Latest Rail News

BNSF is replacing sections of old track between Pasco and Yakima, Wash., local newspapers report. The $3-million project, which started earlier this week, will help rehabilitate about 10 miles of track, said BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas.

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By now, those of us who usually drive between Sauk Trail and Indianwood Boulevard on Orchard Drive in Park Forest have found new ways to get from here to there, according to a column by Jerry Schnay in the Southtown Star. The village is replacing sewer pipes in the area, the start of a three-year project that will eventually result in the complete renovation of Orchard Drive, including a center turn lane north of Lakewood Boulevard and two left-turn lanes at the intersection of U.S. 30 at the north end of town.

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New Orleans transit planners hope to expand streetcar service to the North Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue corridor, Loyola Avenue and Convention Center Boulevard, The Times-Picayune reports. Armed with a $212-million financing plan for three new streetcar lines that includes substantial local investment, Regional Transit Authority officials are hopeful that federal officials will look kindly on the ambitious project and agree to pick up more than half its cost.

 

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If you're waiting on a train in Southwest Florida, you might have a long wait - and when it does arrive, it'll be murder, reports the Naples News. The most consistent rail service south of Arcadia is on the Seminole Gulf Railway Murder Mystery Dinner Train. Those trips run a loop north from a station near Colonial Boulevard and Metro Parkway to about the Charlotte County line five nights a week.

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The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted approval for the installation of automatic flashing light signals and gates at the Triumph Road grade crossing of Dakota Minnesota & Eastern track near Leaf River, Ogle County. The total estimated cost to install the new automatic warning devices is $162,363. The Grade Crossing Protection Fund will be used to pay 95 percent of the warning device installation costs, not to exceed $154,245. DM&E will pay all remaining installation costs, as well as all future operating and maintenance costs. 

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Navistar International Corporation and Caterpillar Inc. closed a joint venture transaction resulting in a new company, NC2 Global LLC, to serve the global commercial truck market.  Navistar and Caterpillar first announced plans to form a joint venture in June 2008 and have identified the leadership team of the new entity that will establish its headquarters in the Chicago area.

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Although construction work continues, on Saturday afternoon, September 12, CTA customers entering and exiting the Fullerton station served by the Red, Brown and Purple lines will begin using the new station entrance located approximately 75 feet west of the existing temporary entrance. The temporary entrance was opened in October 2006 to allow crews to relocate the historic stationhouse to the north side of Fullerton Parkway and build the new station in its place.

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CN celebrated the official opening of its new C$14-million Toronto Automotive Compound at MacMillan Yard north of Toronto. The new facility's track layout will accommodate the unloading of 60 auto-carrying rail cars at once, compared with 27 unloading spots at the former compound at Mac Yard, and will have room to park up to 4,500 vehicles. A planned phase two expansion of the compound will provide parking for 6,000 cars and/or trucks.

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The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection has tentatively approved Amtrak's application to replace the Niantic River Bridge, bringing the railroad one step closer to getting all the permits it needs, according to The Day.

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The look of Norfolk's light-rail starter line, scheduled to open in about a year, is starting to take shape, The Virginian-Pilot reports. Stations have been designed. Electrical poles and wires are going up. The pavement around embedded rail has been dyed red.

 

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