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Amtrak touts FY14 fiscal numbers Amtrak released it fiscal year 2014 revenue numbers Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, citing continued financial performance that drew grudging coverage even from media adversaries of the national passenger railroad.
RTD’s first EMUs arrive in Denver Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) trumpeted the arrival of its first electric multiple-unit (EMU) consist of four cars onto RTD territory late Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. RTD on Friday subsequently targeted an 11:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) arrival of the EMUs in Denver Union Station.
U.S. rail traffic gains keep coming U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Nov. 15, 2014 continued to show strength, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, Nov. 20.
GWI acquires Arkansas short lines Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWI) late Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 announced it "has signed an agreement with Pinsly Railroad Company of Westfield, Mass., to acquire certain subsidiaries that constitute Pinsly's Arkansas Division ('Pinsly Arkansas') for $40 million in cash, subject to adjustment for final working capital."
Two MTA railroads to acquire video cameras Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road won approval from a committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board of Directors on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 to award contracts totaling $34.6 million for the purchase of inward- and outward-facing cameras in the cabs of their rail fleets.

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November 25, 2014
Protran Technology has been selected to provide 14 Portable Shove Track Protection Systems to an undisclosed Class I railroad. The system includes 14 PT-501SM portable locomotive track detector units for determining limits of a shove zone and providing failsafe track...
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November 25, 2014
Union Pacific’s Can-Am Corridor linking western Canada with the western U.S. entered a new era on Nov. 24, 2014, when the first unit train of Canadian crude rolled across the international border at Eastport, Idaho, headed for a distribution terminal...
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November 25, 2014
With China’s slowing economy depressing iron ore prices, this would seem an inauspicious time to build a third railway from tidewater to the interior wilds of the Labrador Trench. Nonetheless, to keep life in its grand plan to develop its...
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November 25, 2014
Amtrak released it fiscal year 2014 revenue numbers Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, citing continued financial performance that drew grudging coverage even from media adversaries of the national passenger railroad. For Fiscal Year 2014, which ended Sept. 30, 2014, Amtrak reported "unaudited...
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November 25, 2014
Denver's Regional Transit District (RTD) said Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 that the last steel rail had been laid in RTD's East Rail Line, linking Denver Union Station and Denver International Airport, at roughly the midway point. RTD expects to open the...
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November 25, 2014
This Thanksgiving Day, as you sit down with your families to eat a sumptuous meal, think of Hamberger. No, not the hamburgers served by the calorie-laden billions at junk—er, fast—food places like McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, White Castle, etc., but Hamberger, as in Ed, president...
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November 11, 2014
Nov. 4, 2014 (U.S. national election day) was bad news for some important transit ballot measures, but in Austin, Tex., voters' rejection of a seriously flawed "urban rail" (light rail) plan — by nixing a $600 million General Obligation bonds measure — was a major...
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November 06, 2014
What does Senate Republican control and the largest House Republican majority since the 1940s mean for railroad reregulation, Amtrak’s future, high- and higher-speed rail, transit funding, Positive Train Control (PTC), corporate tax reform, short line tax credits, the future of coal, and a minimum crew-consist...
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November 03, 2014
Let’s continue with my comments from Part 1 and Part 2 on the Oct. 28, 2014 National Transportation Safety Board press conference regarding NTSB’s determination of the causes of five accidents on Metro-North Railway (MNR). To reiterate, I’m going through the video second by second...
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October 31, 2014
I forced myself to review every miserable second of the Oct. 28, 2014 NTSB press conference regarding NTSB’s determination of the causes of five accidents on Metro-North Railway (MNR), for a couple of reasons: 1) I couldn’t believe what was being said; and  2) I...