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Wiscasset Raceway can have Oxxfest 2010. Brunswick will host its own celebration of heavy metal on August 2, the Brunswick Times Record reports. Real heavy metal. Very heavy metal.

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The rehabilitation of the Chester Branch Railroad, a four-mile rail line extending from Wharton, N.J., and ending in Roxbury, N.J., is under way and should be completed within four to five months, county officials said, according to the Daily Record. The county Board of Freeholders in April awarded a $5.1-million contract to the firm Railroad Construction Co. Inc., of Paterson to rehabilitate the rail line, with the money coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, part of the economic stimulus package.

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Virginia and CSX Transportation have reached an agreement about how to proceed with federal stimulus spending on a new high-speed rail line between Washington and Richmond, the Washington Post reports. A framework agreement over the $75-million project has now been submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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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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