Latest Rail News

The Northwest Maintenance Railway Club named Tom Swalboski of Stanley Railroad Product its Supplier of the Year for 2010. In naming Swalboski the third recipient of this annual award, NWMRC stated "Tom exemplifies a commitment to the railroad industry and has been an active member of the NWMRC for more than15 years."


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Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the senior Northeastern Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Congressman Jose Serrano and Councilman Michael Nelson for the City's unveiling of the its new comprehensive waterfront plan.

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Saskatchewan shortline railways, which primarily serve grain producers, will receive C$500,000 for this year's infrastructure grants to assist them with projects such as track maintenance, railway tie replacements and bridge repairs.

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Engineering firm Stantec is designing a new signaling system for a portion of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system in Dallas, Texas. The new system is part of the construction of the new Lake Highland station along the light rail's Blue Line between downtown Dallas and Garland.

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MTA New York City Transit officials said that real-time train arrival countdown clocks or message screens are now operational and being tested at several stations along the 2 3 lines in Brooklyn. Funded by the 2000 - 2004 MTA Capital Program, the PA/CIS system is now in the process of being activated for customer use at stations along the IRT or numbered lines (123456) system-wide. PA/CIS offers subway customers audio and visual train arrival information. The expansion of the screens to Brooklyn follows the successful rollout of similar message boards at eleven stations in the Bronx along the Pelham 6 line.

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Planning for a proposed pedestrian railway underpass at Goshen College in Goshen, Ind., is back on after it recently hit a slowdown, local media report.

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When some of Amtrak's taller, double-decker trains pass underneath the 1917 railroad overpass on Courthouse Road in Fredericksburg, Va., the clearance is extremely tight, the Fredricksburg Free Lance-Star reports The distance between the train and the bridge can be measured in inches, said Rob Shackelford, Virginia Department of Transportation area construction engineer.

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Due to scheduled bridge maintenance that will be performed between Morton Grove and Golf, Ill., on April 17, Metra Milwaukee District North Line train #2627 passengers will be bused from Morton Grove to Golf. Passengers will detrain at Morton Grove and board a bus that will bring them to waiting equipment at the Golf Station. Train #2627 is scheduled to depart Chicago at 12:25 a.m. and arrive Morton Grove at 12:55 a.m. and Golf at 12:58 a.m.


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Parsons Brinckerhoff is expanding its operations in Canada and will co-locate with Balfour Beatty Capital, which opened its Balfour Beatty Capital-Canada office in 2009 in Toronto. Both companies are part of Balfour Beatty plc. Parsons Brinckerhoff, founded in New York City in 1885, is the professional services division of Balfour Beatty. Balfour Beatty Capital, headquartered in Pennsylvania, is a developer, sponsor and operator of public infrastructure projects.

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Gary Newgard and Mary Schofield Nowee have been named senior supervising architects in the San Francisco office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, planning, engineering and program/construction management organization.

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