Pacific Rail News Magazine
January 1985 Issue

Magazine Summary
An agreement has been reached between the state of Alaska and the federal government for the purchase of the Alaska Railroad by the state.

Denver & Rio Grande Western’s last set of F units made their final 1984 run in freight service prior to entering storage at the end of September.

Feature Story: The Ventura County Railway - part one: beginnings

Feature Story: Mainline Electrification in the West

The North Western remains determined to acquire the Milwaukee Road despite the ICC’s preference for another line.

This month’s major news story is the imminent arrival of the first all-new Diesel units since 1980.

Amtrak’s new effort to upgrade service between Chicago and Los Angeles brought a number of changes to trains 3 and 4.

After a rash of accidents involving Amtrak trains this summer the Federal Railroad Administration ordered all routes that Amtrak runs over to be inspected.

Many colorful units on the Santa Fe railroad have been spotted by the press.

Former WP GP7 709 was recently repainted and relettered as Union Pacific 110.

Track reconstruction is currently underway on the J-Church line on church St. between Market and 18th streets.

A long-sought coordination between BART trains and AC Transit buses to eliminate duplication has finally come about.