Latest Rail News

The main railroad between Memphis and Nashville has been knocked out of service, as the flood damaged five bridges along the route, the Tennessean reports. The Memphis line has been shut down since May 2, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and CSX Transportation, the line's owner. Workers were assessing damage, but the flood appears to have washed out two bridges over the Harpeth River and rendered three others unusable.

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Sierra Northern Railway Engine No. 48 rumbles slowly down the tacks toward Watsonville, Calif. A growling, 125-ton rolling box of steel and fuel, its form or one similar has hauled people and goods along the 32 miles of the Santa Cruz Branch Line railroad since 1881. Beneath it, the tracks and the land at least 20 feet on either side are owned by Union Pacific, as old and imposing a company as you'll find in American business. And until the Cemex cement plant in Davenport closed down in January, Cliff Walters and Wes Swift, the engineer and conductor inside the train, had plenty of work driving loads both north and south of Santa Cruz, their bosses at Sierra making a modest but steady profit while turning over lease payments in cash and services to UP like clockwork.

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Caltrain will reconstruct the East Bellevue Avenue crossing beginning at 8 a.m., Friday, May 7 and continuing through 6 a.m., Tuesday, May 11. During that time the street will be closed to through traffic between Claremont Street and San Mateo Drive. During construction, electronic message boards will be used to divert east-west traffic to Peninsula and Poplar avenues.

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Customers in the Washington, D.C., area can expect lengthy delays of up to 30 minutes May 7-9 as old track components are replaced on the Red and Orange lines, causing inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track on portions of the rail system. 



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The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted approval for reconstruction of a bridge to carry County Highway 8 over the Iowa Interstate Railroad's track and to relocate an existing highway-rail grade crossing in order to make room for the reconstructed bridge. The relocation is near the Village of Wyanet in Bureau County. The bridge in question, which was built in 1931 and rehabilitated in 1981, also spans the Hennepin Canal. Further rehabilitation is not possible due to deterioration of the structure. The new bridge will be wider and provide a safer roadway for the travelling public.

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As the U.S. economy continues to recover, CSX Corporation remains sharply focused on safety, service and productivity, the things that have made the company successful through a variety of economic conditions, Michael Ward, CSX chairman, president and chief executive officer, told investors at the company's annual shareholder meeting.

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Harsco Corporation said that its Harsco Rail unit has received new orders totaling close to $6 million for the company's innovative Drone Tamper, a new and industry-unique configuration that enables railways to increase their track maintenance efficiency and reduce costs.

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Standing before a Depression-era railroad power station in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter warned May 6 that such aging relics could imperil the region's commuter rail network and its highways, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

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Two critical electrical replacement projects will take place at the BART 24th Street/Mission Station in San Francisco in May. For both projects, equipment removal and installation will occur primarily overnight on weekends during non-revenue hours.

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Colton, Calif., city officials say the long-awaited Colton Crossing project would bring improvements valued around $64 million to the city, but a critical component state transportation officials seek still hasn't been secured, the Redlands Daily Facts reports.

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