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September 18-21, 2011, marks the dates for Railway Interchange 2011, as Minneapolis hosts the first North American event combining the technical conferences of AREMA (American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association) and CMA (Coordinated Mechanical Associations), as well as the exhibits of RSI (Railway Supply Institute), REMSA (Railway Engineering & Maintenance Suppliers Association), and RSSI (Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc.).

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Clean-up work on the upper reach of the Whitefish River will have a completely different look this year, as BNSF continues to remove sediments contaminated by diesel spilled at the railroad's locomotive refueling station, the Whitefish Pilot reports.

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Transportation officials in Norfolk, Va., are working to make sure people are safe when the Light Rail starts running, local media report. Preventing a crash between a Light Rail train and a vehicle is what the city of Norfolk and HRT wants to work to prevent before the trains roll across the tracks.

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Network Rail has awarded the Thameslink core area resignaling contract to Invensys Rail. On completion, the project will provide a significant increase in route capacity, allowing 24 trains per hour to run from Loughborough Junction in the south, through central London and on to Kentish Town in the north

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LTK Engineering Services appointed Michael A. Tagaras manager, South Central Region, based in Dallas. Tagaras has served as manager for the firm's South Texas area based in Houston and the New England area based in Boston. He has also held project management positions with several equipment suppliers and brings more than 21 years experience in transportation systems including commuter rail, heavy rail, light rail, streetcars, DMU, fare systems and BRT.


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Metrolinx continues to move forward its bold 5 in 10 Plan, a vision to improve transit in Toronto, with the C$54-million contract with Lovat Inc. to purchase four tunnel-boring machines (TBMs) for the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit project.

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Wabtec Corporation has completed the acquisition of G&B Specialties, Inc., from Global Railway Industries Ltd. for about $35 million. On July 14, Wabtec said that it had signed an agreement to acquire G&B Specialties and Bach-Simpson Corporation from Global Railway Industries for about $45 million. The Bach-Simpson acquisition is expected to be completed by Oct. 31. Wabtec expects the transactions to be accretive in the first year.


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"On behalf of all Metro employees, I want to first express my condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones and those who were injured in the tragic accident on June 22, 2009," said Richard Sarles, Washington, D.C., Metro Interim General Manager. "I believe that the greatest honor that we can pay them and also our customers who rely on us every day is to work to prevent such an incident from ever happening and to become the safest railroad possible. 



 

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The National Transportation Safety Board determined that last year's fatal collision of two Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority trains on the Red Line in Washington, D.C., was a failure of the track circuit modules that caused the automatic train control system to lose detection of one train, allowing a second train to strike it from the rear. The NTSB also cited WMATA for its failure to ensure that a verification test developed after a 2005 incident near Rosslyn station was used system-wide. This test would have identified the faulty track circuit before the accident.

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Union Pacific employees achieved the best first-half-of-the-year safety performance in company history. For the period January 1 through June 30, Union Pacific's employee reportable injury rate was 1.31, a nearly 10 percent improvement over the previous company best 1.45 reportable rate for the first six months of 2009. Union Pacific's employee injury rate improved 50 percent from 2001 to 2009.

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