Latest Rail News

Fort Worth & Western Railroad said that Steven George would retire in the first quarter of 2011 as president and chief executive officer of the Fort Worth-based 276-mile regional railroad. Succeeding him will be Thomas Schlosser, former chief executive officer of Global Rail Systems, Inc., Marlin, Texas, and chairman of the American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association from 2007 to 2010.

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The rough railroad crossings throughout the town of Fairfield, Maine, are a source of constant complaints to local officials, the Waterville Morning Sentinel reports. But because the railroad is privately owned, the town can't repair the crossings. The la ...

Koppers Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koppers Holdings Inc., said that it has completed a transaction to acquire the rail joint business product line and related manufacturing facility of Portec Rail Products, Inc. for a purchase price of $10.1 million less certain assumed liabilities, subject to certain working capital and other adjustments. The purchase price was funded with cash on hand.


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Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig said that a historic public-private partnership agreement on high-speed rail development is in place to bring Illinois one giant step closer to achieving high-speed passenger service between Chicago and St. Louis by 2014.

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L. B. Foster Company announced the expiration of the subsequent offering period offered by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Foster Thomas Company, for its cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of Portec Rail Products, Inc. The subsequent offering period expired at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December 21, 2010.

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MTA NYC Transit reopened the Rockaway Park-bound platforms at the Beach 105th Street-Seaside and Beach 90th Street-Holland stations. The rehabilitation of these stations is part of a $117-million project encompassing nine stations on the Rockaway Peninsula.

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Tracks between San Juan Capistrano and Oceanside, Calif., remain closed due to mudslides. Trains are only operating as far south as Laguna Niguel. Metrolink is continuing to provide bus transportation between Oceanside and Laguna Niguel.

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With a new majority in the House, a new chairman and many new members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as a changing national economic picture, it is worth asking the question, "What's ahead for transportation in 2011?"  The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has compiled a list of very distinct - and pressing - issues that loom at the local, state, and federal levels.

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L.B. Foster Company has begun delivering 28,500 tons of 115-pound standard continuous welded rail to New England Central Railroad (NECR), an operating subsidiary of RailAmerica, Inc., for upgrading approximately 140 miles of  track. L.B. Foster's specially-equipped cwr trains will complete 18 shipments of welded rail by mid-2011 for installation at various locations throughout Vermont.

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The Association of American Railroads released the 2010 Edition of Railroad Facts - the premier industry statistical reference book. The publication notes that in 2009, rail traffic experienced the largest percentage decrease since 1949 with carloads down 15.1 percent and ton-miles down 13.8 percent, but that aggressive cost management by railroads helped to bolster year-end performance and allowed for record capital investment totaling $9.9 billion.

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