Latest Rail News

Steve Weber has been named Vice President of Engineering for Nordco, Inc., where he will focus on the development of new products. Weber's extensive experience includes both development of new product lines and maintenance of existing products. His most recent position prior to joining Nordco was in the outdoor power equipment industry.

 


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Labrador Iron Mines Holdings Limited has signed a Rail Co-operation Agreement with New Millennium Capital Corp. regarding the reconstruction of the "Timmins Extension" rail spur line that will run from the TSH Railroad main rail line near Schefferville, Quebec, approximately 2.5 miles to LIM's planned processing center at Silver Yards and on a further approximately 13 miles to NML's planned processing center at the Timmins mining area.

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On Oct. 26, Secretary Ray LaHood convened the first meeting of a newly created U.S. Department of Transportation Safety Council formed to tackle critical transportation safety issues facing the department's 10 operating administrations.

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Front Royal, Va., Councilman N. Shae Parker verbally blasted representatives of Norfolk Southern over the firm's proposal that will involve the use of explosives for a construction project, according to local newspapers. The railroad is offering to pay Front Royal $160,000 in exchange for vacation of a portion of Depot Avenue and the acquisition of a temporary construction easement on a 100-foot wide strip of town property.

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The South Shore in northwest Indiana is alerting passengers to the last in a series of planned temporary weekend construction outages. The fifth and final 2009 weekend outage is scheduled for October 31 - November 2, 2009.  South Shore trains will not operate in either direction between South Bend and Gary Metro Center beginning 2:30 a.m. Saturday, October 31, thru 3:00 a.m. Monday, November 2.

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Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern introduced Gulf Coast Flyer, a rail service for the safe transport of chemicals between the Union Pacific-served southern Texas and Louisiana regions and Norfolk Southern destinations across the northeastern and southeastern United States.

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RailComm has been selected to provide a wireless remote control yard system at CSX Transportation's Willard Yard in Ohio. The proposed control system will interface to the existing control and communications network. Existing field devices and communications will be utilized and interfaced to the new central control system.


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The Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation in Vancouver, B.C., has approved a transportation plan ‘supplement' that will generate $130 million in new annual revenue, allowing TransLink to maintain road and transit operations at current levels. The decision will put further expansion of the transportation system on hold for the time being.

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Major signal and switch modernization work being performed in Valley Stream by the MTA Long Island Rail Road progressed on schedule, and the LIRR had a normal morning rush hour on October 26. On Oct. 25, the LIRR posted a video update on Facebook and YouTube that illustrates the behind-the-scenes efforts undertaken by LIRR employees this weekend to modernize the LIRR.

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Passenger- and freight-railroad operators are pressing the White House to scale back proposed rules that would mandate billions in new safety hardware to prevent collisions, warning that the financial burden could lead to cuts in passenger-train service instead of the expansion President Barack Obama wants, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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