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.”

Washington Post: Amtrak cancels dozens of trains because of weather, coronavirus cases among workers

Washington Post: Amtrak cancels dozens of trains because of weather, coronavirus cases among workers. “Amtrak said Thursday that it will reduce its schedule between New Year’s Eve and Jan. 6 as it battles bad weather in some parts of the country and a surge in coronavirus cases among its employees. About two dozen trains on both its Northeast Corridor and long-distance routes will be affected.”

The Guardian: Southern cancels London Victoria trains for two weeks over Covid

The Guardian: Southern cancels London Victoria trains for two weeks over Covid. “Southern has cancelled trains to and from London Victoria for two weeks as a result of pandemic-related staff shortages. Disruption to rail services has been worsening over the Christmas period while industrial action continues. Southern has now announced that none of its trains will run to or from London Victoria until 10 January owing to ‘coronavirus isolation and sickness’.”

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.”

Trains: Cheseapeake & Ohio Historical society receives slides from J. David Ingles collection

Trains: Cheseapeake & Ohio Historical society receives slides from J. David Ingles collection. “Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society announced in a press release that it received a collection of slides from the estate of J. David Ingles, the late senior editor of Classic Trains magazine and former editor of Trains magazine. The collection includes many slides from the 1960s and 1970s of the C&O in Ohio and Michigan, Ingles’ birthplace and one-time residence. The historical society is working to scan the approximately 3,000 slides to add to its digital archive.”

ZDNet: New Google Maps tools make navigating Sydney’s stations easier

ZDNet: New Google Maps tools make navigating Sydney’s stations easier. “Google and Transport for New South Wales have teamed up to launch new features on Google Maps to make navigating through Sydney’s 130 train and dozen metro stations easier. One of the new features is indoor Street View imagery that will allow commuters to virtually navigate interactive, panoramic imagery inside Sydney stations.”

New York Times: Amtrak Warns of Layoffs and Project Delays Without Billions in Assistance

New York Times: Amtrak Warns of Layoffs and Project Delays Without Billions in Assistance. “In a hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, William J. Flynn said his agency might have to cut an additional 2,400 jobs and divert funding from critical capital projects, such as the multibillion-dollar tunnel between New York and New Jersey — called the Gateway program — and improvements to New York Penn Station. His total budget request to Congress is $4.9 billion. That includes the rail agency’s $2 billion standard appropriation.”

Core 77: The Most Instagrammed Train Stations in the World

Core 77: The Most Instagrammed Train Stations in the World. “As an industrial designer in New York City, I commuted through Grand Central Station and never got tired of it. At least once a week, I’d halt my rush and take in some new detail of the ceiling or concourse. I’m not alone in my appreciation. Grand Central Station is the most Instagrammed train station in the world, with some 339,116 IG posts featuring it to date, according to European rail travel website Trainline.”

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.”

Google Keyword: Hip-hop dancers show Paris in a new light on Street View

Google Keyword: Hip-hop dancers show Paris in a new light on Street View. “When I see videos of myself dancing, it’s hard to imagine that person was once a shy girl from the outskirts of Paris. Thanks to hip-hop, I’ve found my path, and now I seek to help others do the same by encouraging them to use dance as a vehicle for expression. When Google’s Street View team asked if I’d like to show Paris and its iconic Gare de Lyon train station with the world through the lens of dance, I immediately said yes. “