March 2005 in rail transport


March 2005 in rail transport
2004, 2005, 2006

2004 in rail transport
2005 in rail transport
2006 in rail transport

This article lists events related to rail transport that occurred in March 2005.

Contents

Events

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20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31


March 1–5

  • March 2 – Citing disputes in paid leave policies, around 200 BNSF Railway dispatchers walk off the job for nearly three hours, causing traffic delays over the entire system from Chicago to the Pacific coast. [1]

March 6–12,

March 13–19

March 20–26

  • March 22 – Texas Pacifico Transportation operates the first test train over former Santa Fe Railroad tracks between Presidio and San Angelo Junction, Texas.
  • March 23 – Spokespeople for JR Central in Japan announce that Series 300 Shinkansen trains have been operating with faulty speed control equipment; the problem is detected after an engineer reports that he needed to manually reduce a train's speed after the Automatic Train Control (ATC) device installed on the train failed to operate. The trains are pulled from service until repairs can be made. [6]
  • March 26 – Fire destroys the 75-year-old Deval Tower in Des Plaines, Illinois; the tower housed one of the few remaining manual interlocking mechanisms still in use on American railroads. The tower's current owner, Union Pacific Railroad, does not plan to rebuild it.

March 27–31

  • March 29 – BNSF Railway announces that it will add a fuel surcharge based on mileage to all shipments made as of January 1, 2006, making BNSF the first railway to do so. [7]
  • March 30
  • March 31 – Kawasaki Rail Car Inc. is awarded a US$499 million order to build 340 new commuter coaches and power cars for PATH in New York and New Jersey; the order is part of a plan to completely replace PATH's entire fleet of cars.

Deaths

  • United States March 28 – Paul H. Stringham, central Illinois railroad photographer and historian (b. 1913). [8]

References


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