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Curve design for balance speed conditions is not practical for all operating conditions. How can improved track design help vehicle and track curving performance?
MTS adds S70 LRVs to San Diego Blue Line
San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 said Siemens S70 low-floor light rail vehicles now have been added to the Blue Line, the system's initial route…
Obituary: "Ned" Snead, GREX founder, 85
Georgetown Rail Equipment Co. (GREX®) Founder and Chairman Emeritus Edwin de Steiguer "Ned" Snead passed away Jan. 22, 2015, in Georgetown, Tex. He was 85.
BNSF outlines $6 billion capex plan
BNSF on Jan. 15, 2015 announced details about the major capital projects it plans to complete in 2015 to maintain and grow its rail network.
Rail bottleneck relief sought for Connell, Wash.
Washington State legislators and city administrators hope to obtain federal funding to reconfigure and improve a 100-year-old railroad interchange at Connell, Wash., to relieve a bottleneck in the movement of…
LEJAK & Associates buys Alpha Products
Bedford Park, Ill.-based Alpha Products, Inc., a metal fabrication and stamping company, says it has completed its sale to a new ownership group led by John Marks of LEJAK &…
Appalachian Railcar Services makes buy
Eleanor, W. Va.-based Appalachian Railcar Services (ARS) on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, said it has acquired BRC Rail Car Services of Lynchburg Va.
Amtrak readies Vermonter reroute
A long-awaited reroute of Amtrak's Vermonter will commence on Dec. 29, 2014, as the nation's intercity passenger carrier begins serving Greenfield and Northampton, Mass. on a more direct route along…
Partners in transit
Contractors with transit project experience rely on solid communication, developing a team culture and enhancing relationships to get them to a successful result.
Movable bridge best-practices
Even with the use of advanced technology, movable bridge machinery on an electrified railway remains a complex combination of structural, mechanical, and electrical systems.
Signals lit for Lamphier and company
On a recent drive past BNSF’s Hauser Yard, just a few miles north of my home in Post Falls, Idaho, I noticed the routine glow of signals standing alongside main…
Arcadis lands NYCT post-Sandy work
Arcadis US has been awarded a $26 million "task order" contract by MTA New York City Transit to, essentially, weatherproof huge swaths of the city's subway system inundated by Superstorm…
BNSF bumps capex to $6 billion for 2015
BNSF’s planned capital expenditures for 2015 will be $6 billion, another record for a company that, including next year’s amount, will have made more than $50 billion in capital investments…
Emmerson named Managing Director Harsco Rail UK
Harsco Rail has appointed Mark Emmerson Managing Director of the company’s United Kingdom operation. He has been in this role in an interim capacity over the past nine months, along…
Thelen creates scholarship fund for Penn State Altoona RTE program
Penn State alumnus Gerhard A. Thelen, who retired in 2013 as Norfolk Southern Vice President, Operations Planning and Support, has created a scholarship fund for Penn State Altoona that will…
Suit filed to block CSX D.C. tunnel plan
A suit filed in federal court seeks to block CSX from improving and expanding its Virginia Avenue Tunnel in Washington, D.C.
PB lands Australian coal project
Parsons Brinckerhoff has been named project management consultant for Adani Mining Pty. Ltd.’s multi-billion-dollar Carmichael integrated coal mine, port, and rail project in the Galilee Basin in western Queensland, Australia.
BNSF: We’re ready for winter
BNSF says it will go into the 2014-2015 winter season “better prepared than ever before, especially if the U.S. experiences a return of the polar vortex. The 2013-2014 winter was…
L.B. Foster to acquire Balfour Beatty unit
L.B. Foster Co. announced on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, an agreement to acquire the railroad tuning unit, FWO, of Balfour Beatty Rail GmbH. The German business provides track lubrication and switch roller…
Unknotting rail congestion compels investment
Unraveling the knot restricting rail network fluidity cannot be achieved through Surface Transportation Board (STB) intimidation of rail CEOs, or by the agency's issuance of an emergency service order instructing…
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