Latest Rail News

Starting July 12, nearly two-dozen weekday trains on the Metra BNSF Line between Chicago and Aurora, Ill., will see minor schedule changes to accommodate a major construction project and/or to make the schedules more reliable. In most cases, the trains will have slightly later or, in a few instances, slightly earlier departure times from some or all stations. Some of the changes will result in a slightly longer overall trip, but in other cases the total run time will not be affected.

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Nearly two decades after the Chicago and North Western Railroad closed up shop in Chadron, Neb., a new railroad company is bringing the Chadron rail-yards, and the railroad roundhouse back to life, the Chadron Record reports. And principals in the new company say they see tremendous potential for niche railroad services in the community, based on the community's location near a main BNSF rail line, and the presence of a roundhouse that can handle repair and refurbishing of large railroad equipment.

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East County residents will be riding eBART before they know it. eBART is the 10-mile BART extension eastward from the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART Station to a station near Hillcrest Avenue. Construction begins this fall and will coincide with the widening of State Highway 4. eBART and Highway 4 will finish together in 2015, offering faster travel time on both the highway and the train.


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Norfolk Southern contract crews have set up warning signs, and one of Bluefield, W. Va.'s bridges that traverses the NS main line in the city's East End will be coming down within the next two weeks
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the Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports.

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As the state has not yet negotiated a deal to purchase the tracks, the federal Surface Transportation Board will hold a public hearing in Presque Isle on July 7 to allow interested parties to comment on Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway's application to abandon the 233 miles of tracks that run through Aroostook and Penobscot counties, the Bangor Daily News reports.

 

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Charlie Brown stood behind the bar at the dark, dusty Whistling Post Tavern on June 30, rag in hand, updating his patrons on the latest local news, local newspapers report.

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Canadian Pacific marks a significant milestone this year as it celebrates the 125th Anniversary of the driving of the Last Spike, which signaled the completion of Canada's first transcontinental railroad. In celebration of this anniversary, CP presented the first of its archives Legacy gifts to the Banff Whyte Museum.

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BART and Caltrans will need to close a portion of eastbound Interstate 580 in the Dublin/Pleasanton area beginning 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, through 9 a.m. Sunday, July 11. Off-ramps from eastbound I-580 to northbound and southbound Interstate 680 will also be closed. These closures are necessary to accommodate construction crews as they install bridges perpendicular to the highway, which will provide access to the new West Dublin/Pleasanton Station.


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Ingleside Civic League president Phillip Hawkins points to a rut with his shoe along the light rail tracks that run in front of his home. He's less than thrilled his neighborhood is about to be inconvenienced again, Norfolk, Va.'s WAVY reports. Starting July 6, crews will rip out the light rail crossing at Ingleside and Mississippi and replace it. The same will happen at the Bristol and Curlew Dr crossing. 
WAVY learned the concrete panels settled causing the tracks to move.

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Work on an important part of a new east-west highway corridor across south Renton, Wash., that will help ease congestion could begin in spring 2012, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reports. Key players in the project, including Renton, Tukwila, Boeing, BNSF and Sound Transit, recently held a high-level meeting on the project, known as the Southwest 27th/Strander Boulevard Connection.

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