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The Maryland State Legislative Board is a subsidiary of the United Transportation Union (UTU), which is a subsidiary of Sheet Metal Air, Rail & Transportation Union (SMART).

The UTU legislative departments consist of a National Legislative Department located in Washington, D.C and 49 of the 50 states have individual State Legislative Departments.

These legislative departments are recognized as some of the most effective legislative organizations in the labor movement. They focus on passing legislation beneficial to organized labor and working families in addition to defeating legislation that is deemed detrimental.

Two Class I Carriers serve Maryland, CSX and NS; the short line Canton Railroad operates in Baltimore City; and passenger and commuter rails Amtrak and MARC operate throughout the state.

Representing the employees of these railroads in state and local government and in the arena of organized labor, in addition to assisting at the national level when called upon, is the job of the UTU Maryland State Legislative Board.

The Board is made up of 6 Local Legislative Representatives, one from each UTU Local in the state. We reorganize every four years by electing the Executive Board made up of a State Legislative Director, an Assistant Legislative Director and a Secretary.

The MD State Legislative Director works in Annapolis, MD during sessions of the Maryland General Assembly and at the main office during the interim. The Director maintains an open dialogue with the members of the General Assembly year round in an effort to educate them on the issues affecting union members and their families.

The Director maintains a working relationship with the Commissioner of Labor and Industry who oversees the State Railroad Inspection Division and also maintains communications with the Federal Railroad Administration.

The many laws and regulations under the jurisdiction of these agencies are monitored for compliance within the railroad industry.

The UTU is a recognized leader and is well respected in legislative and organized labor circles in Maryland.
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The Railroad.net forum is one of the strongest and longest standing Railroad communities in the world. The forum has over 76,000 topics which have accrued over 1.06 million posts. Over Memorial Day weekend, the technology which powers the Railroad.net forum was given a major upgrade. The new forum is greatly improved and it also corrected [...] readmore
In 1998, I again followed CSX’s mainline across northern Indiana and Ohio to record the double-tracking and upgrading. Wellsboro, Indiana, where the GTW and C&O crossed had been simplified; the C&O diamonds were removed and the signals replaced.   Farther east, at Garrett, Indiana, the old B&O yard had been re-ballasted and the signals replaced. [...] readmore
In Part 3 of our 1997 trip along CSX’s Cumberland mainline, we come to Greenwich, Ohio, where CSX crossed Conrail’s ex-Big Four “Bee Line” from Cleveland to Terre Haute, Indiana. No connecting tracks existed at this time, but CSX would inherit the “Bee Line” in the Conrail break-up in 1999. Within a year, connecting tracks [...] readmore
Continuing our trek along CSX’s ex-B&O mainline, we come to Hamler, Ohio. Here CSX crosses the former Detroit Toledo & Ironton RR, that has just been transferred to the Indiana & Ohio Railway. The track gang was still re-laying the second track, which would help with the increased rail traffic from the future Conrail break-up. [...] readmore
In 1997, CSX  was re-installing the second track on their former B&O mainline between Chicago and Deshler, Ohio. They were anticipating freight traffic to double after the Conrail break-up. Sadly, this also resulted in the classic color position signals being replaced. On August 6, 1997, I filmed the track gang adding the second track at [...] readmore
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Two weeks ago, a vicious mudslide in south of Everett, Washington caused havoc along with Seattle to Everett line.  The popular route for travelers coming into and out of Seattle from Everett couldn’t take advantage of Amtrak for the past 2 weeks. Today, as reported in The Seattle Times, service resumed. The mudslide was a result [...] readmore
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In 1973, the Regional Transportation Authority was formed to fund Chicago’s commuter operations, but it was not until 1977 that the first new locomotives were ordered-16 F40PH’s for the Rock Island. Three more sets of these units would be ordered through 1983 for use on the C&NW and Milwaukee Road lines. All came painted in [...] readmore
Amtrak has launched a 110 MPH track on service between Chicago and St Louis. These are speeds which many say will help to show that high-speed rail in this country can be an reality one day. As reported in Business Week this new announcement made by Amtrak over the busy Thanksgiving weekend has received a [...] readmore

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