Latest Rail News

Bayer MaterialScience AG has acquired the worldwide marketing and usage rights for the DURFLEX® track superstructure system from Hyperion Verwaltung GmbH, Frankfurt/Main, Germany. The two companies have signed an agreement to this effect. Financial details have not been disclosed. The superstructure system stabilizes the ballast stones under rail tracks, thus enabling more cost-effective railroad operation in the long term. It is based on the flexible Bayflex® polyurethane foam system from Bayer MaterialScience.

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn visited Moline, Ill, Jan. 30 to announce $45 million in state capital funds to establish passenger rail service from Chicago to the Quad Cities. The new service will result in up to 825 new jobs, including 440 construction jobs.

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Infotech Enterprises Limited, a global technology solutions provider with headquarters in Hyderabad, India, said its wholly-owned subsidiary Infotech Enterprises America Inc., acquired Daxcon Engineering Inc. located in Peoria, Ill.


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In February, in addition to the Presidents Day holiday weekend closure of the Rosslyn and Arlington Cemetery Metrorail stations on the Orange and Blue Line, Washington, D.C., Metro will replace fasteners and weld rail that will help ensure reliable Metrorail service. Customers should expect travel delays during the weekends of Feb. 5-7, Feb. 12-15, Feb. 19-21 and Feb. 26-28.





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New Lenox, Ill., Mayor Tim Baldermann is "confident" that he soon will be talking to Canadian National Railway officials before the village's battle against the company reaches the courts, the Southtown Star reports.

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The steel railroad bridge crossing high above Alhambra Avenue in Martinez, Calif., is known to local train buffs as both the Muir Trestle and Alhambra Trestle. Owned and operated by BNSF, the trestle has long been a recognizable Martinez landmark, and lately a conversation has resurfaced among local denizens about the trestle's appearance, the Martinez News-Gazette reports. Splotched with large patches of rust in between its fading gray paint, the structure is in need of a face-lift.

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The Alaska Railroad invites the public to an open house February 19 in Seward to provide an opportunity to review and comment on a proposed Program of Projects for 2010. Open House displays are open to the public and will be set up in the inn's Mount Marathon meeting room. Displays will showcase continuing and proposed capital improvement projects that are in various stages - from conceptual planning to engineering and construction.

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The CREATE Partners said that the CREATE Program will receive $133 million as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for a critical rail/rail flyover near 63rd and State Streets in the Englewood community on the south side of Chicago. The flyover will carry the north-south Metra Rock Island commuter rail line over the east-west Norfolk Southern/Amtrak line, eliminating conflict between 78 Metra Rock Island trains and approximately 60 freight and Amtrak trains that presently cross at grade each day.

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HNTB Corporation and HNTB Holdings Ltd. named Peter Gertler a senior vice president. Gertler, who leads the firm's high-speed rail services group, is located in the firm's Oakland, Calif., office. Gertler has 23 years of experience in public transportation and program management, including conventional and high-speed rail across the United States and around the world.

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Stressing the importance of its intercity passenger rail service in Michigan, Amtrak said it will perform a high-speed rail improvement study that will focus on determining what infrastructure upgrades are needed to provide 110 mph train service on the Norfolk Southern-owned rail corridor between Kalamazoo and Detroit.

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