Canadian Pacific Railway
Limited appointed Edmond (Ed) Harris to the position of executive vice president
and chief operations officer. Reporting to CP President and Chief Executive
Officer Fred Green, Harris will join the company with responsibility for all
aspects of railroad operations, safety, customer service, engineering and
mechanical services in both Canada and the U.S.
Railroad and local
transportation officials have less than two days to save a $202-million train
overpass proposed in Colton, Calif., but have not announced any breakthroughs
and remain guarded regarding if an acceptable deal can be reached, The
Rail Services Inc. said that its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Wood Energy
Group, Inc., has completed the construction of a railroad tie-grinding facility
in Shreveport, La. Wood Energy, one of the nation's largest railroad tie
reclamation/energy generation companies, reclaims railroad ties for Class 1,
regional and shortline railroads and then disposes of the ties to either the
energy co-generation or landscape markets.
A track work program in
the Queens Village area and grade crossing renewals during the weekends of
April 10-11 and April 17-18 will mean no train service on the Long Island Rail
Road Hempstead Branch and train service frequency will be reduced on the Port
Jefferson/Huntington Branch. Customers should consider taking trains from South
Shore LIRR stations (Babylon, Long Beach and West Hempstead Branches) in order
to avoid delays during the two weekends.
Unitrac Railroad Materials,
Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Healey Railroad Corporation and a specialty
trackwork manufacturer and distributor of new and relay rail, has received a
three-year contract to supply special trackwork to the Washington Metropolitan
Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The amount of manufactured trackwork that will
be provided by Unitrac under this contract is valued at approximately $7.2 million
over the next three years.
Harsco Corporation said that its Harsco Rail unit has received a new railway ballast tamper order from the Brazilian market, marking another step forward in the company's strategies for expanding its service and product support within emerging market economies. Terms of the order were not disclosed.
Pacific will improve part of Iowa's transportation infrastructure with a $5.5-million
investment to its rail line that runs from Missouri Valley to Onawa, Iowa. The
project includes removing and installing nearly 48,000 ties. Crews also will
spread more than 16,500 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed and
renew the roadway surfaces at 42 crossings. The tie replacement part of the
project began April 1 and is scheduled to be completed May 1. The crossing
surface renewal projects will be completed in mid-June.
Amtrak is moving ahead
aggressively to expand and build out its existing and proven train collision
prevention safety technology-commonly known as Positive Train Control-to cover
all of the tracks it owns along the Northeast Corridor and on its Michigan Line
by the end of 2012, three years ahead of a federal deadline.
Since the 1800s railroads
have relied on a measuring stick and a trusty set of eyeballs to make sure
tracks are properly aligned, which is essential to preventing derailments. It
might be surprising, but the Chicago Transit Authority still uses that low-tech
approach on a daily basis reports Jon Hilkevitch in his column in the Chicago
WES commuter trains are now
operating more quietly in Beaverton, Ore. The Federal Railroad Administration
has approved TriMet's request to waive certain regulatory requirements relating
to WES train horns. For the SW Lombard Ave segment between SW Farmington Road
and the Beaverton Transit Center, WES trains will sound a 78-80 decibel bell at
each crossing, rather than the current 96-decibel horn.