Saturday, April 4, 2009

Fight continues for shippers, CORP on Siskiyou Rail Line Siskiyou Daily News - Yreka,CA,USA By David Smith March 31 marked the continuance of the ongoing fight for alternative rail service over the Siskiyou Rail Line between various shippers and ...

Railway employee recognized for helping avert derailment Milton Canadian Champion - Milton,ON,Canada By Stephanie Hounsell, Canadian Champion Staff Bert Eilander, a long-time Canadian Pacific Railway employee, was watching David Letterman late one summer ...

Amtrak resumes Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Rugby service Grand Forks Herald - Grand Forks,ND,USA Amtrak resume service overnight to Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby, ND, for the first time since Red River Valley flooding forced the trains to use an ...

Comment:
This week Kansas DOT announced it received stimulus money and some of the proceeds would go to short line railroad projects. Great news... maybe not, you decide.

Railroads in Kansas requested over $19M in funding, only $2.2 was awarded. It gets better.
Out of the same federal stimulus grant, $384M was awarded to Kansas state highway projects. Wow, if my math is correct, that's almost 175 times greater than the amount awarded to railroad projects. Another way to look at it, railroads get 0.6% of the cash awarded to highways. I suppose part of something is better than all of nothing. I hope this is not the trend for future stimulus funding awards.

Here's the details on the funding requests/applications and awards from Kansas DOT http://www.ksdot.org/EconomicStimulus.asp

Railroad awards:

Kyle Railroad Company, Scandia - construct 2,000 feet of new siding and a new switch at Nesika Energy, $371,000 (Republic County)
Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad, Alexander - expand siding at Mid-States Farmers Coop, $158,470 (Rush County)
Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad, outside of Wichita - add siding to handle 110-car grain trains, $967,820 (Sedgwick County)
Nebraska Kansas Colorado Railroad, near St. Francis - partial funding for bridge rehabilitation, $476,826 (Cheyenne, Rawlins and Decatur counties)
Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad, Sawyer - extend siding capacity at Farmers Coop, $195,278 (Pratt County)


CSX’s Michael Ward: CEO gets the railroad ready for an economic ...Business Journal - Jacksonville,FL, The railroad will spend $1.6 billion this year on improvements to its freight lines. JACKSONVILLE — CSX Corp. CEO and Chairman Michael Ward is a modern ...

IntegriCo Composite Railroad Ties Meet and Exceed Independent ...PRLog.Org (press release) - TX,USA IntegriCo composite railroad ties were subjected to cyclic-load testing with 2 million load cycles or simulation of 1 million train car passes. ...

UP Seen Raising Rail Rates Journal of Commerce Union Pacific Railroad plans to “hold firm” on pricing despite declining demand for rail freight transport, an investment analyst said in a report April 3 after meetings with UP management. Morgan Stanley transportation analyst William ...

Chapel car becomes a landmark SnoValley Star - North Bend,Wa,USA To help restore the Messenger of Peace, the museum hired Glenn Guerra, a leading expert on wooden rail cars. Guerra lives in Wisconsin and consults with ...

BLET voices opposition to rail antitrust act Progressive Rail Roading - Milwaukee,WI,USA... the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET). disputes to the Surface Transportation Board (STB),” according to a prepared statement. ...

Business For Sale: Great Smokey Mountain Railroad Business For Sale: A company dedicated to the preservation of American Railroad History is offering up to 49% ownership to 1-42 investors (minimum investment is $100K)

CSX train derails schedule InsideNova.com There was more trouble on the rails Friday morning, this time just south of Quantico.

Stimulus money going to six Amtrak rail stations in Kansas Bizjournals.com - Charlotte,NC, Amtrak has announced $1.04 million in stimulus money will go toward improving the six stations in Kansas serving the company’s Southwest Chief route. ...

It’s full steam ahead on Minnesota rail plans Minneapolis Star Tribune - Minneapolis,MN, Pawlenty also said Friday that the Northstar commuter line should be extended to St. Cloud and that studies of a high-speed line from the Twin Cities to ...

Recession takes toll on Arrowhead railroads Duluth News Tribune - Duluth,MN,USA Drew Digby, a labor analyst for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, said that while area mines employ fewer people than they ...

Hall of Fame president defends progress Galesburg Register-Mail - Galesburg,IL,USA By ERIC TIMMONS The President of the National Railroad Hall of Fame is upbeat about the prospects for the $30 million project and dismissive of those who ...

Neighbors push for quieter train quiet zones KOB.com - Albuquerque,NM,USA Lomas near the railroad tracks will soon become a quiet zone, meaning trains passing through can only ring their bell, not blare the horns. ...

Update on Railpower's CCAA Restructuring Process Canada NewsWire (press release) - Toronto,Ontario,Canada Since Railpower obtained court protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) on February 4, 2009, it has actively taken steps, ...

Rail to Trails capital project approved Clarksville Leaf Chronicle - Clarksville,TN,USA Ward 6 Councilman Marc Harris and Ward 12 Councilman Jeff Burkhart voted against authorizing the eminent domain power. Some of the property owners have ...

Heights firm vies for rail car deal Elmira Star-Gazette - Elmira,NY,USA Charles Schumer is trying to help secure a new contract for a rail car maker in Elmira Heights that would bring 250 to 300 jobs to the area for an eight- to ...

BNSF Cuts Intermodal Shipping Time by More Than 12 Hours SYS-CON Media (press release) - Montvale,NJ, BNSF also improved shipment availability in some lanes by as much as 20 hours. By working with our intermodal partners and leveraging available capacity, ...

Pocatello City Council Members in Support of Bringing Amtrak ...KPVI-TV - Pocatello,ID, There's been talk for awhile about bringing the Amtrak passenger train service back to the North West. If and when it pans out, the Gate City would once ...

BNSF Train Derailment Railroad Depot Video Blog By YardMaster Micro burst blew a loaded stack train over at Essex, CA. Recorded by a crew on a passing train, it's amazing how much damage the wind can do.

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