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World’s Highest Rail Track Reached Everest Gateway City

CNN — The world’s highest railway rolls even closer to Mount Everest this month when China inaugurates a stretch of track connecting the Tibetan cities of Lhasa and Shigatse. Traversing valleys, mountains and crossing the glacier-fed Brahmaputra River, the line takes in breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and majestic plateaus as it wends from the …

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Flying Scotsman trip back on after Network Rail U-turn

  The Flying Scotsman’s planned trips in Borders and Fife are to go ahead after earlier being cancelled at short notice. Track operator Network Rail said on Friday that the famous steam locomotive would no longer be able to undertake planned tours on Sunday because safety assessments had not been carried out on some lines …

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Amtrak Train Days 2015 | Amtrak Exhibit Train Tour

  Amtrak Train Days kick off Saturday, May 9th. Rail travel’s growing role in American life is reason to celebrate. That’s exactly what train spotters and passengers will be doing in the days and months ahead as 2015’s Amtrak Train Days events roll out. Highlighting the Amtrak Train Days calendar is the Amtrak Exhibit Train …

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America’s Biggest High-Speed Rail Just Broke Ground, But A Lot Of People Still Aren’t Happy About It

It had a low-speed start, but America’s biggest, fastest high-speed rail project finally broke ground Tuesday in Fresno, California, about halfway between the two major cities it hopes to connect by 2029 — if it can cross some longstanding financial and political hurdles. According to the California High-Speed Rail Authority, the system will run from …

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World’s Highest Rail Track Reaches Everest Gateway City

CNN — The world’s highest railway rolls even closer to Mount Everest this month when China inaugurates a stretch of track connecting the Tibetan cities of Lhasa and Shigatse. Traversing valleys, mountains and crossing the glacier-fed Brahmaputra River, the line takes in breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and majestic plateaus as it wends from the …

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Fans Welcome Big Boy No. 4014’s Return

  It was a historic day for Union Pacific’s steam program. After months of preparation, UP’s Big Boy No. 4014 returned to the national rail network in the early morning hours of Jan. 26, 2014, to the applause of the hundreds of rail fans on hand to experience the moment. The mammoth steam locomotive departed …

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Ex Parte 711 supports access to Competitive Switching

We have appeared in the Opening Round of Ex Parte 711, the Competitive Switching proceeding at the Surface Transportation Board (STB) on behalf of one of our clients.  We filed evidence supporting Competitive Switching, as in  the NITL proposal.    The Opening Statement we filed in Ex Parte 711, the Competitive Switching proceeding at the STB …

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Overview of URCS, the Uniform Rail Costing System

Overview of URCS, the Uniform Rail Costing System   URCS-SK_Summary_DIST_Presentation-Draft-2-28-2011.pdf Download this file

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Rail Industry Overview and Trend

Snavely King CSCMP Rail Industry Analysis (condensed) SKCSCMPRailindustryAnalysiscondensed10-17-2006.pdf Download this file

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About Our Staff: Kim Hillenbrand

Experience Snavely King Majoros & O’Connor Washington, DC Senior Consultant (2003 to Present) Mr. Hillenbrand provides analytical support to SK clients and principals. His responsibilities include economics and cost modeling, operations simulation, financial analysis and reporting, database management and research. Mr. Hillenbrand’s work has primarily been in SK’s Transportation group. His projects have included extensive …

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