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Wildfires damage Northwest rail lines
A series of wildfires in central and eastern Washington state, some blazing for nearly a week, have devastated entire communities and left several sections of railway damaged.
SEPTA sets "Trolley Tunnel Blitz"
SEPTA has announced an intense, concentrated "Trolley Tunnel Blitz" beginning Aug. 1, 2014 and continuing through early Aug. 18, in an "around-the-clock" endeavor to upgrade and improve infrastructure. Service will…
Booth space available at RSI/REMSA USA Pavilion
According to the Railway Supply Institute (RSI) and Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA), “Many railway suppliers are interested in expanding their customer base and business partners abroad, particularly in the…
AAR Associate Membership grows by five
Five companies joined the Association of American Railroads as Associate Members in June 2014.
NJT sets FY 2015 capex, operating budgets
New Jersey Transit has implemented a $2.019 billion operating budget and a $1.203 billion capital program for the fiscal year that started July 1, 2014.
CSX completes five-state Maintenance Jamboree
CSX has performed annual Maintenance Jamborees since 1999, when a machine operator coined the term “Jamboree” to describe the mass gathering of maintenance-of-way crews and equipment in one area. The…
InnoTrans 2014: Largest ever
InnoTrans 2014 is shaping up to be the largest-ever of this bi-annual global railway trade show, which attracts close to 3,000 companies representing every railway discipline. North American participation at…
Rebuilding an empire
BNSF is expanding its Northern Corridor to meet increasing demand.
Indiana Rail Road touts increased train speeds
The Indiana Rail Road Co. (INRD) said Tuesday, July 8, 2014 it will increase the speed limit for trains to 30 mph for the portion of its mainline between West…
LACMTA taps J.L. Patterson for track project
J.L. Patterson & Associates, Inc. (JLP) said it has been awarded a $6.5 million contract by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) for finalizing the design of a…
LRT conversion for LA Orange Line?
Pending a signature from California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on a legislative bill, Los Angeles will be cleared to convert its Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line to a…
Harsco lands another big Swiss contract
Harsco Corp. said Tuesday, July 1, 2014 it has secured second major railway track and infrastructure maintenance equipment award from Swiss Federal Railways (SBB).
Progress Rail to buy Australian track business
Progress Rail Services Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., said Tuesday, July 1, 2014 it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Pacific Rail Engineering's (PRE) track business.
Webinar addresses State of Good Repair challenges
A webinar July 9, 2014 entitled Achieving Optimized Capital Planning and Asset Reliability is being offered by Railway Age and sister publication Railway Track & Structures, along with Bentley Systems,…
CBR obstacles vary, but multiply
Pushback against crude-by-rail (CBR) oil shipments continues to develop in a variety of ways, from local protests to looming action from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Pipeline and…
Illinois, UP mark projects new and old
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durban (D) joined Union Pacific President and COO Lance Fritz Friday, June 27, 2014, to announce a joint $90 million addition…
"Green" railroads and Box Turtles
One hears the word "green" more than ever at any given rail conference, not without reason. Most in the rail world, naturally enough, apply the allusion to themselves and their…
Holland receives honors from TTX
Holland LP said Wednesday, June 18, 2014 it has received the "TTX Excellent Supplier" designation based on its overall SECO (Supplier Evaluation Committee) evaluation.
FEIS issued for CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel reconstruction
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Washington, D.C. District Department of Transportation (DDOT) have released a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed reconstruction of CSX’s Virginia Avenue…
What’s the rub?
An optimal friction management program can go a long way toward reducing the stress state of the railroad.
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