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When people got off Illinois Central trains on South Main Street in Rockford, Ill., during the early 20th century, they were welcomed by a handsome station, a beautiful garden, a quaint cottage atop a limestone bluff and the sound of water cascading over a dam in Kent Creek, according to a column by Chuck Sweeny in the Rockford Register Star.





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Seneca Group LLC has been awarded a contract by the United States Trade and Development Agency to perform a Definitional Mission to Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan to work with government officials to develop projects in the railway sector that will generate U.S. exports.

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In a report issued at to the Metra Board of Directors at its may 14 meeting, James G. Sotos, an attorney hired by the Board to look into the possible financial improprieties by Metra Executive Director Philip Pagano, said: "This investigation revealed substantial evidence of financial irregularities and abuses carried out by a person at the highest level of Metra who, as a result of that position, was in the best position to perpetrate these acts. Other than Mr. Pagano, however, we did not find evidence of any other Metra employees seeking to enrich themselves at the public's expense. On the other hand, we believe the rigorous control of Metra implemented by Mr. Pagano, and the magnitude of his accomplishments for the company clearly created a culture of trust in and loyalty to Pagano, which seriously curtailed any realistic hope that he would be held accountable for the financial irregularities that should have been obvious to upper management personnel around him. Ironically, and tragically, it was Mr. Pagano who paid the ultimate price for the creation of that culture."

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The Alaska Railroad Corporation Board of Directors is now accepting applications for the position of president & chief executive officer of the Alaska Railroad. The president & CEO position is responsible for the day-to-day management of the affairs and ...

Eleven rail projects will restore or expand rail service and enhance safety in 10 counties with a $12.9-million state investment from PennDOT's Rail Freight Capital Budget/Transportation Assistance Program, Governor Edward G. Rendell said.

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Société de transport de Montréal must temporarily close the south entrance to Du Collège métro station so that major renovation work may be carried out from May 25 to next August 16.

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L.B. Foster Company and Portec Rail Products, Inc., said that both companies have entered into a timing agreement with the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice pursuant to which L.B. Foster and Portec Rail have agreed, subject to certain conditions, that they will not consummate L.B. Foster's acquisition of Portec Rail before July 16, 2010, without the Antitrust Division's consent.

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The new bnsf.com will be officially unveiled on Monday, May 17. The new design is the result of months of work and lays the foundation for continued improvement. Content, photos and graphics on the existing site have been reviewed and updated. New features, such as a virtual train tour, were added. An updated "Communities" section offers information about BNSF's role as a good neighbor and as a steward in protecting the environment.

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Stretching nearly four miles from east to west, the rail hub near North Baltimore will be largest CSX Transportation site for the shuffling of rail containers, the Sun Sentinel reports. Wood and Henry County officials took a tour of the sprawling site sitting on 500 acres running on the north side of Ohio 18, just outside North Baltimore.

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A $250-million Amtrak project to revive passenger service on Florida's historic east coast rail line is building steam, along with hopes it can revitalize station destinations such as Daytona Beach, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The project could re-establish passenger trains on the 350-mile route between Jacksonville and Miami, originally forged by Henry Flagler in the 1890s but discontinued in 1968 as the interstate highway system became the prominent transportation mode.

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