Sierra Northern Railway
Engine No. 48 rumbles slowly down the tacks toward Watsonville, Calif. A
growling, 125-ton rolling box of steel and fuel, its form or one similar has
hauled people and goods along the 32 miles of the Santa Cruz Branch Line
railroad since 1881. Beneath it, the tracks and the land at least 20 feet on
either side are owned by Union Pacific, as old and imposing a company as you'll
find in American business. And until the Cemex cement plant in Davenport closed
down in January, Cliff Walters and Wes Swift, the engineer and conductor inside
the train, had plenty of work driving loads both north and south of Santa Cruz,
their bosses at Sierra making a modest but steady profit while turning over
lease payments in cash and services to UP like clockwork.
Caltrain will reconstruct
the East Bellevue Avenue crossing beginning at 8 a.m., Friday, May 7 and
continuing through 6 a.m., Tuesday, May 11. During that time the street will be
closed to through traffic between Claremont Street and San Mateo Drive. During
construction, electronic message boards will be used to divert east-west
traffic to Peninsula and Poplar avenues.
Customers in the
Washington, D.C., area can expect lengthy delays of up to 30 minutes May 7-9 as
old track components are replaced on the Red and Orange lines, causing inbound
and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track on portions of the rail
The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted
approval for reconstruction of a bridge to carry County Highway 8 over the Iowa
Interstate Railroad's track and to relocate an existing highway-rail grade
crossing in order to make room for the reconstructed bridge. The relocation is
near the Village of Wyanet in Bureau County. The bridge in question, which was
built in 1931 and rehabilitated in 1981, also spans the Hennepin Canal. Further
rehabilitation is not possible due to deterioration of the structure. The new
bridge will be wider and provide a safer roadway for the travelling public.
As the U.S. economy
continues to recover, CSX Corporation remains sharply focused on safety,
service and productivity, the things that have made the company successful
through a variety of economic conditions, Michael Ward, CSX chairman, president
and chief executive officer, told investors at the company's annual shareholder
Harsco Corporation said
that its Harsco Rail unit has received new orders totaling close to $6 million
for the company's innovative Drone Tamper, a new and industry-unique
configuration that enables railways to increase their track maintenance
efficiency and reduce costs.
before a Depression-era railroad power station in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Gov. Edward Rendell and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter warned May 6 that
such aging relics could imperil the region's commuter rail network and its
highways, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Two critical electrical
replacement projects will take place at the BART 24th Street/Mission Station in
San Francisco in May. For both projects, equipment removal and installation
will occur primarily overnight on weekends during non-revenue hours.
Colton, Calif., city
officials say the long-awaited Colton Crossing project would bring improvements
valued around $64 million to the city, but a critical component state
transportation officials seek still hasn't been secured, the Redlands Daily
Boston area MBTA crews will
replace signal and communications cables in the Red Line tunnel May 8-9 to
repair the damage caused by last week's fire. Up until 9 p.m. on Saturday and
Sunday, Red Line service between Broadway and Park Street Stations will be
replaced by buses. After 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the bus replacement
service will be extended to Kendall Station from Broadway.