Latest Rail News

Two Pittsburgh-area companies that have served the railroad industry since the 1800s are competing to install 21st Century technology to prevent trains from colliding and from hitting workers on railways, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

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One of the worst rail bottlenecks on the east coast is Washington's Virginia Avenue Tunnel, Greater Greater Washington reports. While the tunnel originally carried two tracks, it was narrowed to one to allow taller and wider freight cars. With growing freight rail traffic across the United States, the century-old tunnel is in dire need of replacement.

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Federal Railway Administrator and former Riverdale, Ill., Mayor Joseph Szabo returned to the south suburbs on April 13 to tout the Obama administration's plans for a "rail renaissance" and highlight the area's potential for rail-related economic development, the Northwest Indiana Times reports.

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Up to 40 trains a day eventually could travel through Reno on Union Pacific tracks, meaning more horns waking up sleeping residents in west Reno and the west Truckee Meadows, the Gazette-Journal reports.

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Maine's Governor Baldacci has created a task force to look into saving railroad services in Aroostook County, local media report. Earlier this week, Maine lawmakers approved a bond measure that sets aside $7,000,000 to purchase and preserve about 240 miles of track in Northern Maine.

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There is a big difference between an important letter mislaid or lost (with apologies to Canada Post) and a letter that is deliberately destroyed, according to an editorial in Ontario's North Bay Nugget. There is always hope that the lost letter will turn up somewhere, at some time. The destroyed letter is gone forever unless someone made a copy.

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Construction on the Belmont Road underpass in Downers Grove, Ill., will resume in June with a two-week closure of the street, according to the Downers Grove Reporter.

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Warning signals and gates are expected to be guarding Annandale's increasingly busy South Poplar Lane railroad crossing within a year, The Annadale Advocate reports. The Annandale City Council approved an agreement with the Canadian Pacific Railway and the state of Minnesota to install the system at its regular meeting.

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Officials say rust gathering on Norfolk, Va., Light Rail tracks is not a problem, local media report. The sight is concerning some people, especially since Norfolk's Light Rail project is over budget and behind schedule.

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On Saturday, April 24, and Sunday, April 25, regular Metrolink San Bernardino Line weekend service will be replaced by a temporary schedule for the installation of the pedestrian underpass at Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., station.

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