Several Charlottesville, Va., residents gathered at the train station Oct. 7 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the daily Lynchburg-to-Washington Amtrak train, which stops in Charlottesville.
The Caltrain Board ofDirectors voted to implement a 25-cent increase to the zone fare and toeliminate four midday trains to close a $2.3-million gap in the Fiscal Year2010 operating budget.
RailAmerica, Inc.,reported that its total freight carloads for the month ended September 30, 2010were 72,833, up 8.0 percent from 67,410 in September 2009. These resultsinclude the Ottawa Valley Railway operation.
Greenbrier Rail Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of The
Greenbrier Companies, on Oct. 7 broke ground in western Nebraska on a new wheel
The $20 million North Platte, Nebraska Area Wheel Facility,
which is scheduled to open in January 2012, will supply new and reconditioned
freight car wheelsets. Located in Hershey, Neb., a small town on the Union
Pacific main line 15 miles west of North Platte, home of UP's immense Bailey
Yard, the facility is expected to generate $60 million in annual revenue and
employ 30. The shop will occupy 34 acres and 49,000 square feet, and will be
located on UP's quadruple-track main line. Greenbrier says the shop will be a
"state-of-the-art facility, with in-line, highly automated production."
The shop will be Greenbrier's second facility in Nebraska.
The existing one is located in Omaha. Greenbrier Rail Services operates 21
repair shops, 12 wheel and component facilities, and 4 railcar parts
manufacturing locations throughout the U.S. and Mexico.
Left to right, at the groundbreaking ceremony: Village of
Hershey Mayor Ray Cox, Nebraska Governor David Heineman, Greenbrier Rail
Services President Tim Stuckey, and Union Pacific Vice President-Supply Joe
O'Connor. Prior to the groundbreaking, Tim Stuckey presented Mayor Cox with a
$7,500 contribution to the town's planned tornado early warning system.
The terminal serves ethanol producersin the U.S. with rail access. With the expansion, a unit train of 80 cars can be off-loaded and returned to the supplier intact.
“This is a major step in making the Motiva Doraville terminal the low-cost solution for ethanol distribution in the Atlanta metropolitan area,” said John Kraemer, NS group vice president. “Norfolk Southern is proud to partner with Motiva in this important supply chain improvement for the industry.”
Motiva owns and operates ethanolrefineries capable of producing 740,000 barrels per day, a distribution system including ownership interests in 40 products terminals, and a marketing network that supports approximately 8,100 Shell-branded gasoline stations in the Eastern and Southern U.S.
Teck plans during the next few years to increase production at the mines by 50%, and CP said it agreed to enhance capacity to handle the higher volume.
Noting that Teck had won approval from Canadian regulators in 2009 to shift some of its coal traffic from CP to rival Canadian National, Chief Executive Don Lindsay said the company will continue to do so.