Salt Lake Tribune: Utah cold case investigators unveil nationwide resource aimed at solving railroad killings

Salt Lake Tribune: Utah cold case investigators unveil nationwide resource aimed at solving railroad killings. “The database currently has more than 1,000 entries, spanning crimes ranging from the 1960s to 2012, and still more are being added. At least 12 of the cases originated in Utah. Volunteers have pieced together information from newspapers, police and court records and even railroad documents, and they soon hope to visit train archives in other states that may contain more information.” The database is not publicly-available because the information has not been scrubbed of personal information, but the Cold Case Coalition is happy to search it for law enforcement of family of missing persons.

Norfolk Southern: Norfolk Southern donates Norfolk and Western Railway archives, $750,000 to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture

Norfolk Southern: Norfolk Southern donates Norfolk and Western Railway archives, $750,000 to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. “The collection dates to the 1840s and includes thousands of photographs and glass plate negatives, as well as business records, annual reports, blueprints, plans, bridge drawings, advertisements, portraits, and three-dimensional artifacts from predecessor railroads that together provide a fascinating look into the growth of rail transportation across the eastern United States. The company will also donate $750,000 to support the collection in perpetuity.”

Bloomberg Government: Amtrak to Cut 2022 Service as Workforce Shrinks on Shot Refusals

Bloomberg Government: Amtrak to Cut 2022 Service as Workforce Shrinks on Shot Refusals. “Amtrak expects it won’t have enough employees to operate all its trains next month when it plans to enforce Covid-19 vaccine requirements. As Amtrak prepares to comply with the federal vaccine mandate, it will likely need to temporarily reduce frequency, particularly on its long-distance services, Stephen Gardner, president of Amtrak, said in written testimony for a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing. About 94% of the rail company’s workers have been fully vaccinated as of this week.”

University at Buffalo: UB professor’s book inspires digital exhibition

University at Buffalo: UB professor’s book inspires digital exhibition. “Myseum of Toronto is hosting an online conversation with Cecil Foster, UB professor of Africana and American Studies, at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 to officially open a new exhibition based on his groundbreaking history, ‘They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada.’ ‘Derailed: The History of Black Railway Porters in Canada’ is a digital exhibit created in collaboration with Foster that builds upon his book’s illuminating narrative to present the porters’ story through dramatic monologues, articles, archival photographs, artifacts and discussion surrounding their push for civil rights across North America.”

Maine Government News: Maine State Archives Shares Railroad Accident Report of the Death of Civil Rights Leader James Weldon Johnson

Maine Government News: Maine State Archives Shares Railroad Accident Report of the Death of Civil Rights Leader James Weldon Johnson. “The original report of the 1938 railroad accident that killed famed Civil Rights leader James Weldon Johnson in Wiscasset, which is held by the Maine State Archives, is now available for viewing on DigitalMaine.com…. James Weldon Johnson was a famous author and Civil Rights activist during the early twentieth century. He is most famous for writing the lyrics to ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’ commonly referred to as the Black National Anthem.”

InPublishing: Railway Modeller magazine completes digital archive back to 1949

InPublishing: Railway Modeller magazine completes digital archive back to 1949. “Published monthly by Peco Publications, Railway Modeller is a guide to creating railscapes of every era of train, from steam to electric, and caters for modellers of all abilities, says Exact Editions. Each issue features the best from the hobby for those modelling Britain’s railways in all the popular scales and offers a blend of articles by experts and beginners alike, including a special section for newcomers wanting to learn all about the hobby and model making in general.”

NC Supreme Court: NC Railroad, owned by state, can keep records secret (WRAL)

WRAL: NC Supreme Court: NC Railroad, owned by state, can keep records secret. “The North Carolina Railroad Company, which the state of North Carolina owns, doesn’t have to provide records to the public under the state’s open records law, a divided state Supreme Court ruled Friday. The decision, in Southern Environmental Law Center v. N.C. Railroad, upheld a lower court’s ruling.”

El País: Franco’s tyranny against railroad workers

El País: Franco’s tyranny against railroad workers. “In 2011, a team of forensic anthropologists uncovered a 30-meter-long chain of graves in Gumiel de Izán, Burgos. … Ten years on, Public Works Minister José Luis Ábalos and the president of Spain’s state-owned railway operator Renfe, Isaías Táboas, have set up a website…and released a film called, Los hijos del hierro (or The children of steel) which documents the tyranny of the Francisco Franco dictatorship towards its enemies forced to work in this sector.”

Jalopnik: When Adobe Stopped Flash Content From Running It Also Stopped A Chinese Railroad

Jalopnik: When Adobe Stopped Flash Content From Running It Also Stopped A Chinese Railroad. “Adobe’s Flash, the web browser plug-in that powered so very many crappy games, confusing interfaces, and animated icons of the early web like Homestar Runner is now finally gone, after a long, slow, protracted death. For most of us, this just means that some goofy webgame you searched for out of misplaced nostalgia will no longer run. For a select few in China, though, the death of Flash meant being late to work, because the city of Dalian in northern China was running their railroad system on it.”

New York Times: Amtrak Chief Pleads for Nearly $5 Billion to Survive Pandemic

New York Times: Amtrak Chief Pleads for Nearly $5 Billion to Survive Pandemic. “Amtrak’s chief executive, William J. Flynn, urged House lawmakers on Wednesday to provide $4.9 billion for the national passenger rail agency, warning that additional cuts to its service and work force would be needed to ‘stave off bankruptcy’ if Congress did not provide any further emergency funding.”

Washington Post: Amtrak is ending daily service to hundreds of stations. Blame the coronavirus pandemic, the railroad says.

Washington Post: Amtrak is ending daily service to hundreds of stations. Blame the coronavirus pandemic, the railroad says.. “Amtrak is ending daily service to hundreds of stations outside the Northeast, and you can blame the coronavirus pandemic, the railroad said this week. Starting Oct. 1, most Amtrak long-distance trains will operate three times a week instead of daily, the company said in a memo to employees Monday.”