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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1999
Five railroad tanker cars carrying hot asphalt derailed Thursday evening next to Cerritos Regional County Park. Some asphalt leaked from one car, but no one was hurt, authorities said. The derailment occurred just before 6 p.m. east of Bloomfield Avenue and north of Del Amo Boulevard in Cerritos, said county Fire Capt. Steve Valenzuela. The train was carrying asphalt from Paramount to Anaheim, he said.
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November 18, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Phil's Diner, a North Hollywood landmark, returned Wednesday on the back of a truck after a long absence and a $1.2-million renovation. Movers lowered the 25,000-pound diner into place at its new location on Lankershim Boulevard north of Magnolia Boulevard, where it will open in March after being closed for a decade. The restaurant was moved from its historic home on Chandler Boulevard and kept in storage to make way for real estate development near the North Hollywood subway station.
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NEWS
February 3, 1989 | From Associated Press
Two explosions caused by runaway railroad cars rocked Montana's capital city Thursday, cutting off electricity and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people as wind chills dipped to 70 degrees below zero. The runaway cars derailed and hit a propane tank near the railroad tracks, setting off an explosion. Minutes later, the fire from the blast caused one of the derailed cars containing a flammable chemical to blow up, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2009 | Ruben Vives
Five railroad tanker cars derailed Thursday at a train yard in La Mirada, authorities said. No injuries were reported in the 6:19 a.m. accident near the intersection of Macaw Street and Herron Avenue, said Capt. Mike Brown of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Three of the tankers fell into La Mirada Creek, but none of them leaked into the waterway, Brown said. They were carrying ethanol, said Lena Kent, a spokeswoman for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. One tanker on the ground was empty, she said, but another carrying potassium hydroxide, used as a bleach in the manufacture of soaps, glass and alkaline batteries, was leaking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1989 | MICHELE OSTROVE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Despite dirt and fumes, there's no finer vantage point than the rear observation platform of the last car, watching the countryside unfold to the rhythmic clickety-clack of steel wheels over rail joints. And that's where passengers gather on the stainless-steel, domed Budd car that brings up the rear of Amtrak's No. 11, The Coast Starlight, as it begins its 28-hour journey down the West Coast on a sunny October afternoon.
NEWS
October 22, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Five railroad cars full of rotting refuse were on their way back to Philadelphia after Indiana officials won a court order blocking a plan to dump the garbage in their state. The state Environmental Management Department said the four firms involved in carting the trash lacked a permit allowing garbage to be transferred from railroad cars to dump trucks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2000 | Deepa Bharath, (714) 520-2513
Parks and Recreation commissioners have recommended that the historic railroad cars at the corner of Imperial Highway and Eureka Avenue not be moved to a park. Commissioners said the boxcar, caboose and mail cars would be isolated if taken to a park, said Parks and Recreation Director Steve Rudometkin. He said the commission has recommended that the boxcar and mail cars be placed in the vacant area by Polly's Pies on Lemon Drive.
NEWS
March 14, 1985
About 600 persons were evacuated from their homes in Evergreen, Ala., for the second time in five days as officials, worried about the possibility of an uncontrolled explosion, detonated two chemical-laden railroad cars left over from a fiery derailment last week. The tanker cars, holding highly flammable chemicals, were among 23 cars of a 115-car Seaboard Systems Railroad train that derailed Friday.
NEWS
July 22, 1986 | SHIRLEY MARLOW
--A 60-year-old Illinois man just may have found the ultimate toy for adults who never wanted to grow up--antique railroad cars. "It's every little boy's dream," said William Lathom, who recently spent $24,000 for five auctioned railroad cars, including an antique steam-powered locomotive. That brings his total to 25 train cars.
NEWS
April 13, 1985 | HERBERT J. VIDA, Times Staff Writer
David Rohr's railroad empire sits on a siding in Monrovia. It consists of a 1955 dome liner, half interest in a 1949 lounge car and a leased, 26-berth sleeper built in 1956. His office is in the garage of his Fullerton home. When he schedules a trip, Rohr hitches his railroad cars to Amtrak trains and helps clean and prepare his cars for the travel to and from their destination. He also goes along as tour guide.
TRAVEL
March 14, 2004 | Arthur Frommer, Special to The Times
I might sound like a broken record, but it's important to sound an alarm about threats to Amtrak. The proposed federal budget for the next fiscal year, circulated last month in Congress, allocates $900 million to our national passenger railway system. That sum would, in effect, spell an end to the operation of our trains at any level of acceptable quality. Tiny European countries such as Belgium spend about $900 million each year on their rail systems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2000 | Deepa Bharath, (714) 520-2513
Parks and Recreation commissioners have recommended that the historic railroad cars at the corner of Imperial Highway and Eureka Avenue not be moved to a park. Commissioners said the boxcar, caboose and mail cars would be isolated if taken to a park, said Parks and Recreation Director Steve Rudometkin. He said the commission has recommended that the boxcar and mail cars be placed in the vacant area by Polly's Pies on Lemon Drive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1999
Five railroad tanker cars carrying hot asphalt derailed Thursday evening next to Cerritos Regional County Park. Some asphalt leaked from one car, but no one was hurt, authorities said. The derailment occurred just before 6 p.m. east of Bloomfield Avenue and north of Del Amo Boulevard in Cerritos, said county Fire Capt. Steve Valenzuela. The train was carrying asphalt from Paramount to Anaheim, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1996
A Sunday morning fire in a railroad car filled with granulated plastic was probably deliberately set, a battalion chief said. No one was injured in the fire, which was reported at 2:38 a.m. in a Southern Pacific car parked on a railroad spur in a commercial area at 12122 Western Ave., said Battalion Chief Nick Booker of the Garden Grove Fire Department. Flames were coming from a hatch at the top of the car, and it took firefighters about 30 minutes to control the blaze, Booker said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1992 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man and a woman, illegal immigrants apparently trying to return to Mexico on a freight train, died early Tuesday in the City of Industry when they were crushed in a moving railroad car that carried more than 100 tons of steel rods, authorities said. Armando Garcia, 19, of Mexico, who also was inside the car, was impaled by the rods and taken to Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina where he was reported in critical condition.
NEWS
September 22, 1992 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the pre-dawn of a fog-choked, icy February morning, six locomotives were pulling a 49-car train up a lonely mountain grade toward the spine of the Continental Divide. With the wind chill, it was 71 degrees below. And when the cab heaters failed in the second and third locomotives--and the lead engine quit altogether--the crew stopped to switch the other three locomotives to the front.
TRAVEL
March 14, 2004 | Arthur Frommer, Special to The Times
I might sound like a broken record, but it's important to sound an alarm about threats to Amtrak. The proposed federal budget for the next fiscal year, circulated last month in Congress, allocates $900 million to our national passenger railway system. That sum would, in effect, spell an end to the operation of our trains at any level of acceptable quality. Tiny European countries such as Belgium spend about $900 million each year on their rail systems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1991 | HERBERT J. VIDA
In four years or so, Frank Sano, 55, expects to be whizzing down the tracks in his 1914 railroad car, all the time playing piano as leader of his Paradise Hotel Jazz Band. "I'd rather do the train bit than anything else on earth," said the San Clemente private detective who retired in 1986 after 24 years as a policeman in Westminster, the final years as a captain. "Can you imagine the fun, riding a train with a jazz band to keep you entertained?"
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 1990 | DAN BERGER, Dan Berger is Times wine critic.
No railroad dining car ever had this array of wines. The Pacific Dining Car's wine list, modest when the restaurant opened in 1921, became a personal project of the grandson of the original owners. By 1964, Wes Idol had created an excellent list, and he has kept it that way for a quarter century. Fans of the list at the downtown location will be pleased to know that the list at the new restaurant is identical.
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