual 'review' shed spotlight on R&D

    I didn’t venture out to Pueblo, Colo., earlier this month for the Transportation Technology Center Inc.’s (TTCI) 14th annual research review. But since I attended the event last year, I was curious about this year’s turnout and the topics covered. I just got answers to those questions. According to a news item posted on TTCI’s Web site last week, more than 340 representatives from railroads, suppliers...