Latest Rail News

University of California San Diego has built a prototype laser to search for cracks inside rail lines, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. UC San Diego engineers are preparing to test an experimental laser that looks for the kind of cracks inside railway lines that are responsible for many of the 130 or so derailments that occur nationwide each year.

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Nordco Inc. has named Bill Straub President of the company's newly formed Equipment Services Business Unit. Nordco Equipment Services incorporates the company's Rebuild and Repair group in Oak Creek, Wis., and J.E.R. Overhaul in Arcola, Ill.

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The Metro Gold Line Extension is on track for a June 26 groundbreaking. But there's still some major business to be worked out to make sure the project, funded with $810 million in voter-approved dollars, is not derailed, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports.

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Amtrak is urging the Federal Railroad Administration to be bold and unambiguous in its vision for the future of the national rail system, including the Amtrak network, as it develops a long-range National Rail Plan (NRP).

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The Toronto Transit Commission has awarded three major contracts to HDR/iTRANS for the following services:

 

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The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority will launch its first-ever Bicycle Locker Program at Tri-Rail's West Palm Beach Station, beginning on June 14. There are 18 perforated-sheet, steel lockers that will be available, designed to accommodate two bicycles per modular unit, with a diagonal divider and separate door entries on either end (providing 36 individual spaces available for use).

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The MBTA board has approved a deal that allows the state to purchase a section of railroad track to expand commuter rail service from Worcester to Boston through Ayer, but passengers won't be able to travel that route any time soon, the Telegram and Gazette reports.

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The  Adams County, Miss., Board of Supervisors wants the Miss-Lou, including Jefferson and Franklin counties, to exert as much effort as possible to save the rail line that comes from Brookhaven into the Natchez port, the Natchez Democrat reports. Board President Darryl Grennell said the supervisors will take the lead in setting up meetings with the area's federal congressional representatives to see what can be done on the federal level, and he wants representatives from the other local entities to participate.

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Officials from Union Pacific Railroad, the City of Harlingen, Texas, and Cameron County plan to reduce blocked crossings by streamlining railroad operations at the Union Pacific rail yard in downtown Harlingen.

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The Illinois Commerce Commission has given approval for the removal and replacement of a bridge over the Rock River and the Illinois Railway tracks at Morgan Street in Rockford. The existing bridge was constructed in 1916 and carries Morgan Street over the Rock River and the Illinois Railway tracks. The structure was reconstructed in 1956, but a bridge condition report issued in 2000 recommended total replacement.  Included in the proposal submitted to the Commission by the City of Rockford were plans to consolidate the Illinois Railway tracks with the Chicago, Central and Pacific Railroad line near the bridge project in order to improve safety and reduce costs to the railroads. The rail consolidation plan will also allow for the retirement of the Illinois Railway Bridge across the Rock River upstream from the Morgan Street Bridge.

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