Latest Rail News

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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Iowa Another $4 million has been included in a federal appropriations bill to replace the BNSF bridge over the Mississippi River at Fort Madison, The Hawk Eye Website reports. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-2nd District, said the money will come from the 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations bill to repair and rebuild vital infrastructure in the district.

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In its ongoing effort to enhance public safety, Metrolink Board Chair Keith Millhouse announced that the agency has activated Automatic Train Stop technology at an additional 49 priority locations throughout its rail system. This ATS installation will expand the number of locations of ATS inductors to 105 on Metrolink routes in Orange County, San Gabriel Valley, Antelope Valley and Ventura County. The new installations are also compatible with the Pacific Surfliner ATS-equipped Intercity trains that operate on the Metrolink system. Metrolink received expedited approval from the Federal Railroad Administration for the expanded ATS program as another important safety measure while the commuter rail service continues to accelerate the development and deployment of Positive Train Control in Southern California.

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The National Gateway initiative will spur thousands of employment opportunities throughout the Midwest and East Coast, creating growth and building the nation's economic competitiveness. The National Gateway is an $842-million, multi-state public-private infrastructure initiative that will create a more efficient freight rail route between Mid-Atlantic ports and Midwestern markets. Planned improvements that will create job opportunities include raising bridges, increasing tunnel clearances and building new terminals along existing rail corridors to support the movement of double-stacked containers on rail cars.

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