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Damaged turnout likely cause of fatal SNCF wreck
SNCF (French National Railways) says a detached turnout fishplate is the likely cause of the derailment of an intercity train on July 12 at Brétigny-sur-Orge south of Paris in which…
NRC scholarship awards announced
The National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC) said Monday, July 8, 2013 it was "pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for tuition assistance to children or grandchildren of…
Cross-country or crosstown, crossties mark the way
As old rights-of-way expand or are rehabilitated—and as new rail transit routes are created and extended—the growing demand for crossties will have to serve a more diverse marketplace.
Educating the next generation of railroaders
“You’re going to be a high school senior this fall. Any thoughts on a career? College?” “Well, Dad, I think I might like to work for a railroad. It’s a…
CSX embarks on a July 4 track blitz
CSX m/w employees on July 1 kicked off an eight-day maintenance “jamboree” or “blitz” designed to complete work that would normally take 18 weeks under traffic. The accelerated timeline is…
LACMTA turns to Protran for pedestrian/trespasser warning systems
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has engaged Protran Technology for pedestrian and trespassing detection/warning systems on its surface-running light rail network.
TÜV Rheinland Rail Sciences Inc. President Gary Wolf retires
Gary Wolf, president of TÜV Rheinland Mobility Inc. dba-TÜV Rheinland Rail Sciences Inc. (RSI), has retired after 40 years in rail consulting and engineering. He will remain as senior consultant…
For CP, a rapid recovery from Alberta floods
Canadian Pacific said Monday, June 24 that its main line west of Calgary through the Banff-Canmore region of Alberta is now open after operations crews successfully restored segments impacted by…
Highlights from CSX's Corporate Sustainability Report
CSX on Tuesday, June 17 released its 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report detailing the company’s environmental, social, governance, and financial performance. The full report is accessible at the company’s…
Metro-North initiates Bronx R-O-W cleanup
MTA Metro-North Railroad said Wednesday, June 12, 2013 it will accelerate track work in the Bronx, encompassing drainage improvements, tie replacements, fencing repairs, and general cleanup of the wayside for…
Conquering Rolling Contact Fatigue and Gage Corner Cracking
Eddy Current inspection may be a technology whose time has come. Gage Corner Cracking (GCC) of rail and wheel from Rolling Contact Fatigue (RCF) has been historically difficult to measure…
CN accelerates frac sand branch upgrade
CN is accelerating work on a $33 million upgrade of its Whitehall Subdivision in Wisconsin to increase carloading capacity and train velocity for the growing frac sand supply chains of…
Edmonton taps Axion for rail ties
Axion International Holdings, Inc. said May 22 that it has received a purchase order for ECOTRAX specialty rail ties from Edmonton Transit System, to be applied on the Albertan capital's…
RSI, REMSA to co-host USA Pavilion at Brazilian trade show
The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) and Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) will be co-hosting the USA Pavilion at the Business on Rails trade show, Nov. 5-7, 2013, in São Paulo,…
AREMA offers Private Rail Technology Tour
The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) is offering the third of its successful railroad technology tours, to be held Sept. 4-14, 2013.
CHSRA selects joint venture as best in value
The California High-Speed Rail Authority has selected the Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons joint venture's bid as the "apparent best value" for the design-build contract to construct the first section of its new…
New Mexico offers BNSF fuel break
A new law in New Mexico will provide a tax break to lower the cost of locomotive fuel for the BNSF Railway Co., the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
CP reopens line after Minnesota oil spill
Canadian Pacifc on Thursday said it had resumed service in western Minnesota after a derailment spilled up to 30,000 U.S. gallons of oil.
A refined grind
Elbow grease was the main driver of track maintenance a century ago; today, it’s technology. When it comes to the grinding process, everything from close cooperation with railroads to continued…
Invensys given subcontract for NYCT signals
Invensys Rail says it will serve as a subcontractor to Five Star Electric Corp. in a project to replace two rail interlockings for MTA New York City Transit.
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