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March 29, 2011 | By Benoit Lebourgeois, Special to the Los Angeles Times
What kid or adult has not daydreamed about playing train engineer?  The Nevada Northern Railway, a National Historic Landmark in Ely, Nev., about 250 miles north of Las Vegas , stokes the dreams of the Old West by renting out a century-old steam locomotive to would-be engineers who can shove coal into the firebox, pull on the throttle and blow the whistle. The rental price, which runs into the hundreds, varies. But if you book and pay by Thursday for trips between April and October, you can get a discount.
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January 25, 2014 | By Bob Pool
A massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy will roll out of Pomona's Fairplex on Sunday morning on its way to restoration at Union Pacific's rail yard in Cheyenne, Wyo., and its eventual return to rail tracks across America. Union Pacific crews will sever the Metrolink tracks shortly after midnight near the Fairplex Metrolink station and push the 600-ton locomotive on the main line, where it will be towed by modern diesel freight locomotives 56 miles to Colton as it is readied for its trip to Wyoming.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt
The locomotive of an Amtrak train carrying 200 people from San Diego to Los Angeles caught fire in Lake Forest on Tuesday afternoon, delaying passengers for about two hours. The rear engine compartment of the five-car Surfliner train No. 573 caught fire about 12:45 between Lake Forest Drive and Bake Parkway, train and fire officials said. When the engineer saw smoke rising from the compartment, he stopped the locomotive and attempted to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher, said Capt.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2014 | Times wire services
General Electric Co. shares fell the most in seven months after Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt failed to deliver on a profit-margin forecast that he had been repeating for more than a year. GE shares dropped 62 cents, or 2.3%, to $26.58 on Friday after GE said profit margins at units making jet engines, medical scanners and locomotives expanded last year less than the 0.7 percentage point that Immelt set as a goal in December 2012 and affirmed last month. The misstep comes as Immelt focuses on manufacturing growth while shrinking the Fairfield, Conn., company's finance unit.
NEWS
May 13, 1989 | ERIC MALNIC and JENIFER WARREN, Times Staff Writers
A runaway freight train careened down the Cajon Pass, leaped the tracks, plunged down a 30-foot embankment and slammed into seven homes Friday morning, killing two boys in one of the houses and a trainman. Two men were missing and at least six other people were injured, one of them critically. Railroad officials said a crewman radioed a "Mayday" call that the heavily laden train was out of control as it began to accelerate down the long 2.2% grade. All six locomotives and 69 cars of the Southern Pacific freight were hurled from the tracks as the train entered a curve at 90 m.p.h.
NEWS
July 27, 1988 | Associated Press
A passenger train collided with a locomotive Tuesday in suburban Brussels, injuring 30 people, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2010 | By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
About 25 years ago, a group of Southern California train enthusiasts made either the best or the worst investment of their lives, depending on how you look at it. For the grand sum of $1, they bought the Santa Fe 3751, a 430-ton locomotive that had once played a seminal role in introducing high-capacity, high-speed passenger rail service to the West. Then they set out to get the thing working again, which wound up taking five years, $1.3 million, including cash outlay and in-kind contributions, and the work of nearly 400 volunteers.
NEWS
September 18, 1986 | United Press International
A man who fell asleep between the rails of a railroad track was only slightly injured when a locomotive and several boxcars passed over him, police said. Eduardo Rodriguez, 23, a construction worker, was treated for minor cuts Tuesday at Baylor University Medical Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1992
The tragic Metrolink accident in Pacoima Nov. 25 resulted in a lot of finger-pointing. Somehow the operation of the Metrolink train system seems to have escaped blame. Except when a train is being made up in a switching yard, it is traditional in any train system to have a locomotive pulling a string of cars behind it. In this accident a locomotive was pushing three cars down the track at 77 m.p.h. When the truck driver first observed the train, he quite clearly felt the train was retreating into the distance, not approaching at a rate of 112 feet per second.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1992
Harry Pace is on the wrong track in blaming the Metrolink accident in Pacoima on the fact that the locomotive was pushing the train as opposed to leading the train (Letters to the Editor, Times Valley Edition, Dec. 6). The practice of commuter rail locomotives operating on a push-pull mode is common and acceptable. Most commuter rail systems on the East Coast and in Canada have for many years operated with the locomotive pushing the cars in one direction and pulling them in the opposite direction.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2013 | By Jori Finkel
Once the great estate of a railroad tycoon, the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens has just become home to a painting of a powerful locomotive. Last week a group of art collectors helped the Huntington buy a 1935 Reginald Marsh painting of a hulking locomotive at work, belching copious amounts of steam. The painting adds to the Huntington's holdings in 20th century American art, a growth field for the institution, and complements its library holdings on the history of the railroad industry.
TRAVEL
November 18, 2012 | By Ryan Ritchie
Motorists have plenty of reasons to stop in Las Vegas, but for those whose final destination is Ely, Nev., the most important is gas. That's because the three-hour drive north on U.S. 93 is filled with so much nothing that they'll start to ask themselves two questions: First, have those scientists who claim our planet is overpopulated ever driven this route? Second, does Ely, a town of about 4,000, really exist? The answer to the latter, thankfully, is yes. The bed Upon check-in at the Hotel Nevada & Gambling Hall (501 Aultman St.; [775]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
A coalition of environmental groups is suing three companies that operate 17 rail yards throughout California, looking to eliminate the toxic diesel particulate emissions spewed by locomotives and trucks over surrounding communities. In a complaint filed this week in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, the coalition demanded that Union Pacific Corp., Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC and BNSF Railway Co. replace older, more polluting locomotives and trucks with newer, cleaner models; prohibit idling near residences; and adopt technologies designed to reduce diesel soot.
TRAVEL
July 8, 2011 | By Megan Kimble, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Jogging along the Whittier Greenway Trail is traversing a corridor of history, a trip through an era when citrus trees bloomed — and boomed — in the breeze of passing rail trains. I found this trail because I wanted somewhere long and flat to run, but then I realized I'd stumbled on a relic of a Southern California long past. The Whittier Greenway Trail is a rail trail, a multipurpose public path along an abandoned rail corridor. Following the gentle grade of railroads, rail trails offer recreation — bicycling, walking, horseback riding — and open transportation routes through otherwise dense urban areas where similar trails would now be difficult to build.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2011 | By Steve Harvey
Even for Los Angeles, the accident scene drew an unusually large number of gawkers — and the accident hadn't even happened yet. The 6,000 or so ticket-buyers who gathered that September day in 1906 had come to see a staged head-on collision between two locomotives on a mile-long stretch of track laid down in Agricultural Park near downtown. The Times gave the meeting of Engine Nos. 13 and 23, late of the Salt Lake Railroad, the tongue-in-cheek buildup of a great boxing match or horse race.
NEWS
March 29, 2011 | By Benoit Lebourgeois, Special to the Los Angeles Times
What kid or adult has not daydreamed about playing train engineer?  The Nevada Northern Railway, a National Historic Landmark in Ely, Nev., about 250 miles north of Las Vegas , stokes the dreams of the Old West by renting out a century-old steam locomotive to would-be engineers who can shove coal into the firebox, pull on the throttle and blow the whistle. The rental price, which runs into the hundreds, varies. But if you book and pay by Thursday for trips between April and October, you can get a discount.
NEWS
April 20, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A locomotive roared to life in Umm al Qasr as British and Iraqi officials formally reopened a rail line between the port town and Basra -- the expected route for aid into the rest of southern Iraq. "It's another sign that normality is returning and the days of warfare are over," said Brig. Shaun Cowlam. Working with British forces, Umm al Qasr residents have restored water, electricity and a phone system. The first major trainload of medical supplies and water is to head to Basra this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2014 | By Bob Pool
A massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy will roll out of Pomona's Fairplex on Sunday morning on its way to restoration at Union Pacific's rail yard in Cheyenne, Wyo., and its eventual return to rail tracks across America. Union Pacific crews will sever the Metrolink tracks shortly after midnight near the Fairplex Metrolink station and push the 600-ton locomotive on the main line, where it will be towed by modern diesel freight locomotives 56 miles to Colton as it is readied for its trip to Wyoming.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Unstoppable" is as good as its name. A runaway train drama that never slows down, it fashions familiarity into a virtue and shows why old-school professionalism never goes out of style. With action auteur Tony Scott directing, "Unstoppable" certainly features a lot that we've seen before, from its vehicle-from-hell format to its venerable advertising line: "1,000,000 Tons, 100,000 Lives, 100 Minutes. " Yes, they still do make them that way. This is also the second straight Scott film (after the underappreciated "The Taking of Pelham 123")
SPORTS
October 25, 2010 | T.J. Simers
So I'm reading the newspaper here, because what else is there to do in this city, when I find my curiosity piqued. You probably recall the name too: Jim Fassel . He was big time in Southern California as a quarterback at Anaheim High, then Fullerton College, on to USC and Long Beach State. He recruited John Elway out of high school, coaching him at Stanford and later with the Broncos. A line began to form, NFL teams wanting his offensive input as coordinator, the Redskins, Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders, Rams talking to him about becoming a head coach.
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