September 29, 2009 |
Texas singer-songwriter Joe Ely has been in love with trains his whole life. In 1977, he recorded one of the great train songs -- "Boxcars," which his longtime pal Butch Hancock wrote -- laying out exactly what had hooked him over the course of countless rides in open freight cars journeying to and from his hometown of Lubbock. If you ever heard the whistle on a fast freight train Beatin' out a beautiful tune If you ever seen the cold blue railroad tracks Shinin' by the light of the moon If you ever felt a locomotive shake the ground I know you don't have to be told Why I'm going down to the railroad tracks And watch them lonesome boxcars roll "My grandfather worked the Rock Island line, and my father worked on the Santa Fe line," Ely, 62, said Sunday night following his performance at Burt's Tiki Lounge, about two blocks from the Albuquerque train station.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1991
The recent environmental accidents occurring during transportation of chemicals and the tragic rail accident occurring in South Carolina require a system-level approach to planning safe transportation that the industry has seemingly ignored. Some examples of safety improvements that could be taken by railroads: continuous monitoring of critical components (wheel bearings, brakes, etc.); coordinating surveys of rails to coincide with shipment of hazardous materials; improved real-time monitoring of rails and switches; real-time availability of hazardous materials cleanup teams; review of routes with respect to other train schedules to minimize the opportunity for hazardous loads or passenger trains being in an area at the same time.
September 20, 2012 |
Apple has been taking it on the chin for what has widely been perceived as a failure of its homegrown Maps feature that replaced Google Maps in iOS 6. The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg wrote that the Maps app is the biggest drawback of the new iPhone, which only runs iOS 6, and that it a step backward from the Google Maps that came with previous version of iOS. PC Mag ran a story outlining six different ways that Google Maps...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2012 |
They weren't the most flattering addition to the neighborhood, and three years after the devastating Station fire the foothills of La Crescenta are bidding farewell to nearly half a mile of concrete barriers installed to guard against mudslides. The K-rails, as they're known, were put in place in La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge soon after the fire burned more than 160,000 acres, incinerating trees and shrubbery on hillsides that typically kept mud from spilling into homes during heavy rains.
January 30, 2005
Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley's swift filing of murder charges against Juan Manuel Alvarez in the Metrolink disaster (Jan. 28) may be another legal blunder, a la the Simpson murder trial. In California, a murder conviction must show "malice aforethought," or intent. The penal code defines such malice as "a deliberate intention unlawfully to take away the life of a fellow creature," or "an abandoned and malignant heart." By placing his car on the rails, Alvarez showed himself to be disturbed, deranged and reckless, but can it be proved beyond a reasonable doubt that he had malice toward the train passengers, or an intent to kill them?
June 12, 1989 |
Maury Graham was a day laborer in his 50s with a wife, two kids and a bum hip that kept him from laboring very much. Hanging around their little house while his wife worked got old fast; thoughts of the open road started to prey on his restless mind. So one day he simply hopped a freight on the edge of town, fully expecting to come back to his wife, Wanda, in a few weeks. That was in 1971. Full-Fledged Hobo In 1981--10 years and thousands of Conrail miles later, mostly in a well-worn rail loop he followed from Iowa to Ohio--a full-fledged hobo called Steam Train picked up a phone in the Toledo rail yards and called Wanda.