Old 12-06-2009, 06:19 PM   #1
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I'm from the UK and enjoy seeing the great photos of US railways on RP.net - everything is so different over with you. Two things have taken my interest recently though. The first is that there appear to be a few of trains travelling round decorated with lights for christmas, like this . The caption talks about "performers" putting on a show. We don't have anthing like that over here, so what's it all about? Also, I've seen a few pictures of trains captioned as "Operation Lifesaver". Can anyone tell me what that is?

Apologies if I've put this in the wrong forum - I have no idea what the difference between a class one railroad and all the others is to be honest...
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Old 12-06-2009, 06:41 PM   #2
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This should help you out a little on what they are talking about:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SKYAtb1xDI
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Old 12-07-2009, 07:04 PM   #3
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Old 12-07-2009, 07:08 PM   #4
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Yes, there are a couple of Christmas/Holiday trains. To my knowledge, they travel around there railroads network and stop at various places for the enjoyment of the public.
With regards to Operation Lifesaver, here is my knowledge. (Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit organization that promotes safety around railroads, specifically grade-crossings. Many railroads have special units that are painted in an "Operation Lifesaver" paint-schemes. (I'm not sure which do and which don't).
Class I's are a class of railroad that is designated by the Federal Railroad Administration for the largest railroads in terms of operating revenue ($250m or more, that's 153 million pounds). There are also Class II's - Regionals and Shortlines, and Class III's -spur railroads. There are seven Freight Class I's and Amtrak. They are Union Pacific, BNSF, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern, CSX, Canadian National/Grand Trunk (GT is CN's US operating subsidiary), Canadian Pacific/Soo Line (SOO is CP's US operating subsidy) and of course, Amtrak, the nation's passenger rail system. So this board is the discussion of the big railroads in the US. (the board kinda includes Canada because they are rather closely related.)
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Thanks for the info!
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