Thursday, May 26, 2016

lightning strike disrupts service on the new Denver Airport railway


DENVER — A power outage on the new train line between Denver and the city's airport stranded about 80 passengers on an overpass yesterday before they were shepherded to board buses instead.

Officials with the Regional Transportation District, which operates the line, say the power went out and stopped a train on a 50-foot [15 metre] overpass near the airport's cellphone lot on Tuesday afternoon. Passengers walked down the overpass to a nearby bus that took them to the airport.

RTD spokesman Nate Currey tells KUSA-TV a broken cable caused the outage. Partial service was restored, but passengers were still being bussed to the airport Tuesday evening.

The train has experienced a handful of outages as well as problems with crossing gates since the 23.5 mile (37.82 km), $1.2 billion line opened on 22 April.  It is standard gauge, double track and electrified at 25 kV, 60 Hz. (RTD pic)

United Airlines to add San Francisco to Auckland service on 1 July



American airline United Airlines, which celebrated its 90th anniversary last month, will begin flying from San Francisco to Auckland from 1 July, resuming services after dropping Auckland as a destination in 2003.

The new route will launch with a 787-8 aircraft, which seats 242 passengers, and will make the trip to New Zealand three times a week.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Canadian Pacific freight trains cross at Kamloops, British Columbia



In late evening light a westbound stack train enters with a GE AC44CW on the point, at the same time as an eastbound empty grain train enters the depot area from the opposite direction. Both locomotives have just had a crew change. (Geoff Churchman pics)