Stream

David A Fishel
owner

General Rail Talk  - 
 
Police are cracking down on drivers who try to beat the gates at railroad crossings in the aftermath of the horrific February collision in Valhalla that killed six people.
3
Add a comment...

David A Fishel
owner

General Rail Talk  - 
 
A proposal to allow bigger trucks on highways, which could be costly to railroads, has put law enforcement officers at the forefront of a safety debate.
2
Add a comment...

Howie's Rail Videos

Everything World RR, Non North American  - 
 
Narrow Gauge Passengers Trains in Switzerland. 

A Driver's view of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn line between Brig & Visp, route of the Glacier Express.
3
Add a comment...

Adam Elmquist
owner

General Rail Talk  - 
 
 
Ellen Brody's three daughters appeared in a 'Today' show segment that aired Tuesday about their mother's death in the Valhalla train crash.
View original post
3
Add a comment...

James Brookman

Trainspotting N. American, Real RR  - 
5
Add a comment...

Taylor Woolston

Trainspotting N. American, Real RR  - 
 
CN 7044 leading 1434 on the CN St Boniface Spur.
5
Taylor Woolston's profile photodave allen's profile photo
5 comments
 
+Taylor Woolston Your welcome ! 
Add a comment...

David A Fishel
owner

Everything World RR, Non North American  - 
 
Why is it, that the more I read about railroading in the news these days....makes me believe our current generation of Railfans.......may be one of the last?
France’s love affair with high-speed railways seems to be cooling almost as rapidly as the trains can travel.
5
Add a comment...

dave allen
moderator

Trainspotting N. American, Real RR  - 
3
JULIAN Heyward's profile photodave allen's profile photo
2 comments
 
+JULIAN Heyward Thank you ! 
Add a comment...

David A Fishel
owner

Museums, Historical Societies, Tourist, etc.  - 
 
Unfortunately, the funds just did not mature as planned.
Plans for a funeral train that would have re-created the 1865 journey that took the president’s body from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Ill., have been scrapped because of a lack of funds.
7
1
Eric George's profile photoDavid A Fishel's profile photoMrUnionpacific's profile photo
3 comments
 
+Eric George: if I see any information I will let you know.
Add a comment...

David A Fishel
owner

General Rail Talk  - 
 
Just yesterday I posted an article about another Amtrak train that was involved with a trespasser accident. In the article, the writer stated that the "Conductor" sounded the train's horn several times to no avail.

Of course, those of us whom know anything about railroading, immediately caught that erroneous statement. In fact one community member politely corrected me - I suspect, just in case that I really did not know.

I reassured him that I indeed did know the article contained this (and other) errors. I also pointed our however, that most media journalist and TV newscasters are "rushed" to beat a deadline and often accuracy is sacrificed on the alter to speed.

Here is a beautiful example. In this TV report the news anchors introduce the story with a blurb about "...two people loosing their lives in a head-on train collision..." Now to respond to and prepare for any future events; a training session was scheduled between Amtrak & FIRTS responders. Ok - that's a good thing.

However, once the story begins we immediately see an inaccuracy; the 2 deaths referred to in the lead into this story were crew members on 2 FREIGHT TRAINS. The story is about a training session on PASSENGER TRAINS.

The inaccuracy is not an innocent "oops" by the writers; after all, news about a boring old training class - well, it won't generate ratings. However, if you "spice it up" by referring to a horrific head on collision of two trains that killed two people.....there go the ratings!

Let's face reality here! The likelihood of head-on collisions between trains has been and continues to be reduced drastically. We know that. But is that accurately reported here?

The inference here is that Amtrak passenger trains could be involved in such a horrific collision. True statement? Yes. However, is any of the railroad's continuing safety improvement for prevention of these mentioned? No. The reader or as in this case, the listener, is only told how Amtrak and first responders are training to rescue passenger 'WHEN' this happens.

The training itself - that's a great thing and yes, it is needed. The way that the media presents the cooperative efforts between Amtrak & first responders, is not.

If we, as both Railfans and as the American General Public's voice; speak up and begin calling attention to HOW the story is presented by the media. Demand accuracy in broadcasting & writing (CBS touts their pledge to "Fair & Accurate" reporting of the news) of ALL railroad related stories.

Accidents are going to occur; safety will and should always be priority 1. Allowing our mass media outlets to dilute, pollute, twist or "manage" stories to their advantage is not only wrong; it WILL RESULT in undue regulations, requirements, rulings and oversight by Government Agencies.

Oh, not only for the railroad industry...but for passengers, Railfans and the general public too!
4
Kyle Genthon (The Lone Photographer)'s profile photo
 
News and other media sources tend to exaggerate to make it seem like it'll impact a whole industry. For instance, when there was a major apartment fire close to my old home, news media said the apartment industry was indefinitely closing down in my area because of the fire. I literally wanted to punch the news anchor standing outfront of the burned building that day for saying INACCURATE information.
Add a comment...

About this community

Share anything, related to the heritage with railroads of the countries within the North American continent, also the present and future too. Community Rules: Rule #1 Please use common sense when railfanning and when posting to this community. Rule #2 Please don't be rude and when replying to posts keep to the subject of the post. Rule #3 Please follow Rules #1 & #2.

David A Fishel
owner

General Rail Talk  - 
 
Just three Michigan Republicans voted to stop the runaway train bailouts.
1
Add a comment...

Video Mitch

Everything World RR, Non North American  - 
 
Through the drivers cab on the JR Kobe Line in 2007
Between Sannomiya & Osaka, travelling on  a "Special Rapid" service
3
Add a comment...

James Brookman

Trainspotting N. American, Real RR  - 
 
4512
5
Thomas Dyer.'s profile photoJames Brookman's profile photo
2 comments
 
Thank you
Add a comment...

dave allen
moderator

Trainspotting N. American, Real RR  - 
4
1
Diego Vega's profile photo
Add a comment...

Thomas Flansburg

Trainspotting N. American, Real RR  - 
 
 
Nice shot of Two NS locomotives and one of the few D&H 7303 painted locomotives left crossing the Tunkhannock Viaduct pulling CP train 458. 
View original post
10
1
Sumner Rutledge's profile photo
Add a comment...

Video Mitch

Everything World RR, Non North American  - 
 
Swiss mountain railways in winter. At Alp Grüm station, near the top of the Bernina Pass. 
5
JULIAN Heyward's profile photo
 
good video
Add a comment...

David A Fishel
owner

Rail News: loco purchases, construction, new lines, etc  - 
 
It was announced in Indianapolis this morning; the 4-times weekly "Hoosier State" will officially make its last run between Indianapolis and Chicago tomorrow, 01April, 2015.

The fate of these Amtrak Cascades trains appears to be moving to the exact same ending.
A public hearing was held in Salem Monday to discuss a proposed budget for Amtrak's Cascades route that is millions of dollars short of what…
4
Add a comment...

Spencer Batey

Trainspotting N. American, Real RR  - 
 
Lots of intersecting catches in this one https://youtu.be/zPtbyH4XzWs
3
Victor Aguilarl's profile photo
 
Cool video
Add a comment...

Kyle Genthon (The Lone Photographer)
moderator

Trainspotting N. American, Real RR  - 
 
Looks like some very religous freaks didn't like CSXT666's numbering.

©Minkota Rail Fan (2015)
12
jerry arnold's profile photoMrUnionpacific's profile photo
8 comments
 
I saw that engine in East Dubuque 
Add a comment...

steam age daydreams

Everything World RR, Non North American  - 
 
steam age daydreams originally shared:
 
click the pic to get the full story
If ever a line was ' the wrong side of the tracks' it's the Middleton Railway. There's something rather obtuse about a city, with a  locomotive building, and railway pioneering,  pedigree second to...
9
Thomas Dyer.'s profile photosteam age daydreams's profile photo
2 comments
 
+Thomas Dyer. Gala days when they go down the balm Road Branch are the ones to go for Thomas. atb Dave
Add a comment...