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September 1991

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CSXT has built a new track at Westport in Baltimore connecting the Hanover Subdivision with the South Baltimore Industrial Track. Trains en route from Curtis Bay to the Hanover Subdivision (the old Western Maryland line), and vice-versa, can now do so without having to make a backup move over the B&O/WM connection track at Mount Winans.

CSXT's Tampa Division was dissolved Sept. 1. The Atlanta Division took over most of the trackage, while the Mobile Division assumed one line in the Florida panhandle.

Richard Davidson has been named president and chief executive officer of Union Pacific, replacing Michael Walsh who resigned.

Amtrak has consolidated its passenger marketing and sales departments into one department.

The American-European Express will begin its Royal Floridian service from New York on November 19, and it will run through March 18, 1992.

A tri-weekly extension of the Sunset Limited from New Orleans to Miami is a possibility beginning in 1993. This would be for Amtrak its first-ever transcontinental train.

Amtrak has broken ground on a new $590,000 mail facility in Buffalo, N.Y.

Amtrak will open a reservation sales office in Corona, California, on September 3. When fully-staffed, it will employ up to 250 employees on a part-time basis.

Amtrak's yield management system has been expanded to five trains, and will be further expanded over the next several months. The system, which began as a pilot program in 1988, establishes selection in the availability of reserved ticketing based on forecasted demand.

Amtrak is testing new seat cushions from three vendors aboard an Amfleet II coach operating on the Auto Train.

CSX earnings in the second-quarter were $115-million, or $1.15 per share.

The Southwest Pennsylvania Heritage Preservation Commission has endorsed restoration of the East Broad Top Railroad, and having the line incorporated into the National Park System.

The restored Robertsdale, Pa., depot of the East Broad Top Railroad was opened to the public informally on May 25, 1991, by the Friends of the East Broad Top. Meanwhile, the East Broad Top Coal Miners Historical Society has announced plans for a museum of its own to be housed in a former theater in Robertsdale.

Amtrak is accepting bids to sell 17 of its heritage sleeping cars currently at Beech Grove, Indiana. They are Silver Slope, Silver Plateau, Silver Hollow, Silver Boulder, Silver Channel, Silver Vale, Silver Basin, Silver Ridge, Lake Wales, West Palm Beach, Winter Haven, Bradenton, Greenwood, Toronto Islands, Navajo Valley, Missouri Valley, and unnamed car 2479.