Latest Rail News

Efforts to save a $202-million railroad overpass in Colton, Calif., are on track, but an agreement between two railroads and local officials faces a high bar when a state commission will decide if the agreement shows the public will benefit enough, The Press-Enterprise reports.

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A borrowing package that includes money to preserve a railroad that's seen as a lifeline to industry in struggling northern Maine was denied final approval by the state Senate late April 7, local newspapers report. As lawmakers worked toward the 2010 session's end, senators debated the $85-million bond package at length before voting 19-16 along party lines for it. But Democrats failed to muster the two-thirds majority they needed to send the bonds to voters. The House earlier gave its final approval by a 100-48 vote.

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Leon Benoit, MP for Vegreville-Wainright, announced that the Government of Canada is trying to make access to markets easier and will be providing $59,500 in grant funding to the Battle River Railway New Generation Co-op that is headed by Daysland, Alberta, resident Ken Eshpeter, the Camrose Canadian reports. The federal contribution will be used by the co-op to acquire a short line railroad.

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The Federal Railroad Administration will soon begin accepting grant applications for the deployment of positive train control collision avoidance systems and complementary advanced technologies under a new $50-million Rail Safety Technology Program, FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo said.

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Lake Zurich, Ill., officials have formalized the land exchange with Canadian National Railway as part of plans to build a 270-foot communications tower, the Daily Herald reports. Construction is under way on the tower, which will be used to monitor rail traffic. The negotiations were to replace the original tower site near downtown.

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SEPTA issued the following statement: The rejection by the U.S. Department of Transportation of Pennsylvania's planned funding of highway and public transit will create a deep and long lasting effect on many major SEPTA projects.

 

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Canadian Pacific Railway Limited appointed Edmond (Ed) Harris to the position of executive vice president and chief operations officer. Reporting to CP President and Chief Executive Officer Fred Green, Harris will join the company with responsibility for all aspects of railroad operations, safety, customer service, engineering and mechanical services in both Canada and the U.S.

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Railroad and local transportation officials have less than two days to save a $202-million train overpass proposed in Colton, Calif., but have not announced any breakthroughs and remain guarded regarding if an acceptable deal can be reached, The Press-Enterprise reports.

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Banyan Rail Services Inc. said that its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Wood Energy Group, Inc., has completed the construction of a railroad tie-grinding facility in Shreveport, La. Wood Energy, one of the nation's largest railroad tie reclamation/energy generation companies, reclaims railroad ties for Class 1, regional and shortline railroads and then disposes of the ties to either the energy co-generation or landscape markets.

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A track work program in the Queens Village area and grade crossing renewals during the weekends of April 10-11 and April 17-18 will mean no train service on the Long Island Rail Road Hempstead Branch and train service frequency will be reduced on the Port Jefferson/Huntington Branch. Customers should consider taking trains from South Shore LIRR stations (Babylon, Long Beach and West Hempstead Branches) in order to avoid delays during the two weekends.

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