Latest Rail News

The Pacific Rim Railway Company has withdrawn its notice of intent to buy the Keokuk-Hamilton railroad bridge that is used by the Keokuk Junction Railway, the Daily Gate City reports. The notice was filed with the Surface Transportation Board. However, Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion says Craig Burroughs of Pacific Rim Railway Company still is interested in buying the bridge.

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The stalled economy offered Boise, Idaho, one silver lining: $915,349 in lease payments from Union Pacific for storing its idle cars on the city's idle railroad track, the Idaho Statesman reports.

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The three members of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board expressed disappointment with Canadian National Railway Co. officials at last week's hearing regarding discrepancies in the company's reporting of blocked crossings on the Elgin, Eastern & Joliet Railroad, the Barrington, Ill., Courier Review reports. The hearing was held after an independent audit discovered there were 1,457 incidents of railroad crossings being blocked for 10 minutes or more by trains on the EJ&E in November and December 2009. CN reported to the transportation board that there were only 14 incidents.

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Union Pacific will improve part of Illinois' transportation infrastructure with a nearly $22-million investment to its rail line that runs from Dupo to near Fults, Ill. The projects include installing nearly 48 miles of new rail, replacing six switches and renewing the surfaces in 89 road crossings. 

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Los Angeles Metro will hold a public hearing on a draft $3.75-billion budget for Fiscal Year 2010-11 on May 19 at Metro Headquarters next to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. The public can view copies of the budget proposal at Metro.net or request a copy. Metro directors will consider adopting the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010, at their May 27 meeting.

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A First Hill Streetcar route on Broadway was unanimously approved May 3 by the Seattle City Council, The Seattle Times reports. The $130-million line is to open in 2013, connecting the International District/Chinatown light-rail station to the train station on Capitol Hill scheduled to open in 2016. A short loop will pass King Street Station and Pioneer Square.

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Invensys Rail has been awarded a 48-million-pound (approximately $72.6-million) contract by Network Rail for the Paisley Corridor project in Scotland, the latest in a series of recent wins for the company in the UK.

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Prover Technology, a world leader in signaling design automation, has received an order for delivering a Prover iLock solution for development and checking of interlocking systems from Canadian Pacific. The Prover iLock solution will automate code generation, formal safety verification and functional testing of interlocking system software for platforms Microlok(R) II, ElectroLogIXS and VHLC. The order includes licensing of a PiSPEC specification library for AREMA-based signaling principles, which will be used together with the Prover iLock solution for CP.

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Progress Rail Leasing Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Progress Rail, has announced its acquisition of FCM Rail located in Fenton, MI. The acquisition strengthens Progress Rail's position in the MOW industry by expanding its service offerings. Details of the transaction were not discl ...

investments in America's freight rail system would create thousands of green jobs, improve the country's infrastructure, reduce dependence on foreign oil and lower carbon emissions, according to a new report released today by the BlueGreen Alliance and the Economic Policy Institute.

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