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The Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad said that Henry Lampe, president and CEO, would retire at the end of October 2010. Succeeding him will be Andrew Fox, managing director of Pacific Harbor Line and former PHL president since 1997.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said $727,000 would be coming for the State of New York to continue work on its high-speed rail program with the rehabilitation of the Buffalo-Depew railroad station. The Department of Transportation has provided New York $1.7 million of the $151 million awarded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for high-speed rail.

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A 20-year transportation proposal to renovate more than 500 miles of passenger rail throughout New England is anticipated to increase speed between stations while unclogging some of the region's congested highways, the Brattleboro, Vt., Reformer reports. The ambitious project, running through Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont, is designed to improve connection times and spark economic growth throughout the Northeast.

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BNSF wants to create a wind energy hub in the Big Pasco Industrial Center, the Tri City Herald reports. The railroad company, which operates one of North America's largest rail networks, with about 32,000 route miles in 28 states and two Canadian provinces, recently proposed setting up a transload facility on Port of Pasco land. The idea is to haul wind turbine components by rail from production sites and deliver them to Pasco for loading onto trucks for shipment to wind farm sites within 150 miles.

 

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Wiscasset Raceway can have Oxxfest 2010. Brunswick will host its own celebration of heavy metal on August 2, the Brunswick Times Record reports. Real heavy metal. Very heavy metal.

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The rehabilitation of the Chester Branch Railroad, a four-mile rail line extending from Wharton, N.J., and ending in Roxbury, N.J., is under way and should be completed within four to five months, county officials said, according to the Daily Record. The county Board of Freeholders in April awarded a $5.1-million contract to the firm Railroad Construction Co. Inc., of Paterson to rehabilitate the rail line, with the money coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, part of the economic stimulus package.

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Virginia and CSX Transportation have reached an agreement about how to proceed with federal stimulus spending on a new high-speed rail line between Washington and Richmond, the Washington Post reports. A framework agreement over the $75-million project has now been submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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L.B. Foster Company said that it is extending its previously announced cash tender offer, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Foster Thomas Company, for all outstanding shares of common stock of Portec Rail Products, Inc., until 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on August 16, 2010. The tender offer was previously set to expire at midnight, New York City Time on July 30, 2010.


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Vossloh has won two major contracts worth together around 115 million euros ($115.6 million) in connection with the construction of Libya's new rail network. On behalf of general contractor China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, Vossloh will equip around 1,300 km (806 miles) of the planned network with its fastening systems and switches. Deliveries will extend from 2010 to 2012.

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By the end of the last millennium, Metro Moncton, New Brunswick, residents couldn't wait for the day - and they were certain that it was coming soon - that the CN rail line that bisects the downtown would be moved to the city's outskirts, the Times & Transcript reports. Since then, nary a word.

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