Latest Rail News

Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, said West Coast Machinery, based in Abbotsford, B.C., will serve IMT customers throughout British Columbia.

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Working ahead of schedule, on May 25 CSX Transportation plans to re-open its Memphis-Nashville line that was heavily damaged by severe flooding earlier this month, company officials said.

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Los Angeles Metro CEO Art Leahy said the agency appointed Chief Operations Officer Colonus "Lonnie" Mitchell to the position he has held on an interim basis since December 2009 and hired architect and urban planner Martha Welborne to the Authority's top planning job..

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Businesses and residents in Norfolk's Freemason Historic District got some good news last week - major light rail construction that caused confusion and detours is complete, local media report.

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MTA Long Island Rail Road President Helena Williams and Babylon Mayor Ralph Scordino and other public officials broke ground today on a new $25.5 million train wash facility located in the Village of Babylon. The project, which promises to create between 20 and 30 construction jobs, is being financed with federal stimulus funds through the Federal Transit Administration. The Babylon Train Wash Facility was selected by Governor David Paterson and the MTA as a shovel-ready project that represented the best use of federal stimulus funds.

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The railroad responsible for maintaining the rails in and near the Fox Cities in Wisconsin will fix or replace 11 crossings in and near the Fox Cities, including the two deemed worst of the bunch by Post-Crescent readers in April, the Appleton Post-Crescent reports.

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The Andersons, Inc., and the Iowa Northern Railway Company said that The Andersons, Inc., recently made a significant minority investment in the railway company and its subsidiaries. The investment is expected to be accretive to earnings this year.

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Seattle City Light will be upgrading power lines in Capitol Hill during the next year to increase their power capacity. The work is designed to meet local power needs, improve reliability, and provide electricity to the Sound Transit light rail station now under construction.

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The Metro Board of Commissioners for the St. Louis area approved an operating budget of $232.4 million for Fiscal Year 2011 that includes funds to restore transit services that were cut in 2009. The budget also includes freezes on salaries and hiring and reductions to expenditures across the board.

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County transportation leaders may need to postpone $5 million in scheduled repairs for the 32-mile local rail line that would occur soon after officials sign off on the pending purchase because of financing problems that still shadow the acquisition, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reports.

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