Consider it a
housewarming party of sorts. The Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
showed off a newly rebuilt, 30-mile stretch of line to Rochester-area
government officials , according to the Rochester, Minn., Post-Bulletin. And
what better way to see the new tracks than from the upholstered comfort of one
of DM&E's Pullman passenger cars?
HJ Skelton (Canada) Ltd. was
award a contact from Stacey & Witbeck for the supply of all the special
trackwork and associated switch machines for the Portland Streetcar Loop
Extension. Encompassing a total of 3.3 miles and serving the Eastern half of
Portland Central City, this extension will utilize a combination of Ri59/59R1
and the low profile R152/51R1, rail sections.
4, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will reach
another milestone as it begins the pre-revenue testing phase before the opening
of the six-mile extension of the Metro Gold Line to East Los Angeles, which is
expected this fall.
Residents, commuters and
businesses in Chicago's West Loop, which has undergone a transformation from
primarily a manufacturing district 15 years ago to a vibrant neighborhood with
condos, town homes, arty shops and hip bars, are looking forward to a new
elevated train station, the Chicago Tribune reports. Allyson Holleb, owner of a
handbag shop near the proposed Chicago Transit Authority station at Lake and
Morgan Streets, hopes it will bring even more people to the neighborhood.
Construction could be a nightmare, she said, but it would be worth it to get a
An inaugural train set to
usher in new intercity rail service in Virginia will stop Sept. 30 in Manassas,
local media report. The train, billed as taking a whistle stop tour, will leave
Washington's Union Station at 8:30 a.m. bound for Lynchburg. It is scheduled to
arrive in Old Town Manassas at 11:40 a.m.
In just 96 hours recently,
the BNSF engineering team completed several projects on the Lafayette
Subdivision in Louisiana, according to the company newsletter. Considered an
engineering "blitz," the team aimed to maximize track work and minimize
disruption for community members, all while making sure safety was a top
priority. The work window was granted from 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21, through 6
a.m. Friday, Sept. 25.
L.B. Foster Company of Pittsburgh
has been awarded a contract to supply direct fixation fasteners and bonded
insulated joints for the first phase of the new Dallas Area Rapid Transit
(DART) Orange Line from the city center of Dallas to Irving, Texas. L.B. Foster
is coordinating product shipments to the Northwest Corridor Expansion project
to meet the scheduling requirements of the general contractor joint venture,
Kiewit/Stacy and Witbeck/Reyes/Parsons Corporation.
Iowa Governor Chet Culver joined
Congressman Bruce Braley in Waterloo to reopen the Iowa Northern Railway
bridge, a freight line that was damaged when the Cedar River flooded in 2008.
The reconstruction project is funded through $1 million in Culver/Judge I-JOBS
funds, and $2.1 million in federal railroad funds, secured by Congressman
Braley. The bridge is completely repaired except for the laying of the tracks.
The OneRail Coalition
last week sent a letter (see below) to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman
Patty Murray urging increased support for railroad investment in H.R. 3288, the
FY2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill.