Travel By Train For Your Next Vacation

To get better acquainted with Amtrak, the nation’s railroad service, here’s a simple yet very helpful guide to understanding how get onboard a passenger train.


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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.


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City Council To Petition Feds For More Rail Car Safety Regulations

A Chicago City Council committee is issuing a watered down response to recent incidents of deadly railroad tank car accidents.


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Gary, Ind. Teens Watch In Horror As Their Friend Is Killed By Train

Fifteen-year-old Diquan Thomas was struck and killed Wednesday by a freight train. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


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Best Railroad Experiences Near Chicago For Kids

There are many opportunities for kids to experience railroads and trains near Chicago.


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Train Engineer Spots Black Bear Near Wisconsin Border

It’s something you might expect to see in Montana – or even in northern Wisconsin, but a black bear in Illinois? A locomotive engineer says he’s sure he saw one last Tuesday.


A Union Pacific freight train hauling coal from Wyoming to Wisconsin derailed near the border between north suburban Glenview and Northbrook on July 4, 2012. A railroad bridge also collapsed in the wreck. (Credit: CBS)

Plan For New Bridge At Site Of Deadly Train Wreck

A new railroad bridge will be built at the site of a deadly train derailment and viaduct collapse in the northern suburbs on July 4.


A Union Pacific freight train hauling coal from Wyoming to Wisconsin derailed near the border between north suburban Glenview and Northbrook on July 4, 2012. A railroad bridge also collapsed in the wreck. (Credit: CBS)

Railroad: Employee Noticed Potential Problem With Tracks Before Derailment

The employee, who was checking the tracks, alerted a manager that day, but the fatal pileup occurred before that supervisor could arrive, CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports.


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GE Transportation To Move Headquarters To Chicago

GE Transportation will be moving its corporate headquarters from Erie, Pa., to Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–05/30/2012

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Union Station Helps Thousands Celebrate National Train Day

Thousands of people jammed Chicago Union Station Saturday — but not because they needed to go somewhere. It was the fifth annual National Train Day. Many, such as 12-year-old Kevin Mack, were self-described “railfans” or “train geeks.”

CBS Chicago–05/13/2012

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood with Rep. Bobby Rush and Gov. Pat Quinn.

Englewood Railroad Flyover Project To Create 1,500 Local Jobs

The Chicago economy is getting a bit of good news Monday morning, as the huge Englewood Flyover railroad project stands to bring hundreds of jobs.

CBS Chicago–10/10/2011

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Report: $2.5M Spent, But Rail Crossing Congestion Panel Has Done Nothing

Twelve years ago, a panel was formed to fix a major congestion problem in the near western suburbs. So what happened?

CBS Chicago–08/30/2011

A Metra railroad crossing (credit: CBS)

New Railroad Bridge To Ease Commute, Create Jobs

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski says 1,400 construction jobs are heading for Chicago’s South Side to build a massive railroad bridge at 63rd and State streets.

CBS Chicago–06/29/2011


Police Search For Gamer Who Hung Geocache From Railroad Overpass

The trendy game of Geocaching can have all the fun of an old-fashioned treasure hunt, but police in Wheaton are none too pleased at the spot some gamers picked to leave their “prize” earlier this week.

CBS Chicago–06/03/2011

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CN Ordered To Pay For Railroad Upgrades

Canadian National Railway has lost its latest round in court over its controversial 2008 purchase of the former Elgin, Joliet and Eastern freight railroad.

CBS Chicago–03/16/2011

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Congress Cuts Funding For Railroad Flyover Bridge

Funding has been cut for a massive bridge that would have eased rail congestion in the South Side’s Englewood neighborhood.

CBS Chicago–02/25/2011

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Driver Hospitalized After Pickup Truck Hit By Train

A pickup truck driver was hospitalized Friday morning after a freight train hit his truck at a railroad crossing in south suburban Riverdale.