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January 18, 2004 | Warren Zanes
Late last month, to my amazement and dismay, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta announced that the lonely, eerie, mournful train whistles that have for so long been a part of railroad culture in the United States are, in fact, a nuisance -- and that towns across the nation would henceforth be allowed to ban them. "This rule means a lot less noise for millions of Americans," Mineta said cheerfully. I find it hard to meet such news without deep ambivalence.
January 11, 2004 | Stephanie Chavez, Times Staff Writer
About 300 Montebello residents took full advantage Saturday of a chance to tell state Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer why they believe one of the nation's busiest railways is eroding their lifestyle and threatening their safety. For nearly two hours Lockyer listened to their accounts of blocked traffic, fouled air and even property damage.
June 24, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
The lead locomotive of a Union Pacific train derailed Monday afternoon as it moved onto a side track but did not overturn, officials said. The locomotive, pulling a string of cargo containers, moved off the tracks on Valley Boulevard between Alhambra and Marianna avenues about 4 p.m., Los Angeles Police Lt. Marcos Saenz said. It had stopped to switch cargo. Traffic was blocked for about 90 minutes.
June 22, 2003 | Seema Mehta, Kurt Streeter and Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writers
When thousands of tons of freight cars rolled free from a Montclair switching station, crew members knew they had just minutes to try to stop them before the runaway cars gained too much speed. Their one shot, experts agreed Saturday, was to catch the cars with a locomotive before they left the yard, a risky maneuver. Frantic Union Pacific employees tried to get permission from their dispatch operators to give chase. By the time they heard back, it was too late.
June 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A state police motorcycle officer jumped aboard a runaway locomotive and helped bring it safely to a halt. No one was hurt as the locomotive rolled through rural neighborhoods, with officers racing from railroad crossing to railroad crossing to block traffic. Police said the locomotive was reported loose and traveling at about 40 mph in west Boise. Near Nampa, about 25 miles west of Boise, Cpl. Duane Prescott tried twice to jump aboard, making it the second time.
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.
April 12, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Eva Narcissus Boyd, 59, the teenager known as Little Eva when her first recording, "The Loco-Motion," hit No. 1 in 1962, died Thursday of cervical cancer at a hospital in Kinston, N.C., according to her manager, Brenda Cape. Born in Bellhaven, N.C., Boyd moved to New York City as a teenager and auditioned for girl groups without much success. She was discovered by songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin while baby-sitting their daughter, Louise Goffin.
March 2, 2003
"GM Takes a Radical Turn With Its Hy-Wire Hydrogen-Powered Car" (Feb. 19) answered all my questions, except one: Where is the hydrogen going to come from? Green Car Journal Publisher Ron Cogan's remark that "it all depends on the fuel industry getting there on time" points out the problem. Practical quantities of hydrogen gas could come only from electrolysis, using electricity as the energy source. Has anyone thought about how much electricity it would take to shift our national locomotive power source from gasoline?
August 3, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ted Rose, 61, a watercolor artist whose five images of Depression-era streamlined locomotives were printed on 33-cent postage stamps issued in 1999, died of cancer July 26 in Santa Fe, N.M. Rose, who was known for realistic watercolor portrayals of 20th century American landscapes and industrial culture, had been commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service to create five original designs for its "All Aboard!" stamp series.
Liberation 2368 is a beautiful beast living on borrowed time. On most days, the huffing, puffing steam engine pants back and forth through the honey-colored hillsides of central China, pulling loads of coal with hacking hisses of complaint. But the end of the line is in sight. "This engine's off for a major overhaul next month. They'll test the pressure of the boiler and if it's still up to scratch, it'll go for another year.
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