| Sep 13, 2013
On Sept. 12, 2008, hundreds of Los Angeles-area commuters had begun their trips home from work, reflecting on their days and making plans for the evening ahead as they relaxed aboard Metrolink 111. At 4:22 p.m., however, those plans — and their...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 2:45 PM
A vehicle was struck by a Metra train in Des Plaines this afternoon, authorities said.
The train, which was headed for Des Plaines from downtown Chicago, hit a vehicle at River Road in Des Plaines about 4 p.m., as it was arriving at its destination,...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 9:59 AM
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will be on hand Thursday for the debut of a sophisticated rail safety system for Metrolink, a technology she pushed for following the deadly Chatsworth crash in 2008.
Feinstein, a sponsor of the Railway Safety ...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 10:02 PM
In a ceremony that remembered victims of the deadly Chatsworth crash in 2008, the Metrolink passenger railroad Thursday launched a state-of-the-art safety system along sections of its 512-mile network in Southern California.
The rollout of "positive...
| Feb 13, 2014
Who doesn't love a train? Who cannot fail to be seduced by the most appealing vehicle in human history — the rail-induced sensuality of "Brief Encounter," the desperate heroism of engineer Casey Jones, the creative muscle of the Big Four railroad...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 12:44 PM
Officials of the Metrolink commuter railroad on Friday hired a new company to provide a key component for the line’s $211-million state-of-the-art collision avoidance system.
The railroad’s board of directors unanimously awarded a $6.8-...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 5:10 PM
A massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy will roll out of Pomona’s Fairplex on Sunday morning on its way to restoration at Union Pacific’s rail yard in Cheyenne, Wyo., and its eventual return to rail tracks across America.
| Feb 19, 2014
| 7:35 PM
The Metrolink passenger railroad Thursday will become the first commuter service in the nation to roll out a sophisticated collision avoidance system designed to overcome human error.
Had so-called positive train control been in place five years ago,...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Heavy rain and heavy wet snow are falling across the city and suburbs and a flood watch remains in effect for much of the Chicago area, according to the National Weather Service.
The heaviest of the downfall should ease up by about 8 a.m. with scattered...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 8:00 AM
When the Union Pacific Railroad's Big Boy locomotive starts its journey from Southern California on Monday, wheels that have been stilled for more than half a century will begin to turn -- and hopefully carry one of the biggest steam engines ever built...
| May 1, 2014
| 5:35 PM
After three days of pageants and parades on Alameda Street with half a million spectators, Union Station opened on May 7, 1939. It was a Sunday.
A man jumped from a Pullman car window to claim bragging rights as the first passenger to arrive by train....