USA: Governor of Illinois Pat Quinn joined officials from Union Pacific and Amtrak in Granite City on September 22 to mark the completion of track renewals on UP’s Chicago – St Louis route, marking ‘a significant milestone’ in the programme to upgrade the route for passenger services to operate at up to 175 km/h.‘The work done today will help residents get to their destinations quickly and efficiently for years to come’, said Quinn. ‘I am proud that our state is leading the way on this transportation trend of the future’.The programme is currently on schedule to reduce the journey time of 5 h 30 min between Chicago and St Louis by 30 min at the end of 2015, and by a further 30 min by the end of 2017. By the end of 2015, more than two-thirds of the route will have been upgraded for 175 km/h operation, currently available on the 24 km between Dwight and Pontiac.In addition to track renewals, the programme has involved upgrading 300 level crossings, with gates installed at farm and pedestrian crossings. Work is due to begin later this year to resignal the route with Positive Train Control, and UP is also building or extending passing loops at 13 locations.‘Working together with the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration, we have made great strides on this important public-private partnership’, said Donna Kush, UP Vice-President, Public Affairs, for the Northern Region. ‘Our engineering team has produced some very impressive numbers since this project started in 2010’, laying 792 480 m of rail, 650 000 concrete sleepers and 1∙18 million tonnes of ballast.The State of Illinois is contributing $400m towards the project, as a match to the $1∙3bn it has received from the federal government. Deliveries of new diesel locomotives from Siemens and passenger coaches from Nippon Sharyo are due to begin in summer 2016.
Related ABC News.(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) — Newlyweds Samantha and Cameron Kuhn had an out-of-this-world wedding today during the total solar eclipse. They celebrated with their closest friends and family in the path of totality in St. Joseph, Missouri.“Being able to do the wedding on the day of the solar eclipse couldn’t be any more perfect,” bride Samantha Kuhn, 28, told ABC News.After completing their vows, the bride and groom joined their guests, all wearing certified solar eclipse glasses, in a field behind the altar to take in another “rare and wonderful” occasion — the total solar eclipse.“I’ll go out and have about 2 minutes and 40 seconds of totality and just take in that moment,” the bride said on “Good Morning America” this morning in anticipation of the ceremony. “It’s going to be amazing.”The astronomy-loving bride has been obsessed with all things celestial since she was in the third grade, even wanting to become an astronaut.“Once I realized the planets were out there and we were all suspended in this solar system, I couldn’t wrap my head around it but I loved that. It completely fascinated me,” she told ABC News.So when her now-husband Cameron Kuhn popped the question, picking the day was a no brainer.“The coolest part about this, the eclipse is kind of like a time stamp,” the groom said. “It will stand out in everybody’s memories even more.”The wedding had heavenly touches and an outer space motif including DIY “galaxy globe” centerpieces — similar to snow globes, but full of glitter instead — for the reception tables.While the wedding party waited for the total eclipse to happen, they listened to instrumental music that “kind of sounds space soundtrack-y,” said the bride.She also sported a magical braid to show off her galaxy-colored hair of blue and fuchsia hues.And she couldn’t walk down the aisle without her space-themed high heels, also planning ahead with matching lace-up flats to dance the night away at the reception.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico