Memorial Day – 2015

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Civil War – 

Lindsey Buckner Lindsey Buckner

The letter was written by a Kentucky man named Lindsey Buckner, who was selected to be shot in retaliation for the death of a Union soldier killed by Confederate guerrillas in his home state. “My dear sister,” Buckner wrote in late October 1864, “I am under sentence of death and for what, I do not know. … It is a hard thing to be chained and shot in this way; and if it was not for the hope I have of meeting you all in Heaven, I would be miserable indeed.

John Ross Wallar John Ross Wallar

John Ross Wallar, 15 year old drummer boy, while injured wrote: “Dear Sister father Mother and friends I received your letter But I don’t think I Ever shall see another that you write this…

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A Big Year For General Electric Shareowners: GE Store, New Focus, Great Ideas


The LEAP engine, which took its maiden flight last fall, has 3D printed parts and components made from next-generation materials called ceramic composites.

GE’s industrial shift also brings benefits like the GE Store. “It means that every business in GE can share and access the same technology, markets, structure and intellect,” Immelt writes. “The value of the GE Store is captured by faster growth and higher margins; it makes the totality of GE more competitive than the parts.”

The GE Store allows the company to take FAA-certified alternators from its jet engines and use them to build better oil pumps. It can also use medical imaging technology to inspect subsea pipelines. “No other company has the ability to transfer intellect and technology as GE can through the Store,” Immelt writes.


A group of analysts who recently visited GE’s research headquarters in Schenectady, N.Y., seem to get the point…

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Miami-Dade grants preliminary approval to Tri-Rail platform at All Aboard Florida station

The plan to run Tri-Rail passenger trains directly to All Aboard Florida’s Miami Central Station moved a step closer when the county granted preliminary approval for part of its funding on Wednesday.

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority is looking for $68.9 million in funding to build a platform for Tri-Rail – the passenger train that runs just west of Interstate 95 from the Miami Airport to West Palm Beach – at All Aboard Florida’s downtown Miami station. Florida East Coast Railway’s All Aboard Florida would run along the FEC tracks to Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando.

Tri-Rail would own and operate two platforms at the station while AAF would have three. If everything goes as scheduled, Tri-Rail could start running there in 2017.

“The critical component here is it will tie the rest of the region literally into downtown Miami,” SFRTA Executive Director Jack Stephens said. “We have job and education opportunities up and down the corridor.”

The Miami-Dade County Commission’s Transit and Mobility Services Committee unanimously approved $13.9 million in funding for the project. The item is expected to go before the full commission on June 30.

Stephens said he hopes to have all the funding in place by the end of June so AAF can proceed with construction of the Tri-Rail platform. However, he’s working with multiple government agencies for funding.

Amtrak Philadelphia Accident: How Do I Get to New York From Washington??


Federal investigators were on the scene of an Amtrak Northeast regional train derailment north of Philadelphia that occurred Tuesday night. The incident left six people dead and more than 140 injured.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) launched a go-team to the site and was expected to announce additional details about the accident later this morning. The cause is not yet known.

The U.S. Department of Transportation will assist the NTSB in the investigation, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a prepared statement.


Modified Amtrak service will be provided between Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pa., and Philadelphia, and New York City and Boston. Amtrak trains will not be running between New York and Philadelphia, but New Jersey Transit will honor Amtrak tickets between New York City and Trenton, N.J., Amtrak announced.

About 238 passengers and five crew members were on board Amtrak Train 188 when it derailed on…

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Tahawus: Railroad to a Mine, Does it have a Future?

Schumer calls on USDOT to OK Acela train purchase

During a visit to the Alstom Transport plant in Hornell, N.Y., U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer last week urged the U.S. Department of Transportation to approve Amtrak’s efforts to buy new Acela trains.

The $3 billion train project could improve rail safety, Amtrak service and boost the local economy in cities such as Hornell, where Alstom manufactures and services trains at its plant, Schumer said in a press release.

Amtrak is seeking federal approval to purchase the new high-speed trains for the Acela service along the Northeast Corridor. Schumer noted that the Acela service is at a “critical stage” because the leases on its current trains, which were acquired in 1994, are set to expire in the next six to eight years. As a result, Amtrak needs to advance production of its next generation trains, he said.

The need for better trains along the NEC is needed now more than ever, Schumer said. In fiscal-year 2014, there were 28 days in which Acela service exceeded 14,000 passengers, compared with five days in FY2013. This comes as the NEC generated nearly $500 million in profit last year, the highest ever, he added.

Chuck Shumer, NY Senator
Chuck Shumer, NY Senator

“Allowing Amtrak to purchase new Acela trains would be a huge step forward in improving rail safety and service in the Northeast. This could have the potential to create good-paying, middle-class jobs for Upstate New Yorkers at companies like Alstom, Transit Air and Vapor Stone Rail,” said Schumer.

Juicy and hot

Perspectives on Life, the Universe and Everything

red and green
shades never seen
or perhaps have been
how would I know
I am colour blind
unsound mind
front and behind
salads, fruits
nutrients loot
discussion mute
all same to me
blame on me
so lame of me
mind is hazy
soul so lazy
anything crazy
will do wonders
mental thunders
life with blunders
still I have my
fruit and veg high
what a way to die
in coffin I lie
cruel world good bye

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