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500 To Whistle Over For City’s Lilac Parade

It may not rank up there with the legendary Orient Express. But the Lilac Express is about to make history. Five-hundred Seattle-area residents recently jumped at the chance to ride …


Wutc Holds Hearings On Allowing Faster Trains

Passenger trains could rocket through Sprague, Wash., at 79 mph under a proposal that regulators will consider this week. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has scheduled four public hearings …


Four Hurt After Car Slams Into Train

Four young men were injured Sunday morning when their car slammed into a freight train in the Spokane Valley. The collision occurred about 2:30 a.m. at a railroad crossing near …


This Christmas, Sandpoint Has No Trains Moving Tracks Out Of Downtown Is A Great Present, Mayor Says

The Union Pacific trains that slowly rumble through the middle of Sandpoint - causing traffic jams, accidents and delays for emergency vehicles - disappeared this week. The railroad finally completed …


Commuters Trapped In Train Wreckage

A train carrying commuters home at rush hour slammed into an empty train outside London on Thursday, killing at least one passenger and injuring 66 others. Firefighters at the scene …


Bus, Train Crash Kills 33 In Mexico

A bus and a passenger train collided at a railroad crossing in this Pacific Coast port, killing 33 people and injuring 13, officials said Saturday. Sinaloa state attorney Luis Zuniga …


Wooden Webs Railway Left Behind A Trestle System Perfect For Tourists And Explorers

A mammoth wooden trestle spans one of the gorges in British Columbia’s Myra Canyon. Photo by Stanton H. Patty


Riding In Style Rocky Mountaineer Offers Luxurious Way To See Western Canada

The Rocky Mountaineer rolls through forested country-side with the Canadian Rockies as a backdrop. Photo by Canadian Rail Tours


Some Evacuees Refuse To Return

Many residents of Alberton, evacuated more than two weeks ago by a train derailment, were allowed to return home during the weekend. However, a group of about 80 residents say …


Chlorine To Be Unloaded From Tank Cars Evacuees May Be Kept Away From Homes For Two Weeks Until Derailment Is Cleaned Up

Les Roat, a resident of Alberton, Mont., carries an armload of cats from a neighbor’s house Saturday. The town has been empty since Thursday morning when a train derailed nearby, …


Inland Rail Lines Go Up For Sale

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. said Monday that bidders have until May 24 to make an offer on 277 miles of Inland Northwest rail lines for sale west and south …


Evacuated Residents Get To Go Home

Residents locked out of their city for nearly three weeks because of a train derailment and propane fire will return home today, officials said Thursday. “This time they’re coming in …


Huge Railway Station Opens In Beijing

Chinese leaders opened Asia’s largest railway station Sunday - a $720 million project aimed at easing congestion in the capital. After Premier Li Peng cut a ceremonial ribbon, a train …


Train Crossing Deaths Prompt State To Add Lights, Guards Arms

The Idaho Department of Transportation plans to put new overhead lights and crossing arms at the railroad intersection where a Pocatello mother and her son were killed Thursday, but not …


Passenger Train Hits Truck, Killing 5

Amtrak’s City of New Orleans passenger train plowed into a pickup truck on Thursday, killing all five people in the truck. No one aboard the train was injured, Amtrak spokesman …


16 Cars From Train Derail, Spilling Grain

Sixteen cars of a Montana Rail Link freight train derailed near here Monday, spilling grain and shutting down the track for at least a day. “We still have no idea …


Four Men Hurt When Trains Collide

Two freight trains collided in the desert Friday as one tried to cross to another set of tracks, injuring four men and derailing 17 cars and locomotives. The cause was …


Second Victim Of Train Accident Named

Using fingerprints, Boundary County authorities identified the second victim of Monday’s train accident as Marla White, a 28-year-old Bonners Ferry woman. White and Michael Cooper, 21, a member of the …


Integrity Of Train Rail Questioned

Burlington Northern freight trains rumbling through Rathdrum have weakened a railroad crossing, says a mechanic who works nearby. Don Head of Norm’s Conoco Service on Idaho Highway 53 said the …


Training Run New Scenic Sandpoint To Billings Service Makes Its Maiden Voyage

1. The train is a great place to take pictures, photographer Michael Gallacher finds out Wednesday. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review 2. (photo of train logo)


Amtrak Resumes Seattle-To-Vancouver Service Travelers Excited As Train Returns As Option After 14-Year Absence

Charles Mott, left of Seattle and Mark Garcia of Mount Vernon, Wash., brought American and Canadian flags as they boarded the first scheduled train from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C., on …


Amtrak Scales Back Service Again Latest Cuts Don’t Impact Local Service, Which Was Reduced In December

The train they call the City of New Orleans will be cut from seven to five days a week, the Broadway Limited to Chicago will end at Pittsburgh and Houston …


Canadian Rail Talks Resume

Canada’s government called opposing sides in a rail strike together Sunday to negotiate an end to the conflict, but threatened to legislate a resolution if talks fail. “I still believe …


Derailment Damages Track, Spills Grain

A Sunday afternoon derailment of 12 train cars east of Helena left damaged track and spilled grain, but no injuries. One car overturned, spilling about half its load of grain, …


Man Survives Train Smash Train Was Going Slow Through Rathdrum

Schoolchildren in Rathdrum stop to look at the aftermath of an accident after a train struck a car that did not stop at the tracks. The drive, Alva Smith, 83, …


Brakes Fail, 102 People Killed When Train Plunges Into Ravine In Burma

A passenger train derailed and plummeted into a ravine in central Burma, killing 102 people in what broadcast reports said was the country’s deadliest train accident ever. The train, traveling …