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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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Friday, July 30 to Monday, Aug. 2, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. each day, crews will relocate utilities and continue construction on a shoofly at the Santa Clara, Calif., station. The shoofly is a temporary track for trains to use during the renovation of the station.

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In conjunction with standing 42 x 42 AutoLOKTM II U.S. patents and Mexico patents, the Canadian Patent Office has recently awarded Miner a patent on their 42 x 42 AutoLOK II outlet gate.

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Earlier in July, Norfolk Southern's maintenance of way and structures department completed $21 million in track, signal and bridge work in seven days on one if its primary coal lines in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Mon Line extends approximately 85 miles from Pittsburgh to coal mines in Washington and Greene counties. In 2009, almost 42 million tons of coal was transported over this rail line. Approximately 20 trains daily use the Mon Line.

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The NEW METRO in Houston has received good news in the form of a federal Record of Decision on the University light-rail line, signifying final approval of the environmental review process on this 11.3-mile project. With this approval, METRO will continue to evolve the design, engineering, utility coordination, pre-construction planning work and ongoing FTA coordination needed to go forward while renewing community outreach efforts to make sure the public continues to be engaged in this historic project.

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Maryland's congressional delegation is scheduled to meet July 30 with the chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, which issued a scathing report this week on an "anemic safety culture" that contributed to last year's deadly Metro crash, the Gaithersburg, Md., Gazette reports. NTSB Chairwoman Deborah A.P. Hersman recommended the federal government provide oversight for public transit systems the way it does for railroad systems through the Federal Railroad Administration.

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Trains are scheduled to begin rolling into Union Pacific's new intermodal yard in Joliet, Ill., next week, the Herald News reports. The Union Pacific facility is the anchor operation for CenterPoint Intermodal Center-Joliet, a 4,000-acre industrial park under development on the south end of the city.

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Residents on Ravenswood Avenue on Chicago's North Side were so upset by the idea of a Metra station closer to their homes that they complained to officials, circulated a petition, formed an association and hired an attorney, the Chicago Tribune reports. Their efforts seem to have worked.

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