NS Engineering Teams Broke Records for Laying Rail

ATLANTA – Norfolk Southern commends the work of its Capital Production Gangs for laying 556 miles of Program Rail.

Examining Autonomous Track Geometry Testing and Instrumented Revenue Vehicle Technology

ATLANTA – Railway Track & Structures, February 2024 Issue: A pair of speakers from different continents discussed the benefits of autonomous track geometry collection and the advantages of monitoring revenue-service vehicles’ response to track conditions at the 2022 Wheel/Rail Interaction Conference. Development and the rate of implementation is ongoing.

Union Pacific Begins Infrastructure Projects in Missouri

TRENTON, Mo. – Union Pacific crews are working near Trenton, Missouri to replace 83,000 ties and 17 miles of rail.

Norfolk Southern Improves Infrastructure in Ohio

CAMPBELLSTOWN, Ohio – Norfolk Southern removed double track and extended siding east to 15,000 feet in Ohio.

MBTA Completes ‘Critical Track Work’ on Green Line; Removes 16 Speed Restrictions

BOSTON – The MBTA announced it has completed track work on its Green Line, including replacing more than 1,300 ties and 10,800 feet of rail.

AWPA Standardizes DCOI for Additional Crosstie Wood Species

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The American Wood Protection Association has standardized the use of DCOI for additional crosstie wood species.

MTA Approves Contracts To Improve Infrastructure And Accessibility

NEW YORK CITY – The MTA has approved contracts regarding accessibility upgrades at subway and LIRR stations, replacing Webster Avenue Bridge, and the Metro-North Brewster Yard Improvements Program.

TriMet Six-Week MAX Disruption Starting Jan. 24th

PORTLAND – TriMet announced a six-week MAX disruption from January 14th through February 25th so contractors can finish construction at the Gateway Transit Center.

Union Pacific Invests in Composite Ties

TEXARKANA, Ark. – Union Pacific shares its focus on sustainability efforts through its investment in alternative materials for railroad ties.

MBTA Green Line Extension (GLX) Work Update

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority gave an update on its work along the Green Line Extension (GLX).

Michigan Governor Signs Senate Bill To Use Rail Ties as Alternative Energy Source

DETROIT, Mich. – ASLRRA reports Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Senate Bill 271 on November 28th to allow rail ties to be burned as an alternative energy source.

Metrolinx’s Hazel McCallion Line and Port Credit GO Station Progress Update

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – Metrolinx reports on its progress on its Hazel McCallion Line and Port Credit GO Station.

Jeff Thomas, Industrial Sales Manager, Viance

Thomas Joins Viance as Industrial Sales Manager

Viance, a Charlotte, N.C.-based provider of wood treatment technologies and services, announced Nov. 28 that it has hired Jeff Thomas as Industrial Sales Manager. He will be responsible for customer relations to service growing market demand for the company’s line of DCOI preservative products.

UTA Opens New Pedestrian Bridge at Provo Central Station

PROVO, Utah – At Provo Central Station, the 145-foot overhead bridge runs over two Union Pacific lines and two FrontRunner tracks.

California High-Speed Rail Authority To Make Changes to L.A.-Anaheim Segment

LOS ANGELES – California High-Speed Rail Authority will add a fourth track to its Los Angeles-Anaheim segment.

RTD Resurfaces N Line Track

DENVER, Colo. – With frequent trains running each day, this leads to the ballast shifting and settling over time. In response, RTD is starting a program to resurface commuter rail track.

Pre-fabricated Rail Ties on MBTA’s Green Line Extension Made to Incorrect Specifications – UPDATED

BOSTON – Pre-fabricated rail ties were made to the wrong specifications and then installed on MBTA’s Green Line extension.

L.B. Foster Hosts Congressman Mike Carey for Tour of Dublin, Ohio, Facility

DUBLIN, Ohio – L.B. Foster Company hosted U.S. House of Representatives Member Mike Carey (OH-15) for a tour of the company’s Dublin, Ohio facility.

UPDATE: NTSB Releases Memo for Determination of BNSF Minnesota Derailment 

RAYMOND, Minn. – On Monday, October 16th, NTSB Newsroom announced via Twitter that it has opened a docket “for its investigation of the March 30, 2023 derailment of a BNSF Railway freight train on the Marshall District in Raymond, Minnesota.”

Granite Peak Plastics Launches Triton Ties

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Granite Peak Plastics, a plastic recycling company, has launched Triton Ties. Triton Ties will “manufacture a new fiber-reinforced polymer composite tie product line.”