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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Michael Maxein doesn't need experts to tell him about the resurgence of rail transportation in Orange County. The Santa Ana man experiences it first-hand when two dozen freight and passenger trains a day lumber past his mobile home park, their safety horns unleashing shrill blasts designed to stop traffic--literally. "When I'm outside, I have to hold my ears," Maxein said. "The noise is incredible--you just can't take the decibel level of those horns. You try to get used to it, but you can't."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1995 | MIMI KO
After years of debate over whether to build an underpass at the railroad tracks on Highland Avenue, the City Council voted this week to go ahead with the project, despite objections from a number of merchants. The underpass, which the city said earlier could be completed only by taking land from property owners, will not require eminent domain proceedings, according to the new plan. But it will steer customers away, some business owners said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1993 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Work crews began clearing tons of landslide debris Wednesday from the railroad tracks on the Los Angeles to San Diego line, and officials said the effort would not jeopardize nearby ocean bluffs. As construction workers drilled into the huge pile of fallen earth and stone to install a 20-foot-high retaining wall by the tracks, officials said the massive slide that struck Feb. 22, destroying five homes, appears to have stabilized.
NEWS
August 18, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Cross-Canadian rail traffic was stopped for a second day by two Indian blockades in northwestern Ontario. Spokesmen for the Long Lake Ojibwa band and the Pic Mobert Ojibwa band said they will not remove their blockades until Indian Affairs Minister Tom Siddon or his deputy minister meet them for face-to-face talks. Bernard Abraham of the Long Lake group said the Indians want their land expanded, "deplorable" housing conditions improved and services upgraded.
NEWS
July 30, 1999 | From Reuters
The sister of serial killing suspect Angel Maturino Resendiz has been paid $86,000 in reward money for arranging her brother's surrender, the FBI said Thursday. New Mexico resident Manuela Karkiewicz negotiated the surrender in exchange for a promise of humane treatment and a psychiatric evaluation for her brother, who is suspected in at least nine slayings in three states. Police insisted they made no deal with Karkiewicz to pay her the reward in exchange for turning in Maturino Resendiz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1990 | WENDY PAULSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the old passenger train depot in East Irvine was closed in 1947, automobiles, freeways and bus travel were being touted as the future of mass transportation in Southern California. After a 43-year hiatus and with the freeways clogged as never before, the train is back. And this time it is being hailed as a "railroad renaissance" that will help relieve the congestion and pollution that the maze of freeways helped spawn in the era of the automobile.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1990
A plan to transform a dusty 15-mile stretch of Southern Pacific railroad track in the San Fernando Valley into a swath of tree-lined trails for bicyclists and pedestrians was unveiled Wednesday by a group of community leaders. They envision a shady strip connecting North Hollywood with Warner Center as the first section of a web of many such "greenways" built on old Southern Pacific rights of way in Los Angeles County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1997 | JULIE TAMAKI, Times Staff Writer
Like a scene out of the 1930s, a sleek Hudson steam engine chugs across a sturdy trestle before winding its way around a rugged California mountain. As real as it looks, the train and scenery are actually to-scale models, a re-creation of an important element of the past, when growing up to be an engineer was every little boy's dream and railroads ruled the West.
NEWS
July 14, 1994 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal officials prodded the railroad industry Wednesday to install expensive crash-warning devices to avert potential collisions and hazardous waste spills, but rail operators said that costs of the changes might be prohibitive. In a report to Congress, the Federal Railroad Administration said that private rail operators should devote more resources to "positive train control" technology aimed at slowing down speeding locomotives and reducing human error, which causes 80% of crashes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1997 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the last decade, the Mackerel Flats and Goat Hill Junction Railroad has rumbled through Fairview Regional Park, bringing free rides and joy to thousands of Orange County children. But now a proposal to expand the nearby Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club onto the railroad park threatens to silence the whistles of the model trains.
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