Railway Track & Structures Names Editorial Board

ATLANTA – Railway Track & Structures is pleased to announce the appointment of an Editorial Board comprised of industry experts. While I, as Editor-in-Chief and Jennifer McLawhorn, as Managing Editor, will be responsible for the content and production of RT&S our Editorial Board will provide guidance and support to make RT&S more useful to our readers and the railroad industry.

South Shore set to resume service east of Gary in 2024

CHESTERTON, Ind. – For the past two years, the South Shore Commuter Line, formally known as the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, or NICTD has been working on double-tracking its line between Michigan City and Gary, Ind.

Roanoke’s storied N&W locomotive shops seeing new use – Genesis Rail Services II moves in

ROANOKE – Norfolk Southern’s (née Norfolk & Western’s) locomotive shops in Roanoke, Va., originally known as the Roanoke Machine Works was the city’s largest employer and manufactured some of the best, most advanced steam locomotives to ride the rails.

Commentary: State and Federal Government: Get Your Act Together on Short Lines 

RT&S JULY 2023 ISSUE – The short line industry is being battered about these days by proposed federal legislation that is slow to move and overly aggressive state legislation that borders on being laughable.

Editor’s Notebook: Railroad Heritage

RT&S JULY 2023 ISSUE – If you are a regular reader of our sister magazine, Railway Age, you likely read editor Bill Vantuono’s note on page 2 of the June issue that Railway Age and Railway Track & Structures have entered a new partnership with the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) to present the “Outstanding Railroad Historic Preservation Award.”

Full Pacific Surfliner Service Set to Resume Through San Clemente

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. Daily Pacific Surfliner service through San Clemente will resume starting Monday, July 17.

RT&S: Women in Railroad Engineering 2023

RT&S, JULY 2023 ISSUE – Setting the Example: Bringing technical expertise and hard work to rail engineering.

Hudson Tunnel Project To Receive $6.88 Billion Federal Grant

NEWARK, N.J. and NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Gateway Development Commission (GDC) announced last week that the Hudson Tunnel Project has entered the Engineering Phase of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program and that the FTA had updated the project to receive an up to a $6.88 Billion CIG Program grant.

Amtrak Service Between Philadelphia and New York Delayed Due To Overhead Power Issue

WASHINGTON – Amtrak service on the Northeast Corridor was delayed this morning due to an issue with overhead power.

New Jersey Receives Three Federal Grants Associated With Gateway Tunnel Project

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded grants to the state of New Jersey to assist with projects associated with work on the New Jersey side of the Gateway Tunnel Project.

Penn Station vs. Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK – It is generally agreed that one of the major indignities hurled at railroad history and American architectural history is the destruction of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Pennsylvania Station in 1963.

Digital Edition of July RT&S Now Online

ATLANTA – The digital edition of the July issue of Railway Track & Structures is now online.

Tracks May be Lowered in Carlsbad

CARLSBAD, Calif. – The Carlsbad City Council is going to contribute $5.2 million toward a project to trench and double-track the railroad through Carlsbad Village.

NTSB Issues Final Report on CTA Employee Fatality

CHICAGO – The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its Final Report on a Chicago Transit Authority employee fatality.

Metra Said Tie Work Will Delay Midday Trains

CHICAGO – Metra announced this week that Union Pacific tie work will delay some trains by 30 minutes.

Ontario Taking Next Steps to Extend GO Service to Bowmanville

WHITBY – The Ontario government has awarded a contract to advance planning to extend GO train service to Bowmanville, marking another milestone in the province’s plan to deliver more transit options, connect communities and save families time and money in Durham Region and across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

Will Short Lines Continue to Swing In The Wind? RT&S Commentary

WASHINGTON – A little over a week ago, RT&S reported that Representative Byron Donalds (R-FL) reintroduced H.R. 3782 – The Short Line Railroad Relief Act with several of his colleagues. This legislation authorizes the establishment of a disaster relief program to provide much-needed immediate financial assistance to our nation’s short line railroads.

Nature’s Fury – Extreme Weather Can Ruin a Railroader’s Day

ATLANTA – A major challenge for the railroad industry is that it operates outside. Railroads build, own, and maintain their infrastructure, and when bad weather hits, it’s up to them to plan for and deal with it with their personnel and money.

South Carolina Lawmakers Fund Rail Line to Volvo Plant

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. – After years of delays, the South Carolina legislature has approved funding for a Palmetto Railways extension to a Volvo plant in Ridgeville.

OCTA Board Declares Rail Emergency to Take Necessary Actions to Protect and Reopen Track through San Clemente

ORANGE, Calif. – The geologic problems along the rail line at San Clemente seem to be getting worse. OCTA has now declared a Rail Emergency.