Latest Rail News

Kansas City Southern said that its Mexican subsidiary, Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. estimates that, if there are no new complications, its Nuevo Laredo gateway will be reopened for service sometime the weekend of July24-25 with the Anahuac Bridge repairs under way and expected to be in service by then. With the anticipated restoration of service, all current service embargoes imposed on July 3 are expected to be lifted early the week of July 25.

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Pandrol USA has been awarded the contract to supply captive fastenings for the concrete tie to wood tie change out on the MBTA's Old Colony Line in the Boston area. 


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Norfolk Southern is about to clear the final hurdle needed to begin work on its Rossville intermodal terminal, where cargo containers will be transferred between trucks and trains, The Memphis Daily News reports. The Norfolk, Va.-based railroad, which is preparing to formally break ground on the massive $112-million project, will unveil the federally mandated environmental assessment that was recently approved in preparation for the facility.

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Moline, Ill., is one step closer to being a hub in the return of passenger rail service to the Quad-Cities, the Quad-City Times reports. In a unanimous vote July 20, the city council approved spending $993,000 to purchase property near existing railroad tracks for conversion to an Amtrak terminal. The property is at 1201 4th Ave., the site of the O'Rourke Building, and an adjacent vacant parcel at 323 13th St. The property is owned by High Rent LLC.

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The state has offered $18 million to purchase the 233 miles of rail line that Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway is seeking to abandon in Aroostook and Penobscot counties, the Maine Public broadcasting Network reports.

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Officials estimate construction of the long-awaited Colton Crossing project in Southern California will be complete sometime in 2014, the Contra Costa Times reports.

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After months of construction in downtown Norfolk, Va., light rail is coming into focus - as are the latest questions about Hampton Roads Transit's long-anticipated project, local media report. Major construction wrapped up earlier this month, and testing will begin in the fall. Now the city is counting down to see if the Tide makes its scheduled start date of next May.

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Track improvements will start this September to allow trains to travel at much faster speeds between Chicago and St. Louis, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. An agreement between the Illinois Department of Transportation and Union Pacific will allow track upgrades to be made on a 90-mile segment of UP track to prepare it for high-speed rail.

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In the 100 days since the voters of St. Louis County invested their trust and new financial resources in Metro through passage of Proposition A, the agency has taken real and meaningful steps toward keeping its pledges to all of the residents of the St. Louis region, President and CEO Robert J. Baer said.

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Latest Rail News | Railway Track & Structures (The following column was written by Tom Brooks, the Alaska Railroad's chief engineer, and appeared in the Anchorage, Alaska, Daily News.) Inspectors from the Federal Railroad Administration--the regulatory agency with safety-related authority over all U.S. railroads--were back in Alaska earlier this summer. Among other things, FRA inspectors require the Alaska Railroad Corporation to improve weed control.

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