| 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 19, 2014
| 1:03 PM
Authorities said a contractor working on repairing the sewer system underneath the bridge on Shermer Road near the Glenview-Northbrook border hit a gas main this morning, causing evacuations in the area.
Glenview and Northbrook authorities responded...
| May 21, 2014
| 5:11 AM
Metra has apologized to customers for two locomotive breakdowns that caused hundreds of passengers on the UP Northwest line to be stuck on board trains for up to three hours.
The disruption Monday night stemmed from two separate mechanical issues, one...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 3:58 PM
Long-sought plans to restore passenger rail service next year between Chicago and Rockford got a boost Thursday with the announcement of a new route.
Service between the two cities stopped in 1981.
The new Amtrak service will begin in late 2015 with...
| Mar 23, 2014
| 10:27 AM
Residents in the Northern California town of Marysville were in mourning after two teenagers were struck by a Union Pacific train Friday night.
According to authorities, 16-year-old Mateus Moore was pronounced dead on the scene. A 16-year-old girl,...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 9:05 AM
Hundreds of residents gathered Sunday to mourn a Northern California teen who they hailed as a hero for sacrificing himself by shoving his girlfriend out of the direct path of an oncoming Union Pacific train.
Mateus Moore, 16, was pronounced dead at the...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 10:02 AM
Metra and the Union Pacific Railroad will begin patchwork repairs in about two months to the Touhy Avenue viaduct in Park Ridge, railroad and Park Ridge officials confirmed recently.
Representatives from the Union Pacific Railroad and Metra met with...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 8:03 AM
Three days after a Northern California teen was struck and killed by an oncoming train as he pushed his girlfriend out of its direct path, classmates returned to a somber campus Monday teeming with counselors.
“We really don’t know what to...
| Mar 30, 2014
| 3:38 PM
With winter finally waning, Lake County residents soon will need to watch for detours and closures caused by new and uncompleted road projects.
The county will spend $170 million on roads this year, the largest annual expenditure for transportation in...
| 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...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 3:29 PM
A Metra train struck and killed a pedestrian near the Union Pacific-North Line's Zion station this afternoon, authorities said.
UP-North Line Train No. 325 hit a male pedestrian near 27th Street in Zion, just south of the Zion station, about 2 p.m.,...
| 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-...