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Best Train Trips In The USA

Train trips may take longer, but they are more affordable than flying and they offer unique glimpses of America’s vast countryside.

03/25/2014

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Retired San Francisco Firefighter’s Body Found After He Never Made It To Chicago

The body of a retired San Francisco firefighter has been found in Nebraska, after he disappeared from a Chicago-bound Amtrak train.

CBS Chicago–09/22/2012

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Chicago-Bound Amtrak Train Derails In Nebraska

Amtrak says a train carrying about 175 passengers between Chicago and San Francisco has derailed in southwest Nebraska.

08/26/2011

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Midwest Flooding Means Major Disruptions On Amtrak

Flooding in the Midwest this year has cost Amtrak in a big way.

CBS Chicago–07/15/2011

Firefighters look at the wreckage of an Amtrak passenger car Friday June 24, 2011 near US 95 north of Fallon, Nev. The west-bound train was struck by a semi-truck and burst into flames. The driver and a passenger of the truck were killed. Injured train passengers were taken to local hospitals but officials must let the wreck cool off before they continue their search. (AP Photo/Liz Margerum)

3 More Victims ID’d In Amtrak Crash

Authorities on Monday released the names of three more victims in last week’s fiery collision between a gravel truck and an Amtrak train in Nevada, and five passengers were still unaccounted for.

06/27/2011

Firefighters look at the wreckage of an Amtrak passenger car Friday June 24, 2011 near US 95 north of Fallon, Nev. The west-bound train was struck by a semi-truck and burst into flames. The driver and a passenger of the truck were killed. Injured train passengers were taken to local hospitals but officials must let the wreck cool off before they continue their search. (AP Photo/Liz Margerum)

Truck Company In Deadly Train Wreck Had Citations

A Nevada trucking company under scrutiny for a fatal crash with an Amtrak train has been cited repeatedly by state authorities for crashes, unsafe driving and operating a truck with tires so bald the vehicle had to be taken off the road.

06/26/2011

Firefighters look at the wreckage of an Amtrak passenger car Friday June 24, 2011 near US 95 north of Fallon, Nev. The west-bound train was struck by a semi-truck and burst into flames. The driver and a passenger of the truck were killed. Injured train passengers were taken to local hospitals but officials must let the wreck cool off before they continue their search. (AP Photo/Liz Margerum)

Authorities In ‘Recovery Mode’ After Fatal Amtrak Wreck

An Amtrak crew member on a train from Chicago and a trucker who allegedly drove around downed crossing gates were both killed when the truck and train collided Friday morning 75 miles east of Reno, Nev., according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

06/25/2011