Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Railroads Disappointed With NMB Decision To End MediationMarketWatch (press release)The statement can be attributed to A. Kenneth Gradia, Chairman of the NCCC, the railroads' bargaining representative. "We are extremely disappointed by the Board's decision to end mediation. It is clear this action reflects the enormous pressure the ...

Rail workers ratify national contractWorkday Minnesota1, 2010, the ratified contract covers some 38000 UTU members employed by BNSF, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern, Soo Line, Union Pacific and numerous smaller carriers – all represented in national handling by the rail industry's National ...

High-speed rail line connecting Houston, Dallas possible by 2020Community Impact NewspaperThe corridor between Houston and Dallas was selected for the first high-speed rail line because nearly 93 percent of the land in between the two cities is rural and flat, and there are few stops in between, Eckels said. LSHSR is studying several routes ...

Ethanol transfer station meets opposition from residents ...Nooga.comThe site chosen by the Englewood Enterprises at Bonny Oaks Industrial Park would put the company next to tank farms and railroad lines where the fuel will ...

Chicago Amtrak police on high alert for suicide bombersExaminer.comSeptember 6, 2011 Amtrak police have stepped up secuity patrols at Chicago's Union Station using the latest high-tech security tools available to detect a possible suicide bomber. In addition to increasing standard explosive detection devices and ...

12 SEPTA railcars damaged by Irene could take weeks to fix Philadelphia ...Philadelphia InquirerCaught by the unexpected rise of a creek that was "not on our radar screen," SEPTA rail operations managers realized too late that the trains could be in harm's way. They say they will shuffle cars in SEPTA's 365-car fleet to deal with the shortage ...

A detour in the Adirondack tourist train debateNorth Country Public RadioNone of this, of course, devalues the train-advocate community's larger arguments about the tourism railroad. It may be that a seasonal tourist train is the ...

Pam AM seeks to abandon railroadYork WeeklyThe railroad, formally known as The Boston and Maine Corporation and ... decides they want to dispose of it they have to send a bill of sale to the state, ...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Small Railroads' Traffic Strengthens Journal of CommerceShort line and regional railroads saw total shipments rise 3.4 percent in the final week of August, with gains across various cargoes linked to industrial demand. ...

AAR: Railroads report dip in weekly rail traffic [Brotherhood of ...WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported a slight dip in weekly rail traffic, with U.S. railroads originating 299943 ...

Railroad Bridges Badly Damaged By FloodingVermont Public RadioThe Green Mountain line and the Vermont Rail South line rail beds have also seen a number of washouts, culvert failures and erosion of the rail bed. Freight traffic is still running between Burlington and Rutland, and the Ethan Allen Amtrak line ...

Union Pacific coal train derails, no injuriesHouston Chronicle(AP) รข€” Union Pacific crews are working in northeast Kansas to clean up a derailment of a coal train. No injuries were reported when 56 cars of the train derailed early Monday near Emmett in Pottawatomie County. Kansas First News reports that crews ...

PennDOT creates plan to complete Middletown Amtrak station by 2013Patriot-NewsBy Phyllis Zimmerman, The Patriot-News A new Middletown Amtrak station could be ready for commuters by 2013, a state Department of Transportation representative told Middletown Borough Council on Aug. 23. “We're still 100 percent committed to the new ...

CSX announces $59 million expansion in OhioExaminer.comThe most recent development by CSX is a $59 million intermodal freight terminal expansion for Columbus, Ohio. This terminal expansion is part of the National Gateway initiative, linking deep water east coast ports with Midwestern markets. ...

Bombardier to Deliver Further 76 MOVIA Metro Cars to Delhi Metro from Savli ...Reuters (press release)BERLIN--(Marketwire - September 5, 2011) - Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has received an order for 76 additional BOMBARDIER MOVIA metro cars from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (DMRC). The contract is valued at approximately ...

BNSF opens shop doors to publicTopeka Capital Journal"We're a big part of this community, and this is a big deal for us," said Curt Myers, BNSF superintendent of the first-ever open house event for the general public. "It's a celebration of labor. With 400 employees, we're labor-intensive here. ...

Feds grant preliminary approval to third rail lineMinnesota Public RadioA third light rail corridor serving the Twin Cities has federal backing, it was announced Friday. Federal approval has been given to begin engineering studies for the Southwest Corridor rail line linking Eden Prairie and Minneapolis, and St. Paul via ...

Verde Canyon Railroad is a ride into Arizona historyArizona RepublicUntil a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad helped bring it to life. Dry textbook accounts of the earliest Arizona settlements are nothing compared with this ride. It combines the romanticism of train travel, the stunning natural beauty of Arizona and ...

Agricultural businesses call for Michigan railroad improvementsMLive.comBy Rosemary Parker Kalamazoo Gazette Clint Schipper, left, and Hoss Cartwright, right, of Grand Elk Railroad begin repairs to the railroad crossing on East Michigan east of Pitcher street in this file photo. (Kalamazoo Gazette / Jonathon Gruenke) ...

$38 million to add 3rd track out of FullertonOCRegisterUpgrades include completion of the final segment of a third rail track between Los Angeles and Fullerton. By LOU PONSI / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER The Federal Railroad Administration has awarded Caltrans three grants totaling $55 million for ...

G&W clinches short line acquisitionRailwayAge MagazineAZER is composed of two rail lines operating 265 track miles in southeast Arizona and southwest New Mexico that are connected by 52 miles of trackage rights over the Union Pacific Railroad. The Arizona Eastern line serves the copper mining regions of ...

All Aboard at the Connecticut Eastern Railroad MuseumPatch.comThis Central Vermont engine is one of the train stock you can see on the museum grounds at 55 Bridge St., Willimantic Nathan M. Oehler In its railroad heyday from 1850-1950, Willimantic hosted 50 trains a day on three businessman special lines that ...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY LAHOOD ANNOUNCES $34 MILLION TO ALLEVIATE CONGESTION AT ONE OF THE LARGEST RAIL BOTTLENECKS IN AMERICA

FasTracks to get $1 billion in federal fundskwgn.comDENVER -- Efforts to expand light rail and commuter rail service across metro Denver will receive a major boost when US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announces a funding award of $1.03 billion on Wednesday. The infusion of federal funds will help ...

Amtrak to restore Washington-Boston serviceReutersWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amtrak has completed cleanup and repairs from Hurricane Irene and plans to restore most service for its primary trains in the Northeast on Wednesday. Amtrak said on Tuesday that engineering teams had finished work on signals and ...

Port Jervis rail line closed; repairs may take monthsThe Journal News LoHud.comSUFFERN — Sloatsburg and Orange County rail riders will have to find another place to catch the train because the Port Jervis line has been shut down as a result of massive damage inflicted by Tropical Storm Irene. The closure could last months and ...

RailAmerica secures new $75 million line of creditJacksonville Business JournalThe short-line railroad operator (NYSE: RA), based in Jacksonville, also said in a news release that its board of directors has authorized the repurchase of up to $25 million of the company's common stock. The new line of credit replaces RailAmerica's ...

Indiana Rail Road begins to build locomotive shopProgressive Rail Roading(INRD) and Indiana Department of Transportation officials broke ground for a $6 million locomotive maintenance facility in Jasonville, Ind. To be located at INRD's Hiawatha Yard, the facility is part of the 500-mile regional's record capital spending ...

CSX plans $59 million Ohio expansionBizjournals.com (blog)CSX Corp. is expanding its Ohio operations, spending $59 million to grow its operations in the Columbus area. This comes after the company also bought 47 acres next to the new SunCoke Energy Inc. facility in Middletown earlier this year. US Sen. ...

Railroads continue to restore service post-Hurricane IreneProgressive Rail RoadingCSX Transportation's freight operations “are moving steadily toward full recovery,” and commuter train service in the Washington, DC, and Boston areas was restored yesterday. Power outages in several areas required the Class I to use generators to ...

AAR sues US governmentifw-net.comThe Association of American Railroads (AAR) is suing the federal government for giving Amtrak the “authority to promulgate binding rules governing the conduct of its contractual partners, the freight railroads.” AAR said such authority, ...

Thursday, August 25, 2011


AAR Reports Mixed Results for Weekly Rail Traffic AAR.org18, 2011 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed results for weekly rail traffic, with U.S. railroads originating 292266 carloads ...

LaHood proposes changes to FRA regsBetter Roads Magazineby Tina Barbaccia US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has proposed changes to the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) regulations governing the installation of positive train control (PTC) systems. The amendments will provide greater flexibility ...

Canola drives more CN rail loads to W.Canada portsReutersWINNIPEG, Manitoba Aug 24 (Reuters) - A record Alberta canola crop has pushed the number of grain cars transported by Canadian National Railway Co (CNR.TO) to British Columbia ports to a 20-year high, the railway said on Wednesday. ...

Rail Dispute Spurs Business Owner to Search for New SiteValley VoiceBy Julie Fernandez Tulare County - The owner of Superior Soil Supplements said this week that the issue of the nearly $900 per railcar surcharge the San Joaquin Valley Railroad is imposing on his company has not been resolved and he will have to find a ...

Regional Rail LLC News PageTyburn Railroad operates a shortline railroad, a liquid and dry bulk transload facility, and provides truck pick up and delivery services from its facility ...

Grain elevator near Fort Benton to get upgradeHouston Chronicle"There's not only competition now with more grain companies building shuttle loaders, but also competition for acres between crops." BNSF Railway offers lower shipping rates to shuttle loader elevators because the cars don't sit idle as long.

Railroad purchase pushed backSauk Prairie EagleThe state will not purchase the Reedsburg-to-Madison rail line from Union Pacific Railroad, estimated to cost about $30 million, this year. "We just got so many things to accomplish for that project to get going," said Frank Huntington, rail supervisor ...

Downeaster facility site riles residentsMainebiz DailyBy The Mainebiz News Staff The operator of the Amtrak Downeaster has chosen a site in Brunswick to build a $4 million train layover facility, but some residents aren't happy with the choice. The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority board on ...

FreightCar America adding 200 jobs amid optimism for coming yearsNews/Talk 960 WFIRNorfolk Southern is ordering another Roanoke-built 1500 coal-carrying cars, this on top of the 1500 already in production. NS President Wick Moorman says coal still provides one-quarter of the railroad's revenue. The long-term outlook for job security ...

Maine Eastern Railroad receives regional recognitionBangor Daily NewsNew England Travel Magazine has named Maine Eastern Railroad winner of Best of New England Travel 2011 – Attraction — Way to Beat Summer Traffic in its recent publication, “ The Best of New England Travel 2011,” according to a news release Tuesday ...

First railcar arrives at parkTriValley CentralRail service in the park is provided by San Pedro and Southwestern, a shortline operator based in Benson. Besides the connection to Union Pacific Railroad's ...

Broward leases 42 acres at Port Everglades to Florida East Coast railroadPalm Beach PostHe said infrastructure projects that expand port commerce "are critical for enhancing our competitive position and sustaining our local economy." Husein Cumber, a vice president of the FEC, said the railroad's cargo capacity at the 14-acre Andrews ...

Riding the Rails: Growth of intermodal industry provides spark for commercial ...REjournals.comIn 2011, CenterPoint Intermodal Centers house the BNSF Logistics Park-Chicago, a 770-acre facility in Elwood, and Union Pacific-Joliet Intermodal Terminal, a 835-acre facility in Joliet. The actual intermodal terminals are only a portion of the overall ...

Historic train turntable, buildings razedShreveport TimesPlans were to piggyback it with a statewide study to expand passenger rail service as an alternative to mass transit and at the same time beef up tourism opportunities. The railroad in Cullen, acquired by Watco Companies from Kansas City Southern ...

NM names member to tourist train commissionHouston ChronicleSusana Martinez has appointed a federal water agency official to a commission overseeing the historic Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Martinez announced the appointment of Billy Elbrock of Chama last week. Elbrock is supervisory facilities operations ...

Stewartstown Railroad opposes abandonmentYork Daily RecordBy TERESA ANN BOECKEL York, PA - The Stewartstown Railroad Company opposes the proposed abandonment of the railroad for many reasons, including that it's not in the public interest to shut it down and the company has identified prospective customers. ...



Monday, August 15, 2011


Amtrak launches free iPhone applicationBreaking Travel NewsAmtrak passengers can now plan trips, purchase tickets, modify existing reservations, check train schedules and status, and view station information from the convenience of an iPhone® with the free Amtrak application (app) now available through iTunes. ...

RAIL TRAFFIC STILL CONSISTENT WITH MUDDLE THROUGH ECONOMY ...By Cullen RocheThe latest rail data from AAR is consistent with a sluggish economy. The good news is that the economy isn't cratering as some might think from the recent.

Weekly Rail Traffic Charts - Association of American Railroads PDF Weekly Traffic of Major U.S. Railroads. Carloads Originated. 1.Grain ... Weekly Railroad Traffic. Association of American Railroads ...

Freight railroads: Powering america's economy PDF “Short line railroads are the vital link between thousands of small towns and ... short line railroads means lower transportation costs, more flexible local ...

Scenic Saratoga & North Creek Railway trains back on track after engine ...The Saratogian24, the scenic railway will host an “Ales on Rails” event that leaves North Creek at 5 pm The two-hour trip will include a Dogfish Head glass, four tastings of Dogfish Head beer, appetizers, music and door prizes. Tickets went on sale Friday on the ...

Feds give $1.2 million to railside trailThe Adirondack Daily EnterpriseLAKE PLACID - The federal government has awarded $1.2 million for a proposed recreational path along the railroad tracks between Lake Placid and Ray Brook. US Sen. Charles Schumer announced Friday that $1208708 has been awarded to the state Department ...

Housatonic Railroad train derailsBerkshire EagleBy Trevor Jones, Berkshire Eagle Staff GREAT BARRINGTON -- Seven railroad cars derailed along one of the Housatonic Railroad Co.'s lines around 7 pm on Friday, displacing construction debris but not spilling any hazardous materials or causing any ...

Providence and Worcester Railroad Co Reports Operating Results (10-Q)GuruFocus.comProvidence And Worcester Railroad Company has a market cap of $66.9 million; its shares were traded at around $13.86 with and P/S ratio of 2.9. The dividend yield of Providence And Worcester Railroad Company stocks is 1.2%. Operating revenues increased ...

Operation Lifesaver demonstrates track safetyHastings TribuneCARLETON — If motorists just take their time and don't rush safety, everyone will leave a railroad crossing safely. Mike Russell, a Marysville, Kan.-based Union Pacific manager of operating practices, joked with passengers sitting in an Operation ...

Friday, August 12, 2011


08/12/2011 U. S. Department of Transportation Launches Initiative to Prevent Employee Fatigue and Increase Safety on America’s Railways

RailAmerica Traffic Drops on Coal, but Chemicals Gain Journal of ...Weaker coal traffic pushed rail carloadings down 7.4 percent in July at short line railroads that RailAmerica operated both in 2010 and 2011, ...

Stockton short line acquiredStockton RecordThe short line has been sold, and the new owners are looking to expand. Bejay Orth, brakeman,(right) and Wayne Faull, foreman, stand on the front of the engine before start of shift at the Stockton Terminal and Eastern Railroad yard in Stockton ...

Iowa to receive $773K in railroad repair grantsChicago TribuneAP Iowa will receive more than $773000 in federal grants to repair flood-damaged railroads in 11 counties in the state. The grants were announced Thursday by Sen. Tom Harkin, who says floods of 2008 severely damaged the state's railroad system. ...

BNSF Raising Tracks to Get Around FloodingKQ2 StJoeChannelDespite flooding throughout Holt County, BNSF Railways is working through the water. The change will allow the rail line to continue to operate even during a major flood event. The truss should also allow floodwater to drain easier once flooding ...


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