Michigan Asked to Fund Hyperloop Feasibility Study for Chicago-Toledo Route

Penney Vanderbilt and KC Jones: All About Railroads

The slow march toward ultra-fast transit might be speeding up. A public records request has revealed the startup Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has asked the Michigan Department of Transportation to fund a feasibility study for the state’s portion of a potential hyperloop route linking the midwestern cities of Chicago, Detroit, and Toledo.

Crain’s Detroit Business obtained the relevant emails through a Freedom of Information Act request, which also found that HTT and Michigan officials have been in contact in the last two weeks. The HTT design calls for an above-ground route that would connect Toledo to Detroit and then onto the Chicago area,  though it appears the planned western terminus would actually be on the Indiana side of that state’s border with Illinois. (Like the Louisville-Chicago Hyperloop)

Crain’s Detroit Business obtained the relevant emails through a Freedom of Information Act request, which also found that HTT and Michigan officials have been…

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VMS Gets GE Engine Order for New Lindblad Vessel

Penney Vanderbilt and KC Jones: All About Railroads

The VMS Group of Denmark has announced that it has been awarded an order for four General Electric diesel engines for Lindblad Expeditions’ newbuilding under construction at Ulstein in Norway.

VMS said the order was for four environmentally friendly L250 and V250 engines from GE Transportation.

The company stated that the engines meet the strict requirements for reducing NOx emissions and emissions of soot particles required by EPA Tier 4 and IMO Tier III. The engine technology overrides the need for SCR-equipment, thus making it unnecessary to store or use urea on board, releasing both load and tank capacities and saving the costs associated with purchasing, installation and maintenance of this extra equipment.

According to VMS, the combination of non-SCR, no dosing and monitoring equipment or urea tanks saves customers up to 75 percent space and reduces the complexity of ship design and yard installation time and cost. The diesel…

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Current News from: “Stars and Stripes”

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — The flag is in surprisingly good shape for its age.

Made at least 100 years ago, the red, white and blue have only slightly faded. The 48 stars remain neatly in place. The edges are slightly frayed, and a few small moth holes dot the banner.  But there is no more important family treasure for Patty Kelly Stevens and her relatives.  This American flag has been a reward, a sign of hope and a reminder of love and loss.

Now, for the first time in a century, the flag has left the family. On Friday, Stevens – now 93 years old – and dozens of family members made the trek from Oklahoma to North Carolina to donate the flag to the Airborne & Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville.

The flag – once presented to the family by Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood – has…

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Brig. General Henry Muller – 101 years and still going strong

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Henry Muller

This article is derived from “The Voice of the Angels”, the 11th Airborne Division Association newspaper.

It’s not every day that a US Army veteran gets to celebrate surviving an entire century while also being informed of an induction into the exclusive hall of fame for his combat achievements. That is the case with US Army brig. General Henry J. Muller will belong to the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.

On his 100th birthday, about 40  gathered for the occasion.  They sat under the oaks n the front yard and thumbed through a photo album featuring pictures from past celebrations.  The celebration included a birthday cake bordered with 100 American flags.

Henry Muller with author, Bruce Henderson

“There’s nothing that could warn the heart of an old soldier more than on his 100th birthday than to be surrounded with family, friends and good neighbors… I feel especially…

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Impressive article!

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“On The Rock” by James Dietz

On 16 February 1945, 51 C-47s of the 317th TCG, nicknames “The Jungle Skippers”, dropped 2000 men of the 503rd PIR/11th Airborne Division on the fortress island of Corregidor.  Due to the modest size of the drop zones, only one battalion could be dropped at at a time, with a 5-hours turn around between drops. Each C-47 had to make repeated passes over the DZs and only a handful of paratroopers could jump each time.

The commanding officers, Lt.Col. John Lackey and Co. George Jones circled the island directing the choreography of the mission.  At 08:33 hours, barely 3 minutes late, against 16-18 knot winds, the troopers began to descend on the remnants of MGen. Tsukada’s Kembu Group.

503rd/11th Airborne Division

Paratroopers and infantrymen waged a tenacious battle ‘Topside’ while the 3rd Battalion of the 24th Infantry Division waded ashore on the eastern end…

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Amtrak completes repair work on Track 15 at Penn Station


Amtrak said Friday that the first stage of its current program of repairs at Penn Station has been completed.

The national railroad, which owns Penn Station and has come under fire over its deteriorated condition, began work at the beginning of January focusing on Track 15 — part of a series of infrastructure renovations at the aging rail hub.

The project included demolishing and replacing a section of concrete.

“We completed the track work within budget, safely, and with minimal amount of disruption to service, as committed,” Amtrak said in a statement, noting the the work was completed three days ahead of schedule.

Final touches — lighting and painting the platform — should finish up next week, it said, noting that the track has been placed back in service.

The schedule changes the LIRR put in place to accommodate Amtrak’s work schedule, affecting 5 percent of rush-hour travelers, will remain in place, until Amtrak finishes two other components of the current round of repairs over the next three months, officials said.

Amtrak said it will start a second project for the station’s “C” Interlocking — a complex of track switches to the east of the train platforms — on March 2.

The “C” Interlocking upgrade includes renewing and replacing three turnouts that direct Amtrak and LIRR trains to eastbound routes and the Sunnyside rail yard, Amtrak said.


Safety On The Tracks? The Bigger Death Toll Is At Grade Crossings


By Noel T. Braymer

There has been a great deal of media attention on Amtrak and its fatal accidents that have happen in the last few years. These accidents were preventable and should never have happened. But fatal accidents still happen all the time often for no other reason than human error. Passenger train crashes often look terrible and invoke strong emotions with the public. An article in USA Today published on May 13, 2015 gave perspective of the level of dangers to passengers riding on Amtrak. This article pointed out that 158 Amtrak passengers died between 1975 to 2015. That’s an average of roughly 4 passenger deaths a year during this time. Several of these deaths were from passengers falling or jumping off from moving trains. This USA Today article also pointed out that during this time period between 1975 to 2015, Amtrak was involved with a total of…

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