Latest Rail News

Virginia Beach, Va., city officials said that they've struck a last-minute compromise with the state to complete a $40-million deal to buy an old rail line for a possible light rail project, The Virginian-Pilot reports. The city expects to close on the 10.6-mile corridor owned by Norfolk Southern later this month.

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The historic Rock Island Lines' depot in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, should be restored as the city's train station - if Chicago-to-Des Moines passenger railroad service is re-established - a new report recommends, according to the Des Moines Register.

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The Sacramento, Calif., Regional Transit District re-opened the 12th and I light rail station on schedule on September 7, 2010. RT temporarily closed the 12th and I light rail station in downtown Sacramento on August 2 to perform station improvements as part of the Alkali Flat/La Valentina and 12th & I Light Rail Station Improvement Project.

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Colmar USA, Inc., said that its first Hi-Rail machine T7000 has been sold to the Toronto Transit Commission, their first North American customer. The introduction of Hi-Rail machinery in North America complements the scrap metal equipment line that has been Colmar USA's primary product since it was established in 2002.

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In one of the largest railroad engineering project in the past century, Norfolk Southern raised the height of 28 tunnels in the Appalachian Mountains to open the Heartland Corridor, the fastest, most-direct route for double-stacked freight from the Port of Virginia to Chicago.

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Steel on steel plus speed equals noise. No doubt about it - sometimes a ride on BART can be noisy. If you've ever tried to hold a conversation going through the Transbay Tube, you know it can be difficult to hear.

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The track overhaul on the Red Line that closed the Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont Metrorail stations in the Washington, D.C., area during the three-day Labor Day weekend was completed successfully and all five stations reopened on time at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7. 



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Results are in for the Helena, Mont., Citizens Council survey on a quiet zone in the city. More than half of the respondents described noise from trains as a "quality of life issue," the Independent Record reports. The majority of people who responded to a Helena Citizens Council survey this summer supported the idea of using taxpayer money to implement a quiet zone in the city, saying the sounds of train horns pose quality of life issues for area residents, especially at night.

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Nordco Inc. has greatly expanded online parts information and resources with the addition of its popular "All-Inclusive Machine DVD" to the company's Website at www.nordco.com. The online database includes searchable mechanical, electrical and hydraulic data on all current Nordco Maintenance-of-Way equipment, along with many of the company's older machines.

 

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The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and BNSF signed an agreement that ultimately will result in more frequent and more reliable Amtrak Cascades service between Seattle and Portland.

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