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The Jo-Carroll Depot Local Redevelopment Authority agreed to give Riverport Railroad a three-year option to buy a 400-acre industrial park at the former Savanna Army Depot 20 miles north of Thomson Correctional Center, Executive Director Diane M. Komiskey, local media report.

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Police and firefighters are investigating what appears to be an intentionally set blaze that damaged one and destroyed another railroad track repair vehicle, the Dayton, Ohio, Daily News reports. It took firefighters less than 20 minutes about 5:40 a.m. Feb. 3, to get the fires under control along the railroad tracks near 506 E. Xenia Ave., according to reports.

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Drivers will spend less time waiting for trains to pass as Union Pacific increases the speed of its trains on the rail line that parallels State Highway 279 in Malvern, Ark. The train speed limit will increase from 35 miles per hour to 60 mph on nearly two miles of track that crosses Banks, Babcock and Cabe Streets.


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U.S. Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.) gathered state, municipal and Congressional representatives and other stakeholders of the U.S. Northeast Corridor (NEC) to help relaunch an effort to bring high-speed passenger rail service to the region. Attending the meeting were various officials and representatives from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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The top transit official for President Barack Obama's administration will be in Denver Feb. 5 announcing major funding for the FasTracks project, the Denver Business Journal reports. Peter Rogoff, head of the Federal Transit Administration, is to join U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and Phil Washington, the head of the Regional Transportation District, at Denver Union Station on Friday afternoon.

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Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway said that it has filed a "Notice of Intent" with the Surface Transportation Board to abandon certain of its lines. This notice is required by the STB as a preliminary step in the abandonment process. MMA continues to provide regular rail service and is continuing to work with Maine DOT in order to find a solution that would permit continued rail operations on these lines.

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A rusty Missouri River railroad bridge that came to symbolize the battle between historical tourism and modern transportation has been saved from demolition due largely to federal stimulus funds, local newspapers report. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Union Pacific has agreed to give the old bridge to the central Missouri city of Boonville, which hopes to convert it for use by hikers and bikers on the Katy Trail State Park.

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Stella-Jones Inc. said that it has received early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 in connection with its proposed acquisition of Tangent Rail Corporation.

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Cong. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) said that a railroad quiet zone eliminating the sounding of train horns except in emergencies is expected to take effect in Oak Lawn, Ill., on Wednesday, Feb. 17, the Southwest News-Herald reports.

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The Belt Railway Company of Chicago is now a subscriber to e-RAILSAFE ShortLine, a unique workforce management service from e-VERIFILE.COM Inc. that assists shortline and regional railroad operators with workplace safety/security management.

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