Inc., a subsidiary of Koppers Holdings Inc., and Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Corporation have agreed to a seven-year extension of an existing
contract for railroad crossties and various other products and services. The
agreement extends the existing contract, which runs through December 31, 2010,
for an additional seven years through December 31, 2017. Revenues from BNSF
under this contract amounted to approximately $57 million in 2008.
At a ceremony in Oshawa,
Ontario, Colin Carrie, Member of Parliament for Oshawa; Oshawa Mayor John Gray,
and Mr. Pierre Santoni, VIA Rail's National Sales Director, announced VIA's
plans for a new station with improved and expanded facilities. VIA estimates
that it will invest as much as C$7 million for the new station and related
improvements from recent capital funding for VIA announced by the Government of
Canada. Of the project's total cost, $3 million will come from the government's
Economic Action Plan.
CSX Transportation has
placed RailComm's DOC® Yard Automation System into production at
their Selkirk facility in New York. RailComm's Domain Operations Controller server-based
control system provides wireless remote control from the yard tower to 48 GETS
HydraSwitchTM machine locations. The DOC® System features eNtrance
and eXit routing and stacked route planning capability, providing the tower
operator with complete control of all routes within the yard.
Plymouth, Wis., officials
say that the city is now recruiting at least three startup manufacturers
capable of creating hundreds of jobs thanks to a planned project to restore
freight rail service from Plymouth to Sheboygan Falls, the Sheboygan Press
reports. The companies, which city officials declined to name citing
confidentiality agreements, include one manufacturer that could employ up to
500 people and two others that could create 150 jobs combined - and officials
said more are expected to follow.
A nearly $850,000 million
public and private effort to connect mid-Atlantic ports to Midwest U.S.
population and manufacturing markets using double-stack trains has railroad
improvement projects scheduled for Trumbull and Mahoning counties, according to
the Warren, Ohio, Tribune Chronicle. What's going to be done locally includes
bridge replacement and other projects necessary to provide the vertical
clearance to allow train cars hauling two shipping containers stacked on top of
The Port of Seattle will
be joined by several local agencies in preserving the Eastside Rail Corridor
and placing it in public ownership. King County, Sound Transit, the City of
Redmond, Puget Sound Energy, and the Cascade Water Alliance will partner with
the port in maximizing the corridor's benefit for the region.
There was an almost
euphoric tone to the news last week when the nation's beloved sugar daddy,
Warren Buffett, sprung for the rest of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp., a
big part of Lincoln's economy, Nebraska's and the nation's, the Lincoln, Neb.,
Journal Star reports. The guys on CNBC acknowledged they just couldn't get
enough of their videos of BNSF trains chugging mightily across America's TV
screens. A hard-headed business decision can pull at least a couple of carloads
of railroad nostalgia, if the whistle is far enough away.
In the fall of 1934,
several Buffalo businessmen joined forces to create the Osmose Wood Preserving
Company of America, building on patents for a unique, non-pressurized wood
preservation. During the following 75 years, Osmose continued to advance the wood preservation science
and grew into various related divisions serving the railroad, utility and consumer
marketplaces. Close relationships with an evolving customer base encouraged
Osmose to embark on infrastructure inspection, maintenance and repair solutions
for the railroad industry.
Freight cars from Radio
Island rolled over the Newport River to Morehead City Port on Nov. 5 for the
first time since a ship knocked out the railway trestle on June 5, according to
the Sun Journal.