One of the worst rail
bottlenecks on the east coast is Washington's Virginia Avenue Tunnel, Greater
Greater Washington reports. While the tunnel originally carried two tracks, it
was narrowed to one to allow taller and wider freight cars. With growing
freight rail traffic across the United States, the century-old tunnel is in
dire need of replacement.
Administrator and former Riverdale, Ill., Mayor Joseph Szabo returned to the
south suburbs on April 13 to tout the Obama administration's plans for a
"rail renaissance" and highlight the area's potential for rail-related
economic development, the Northwest Indiana Times reports.
Up to 40 trains a day
eventually could travel through Reno on Union Pacific tracks, meaning more
horns waking up sleeping residents in west Reno and the west Truckee Meadows,
the Gazette-Journal reports.
Maine's Governor Baldacci
has created a task force to look into saving railroad services in Aroostook
County, local media report. Earlier this week, Maine lawmakers approved a bond measure that sets
aside $7,000,000 to purchase and preserve about 240 miles of track in Northern
There is a big difference
between an important letter mislaid or lost (with apologies to Canada Post) and
a letter that is deliberately destroyed, according to an editorial in Ontario's
North Bay Nugget. There is always hope that the lost letter will turn up
somewhere, at some time. The destroyed letter is gone forever unless someone
made a copy.
Construction on the
Belmont Road underpass in Downers Grove, Ill., will resume in June with a
two-week closure of the street, according to the Downers Grove Reporter.
Warning signals and gates
are expected to be guarding Annandale's increasingly busy South Poplar Lane railroad
crossing within a year, The Annadale Advocate reports. The Annandale City
Council approved an agreement with the Canadian Pacific Railway and the state
of Minnesota to install the system at its regular meeting.
Officials say rust
gathering on Norfolk, Va., Light Rail tracks is not a problem, local media
report. The sight is concerning some people, especially since Norfolk's Light
Rail project is over budget and behind schedule.
On Saturday, April 24,
and Sunday, April 25, regular Metrolink San Bernardino Line weekend service
will be replaced by a temporary schedule for
the installation of the pedestrian underpass at Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.,
The Northwest Maintenance
Railway Club named Tom Swalboski of Stanley Railroad Product its Supplier of
the Year for 2010. In naming Swalboski the third recipient of this annual
award, NWMRC stated "Tom exemplifies a commitment to the railroad industry and
has been an active member of the NWMRC for more than15 years."