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LACMTA taps Atkins for engineering needs
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has selected Atkins to serve as a general engineering consultant (GEC) in support of Metro's rail network operations, maintenance, and expansion plans,…
Metro-North: Normal Hudson Line service Monday
Metro-North Railroad says it expects all damaged track near Spuyten Duyvil (the Bronx) on its Hudson Line to be fully repaired by Monday, July 29, 2013, following a CSX train…
Herzog ballast dumping: No GPS? No problem!
Herzog Railroad Services Inc. (HRSI) says its GPS ballast trains “are one of the safest and most efficient advancements of railroad maintenance equipment in decades. The tasks of unloading a…
NS completes Mon Line upgrade
Norfolk Southern has completed $22.6 million in track, bridge, and signal improvements along its 85-mile “Mon Line,” a major coal route through Pennsylvania’s Monongahela Valley.
Metro-North updates Bronx R-O-W work progress
Metro-North Railroad provided an update Monday, July 15, 2013, on its program to upgrade its right-of-way in the Bronx, N.Y., between Melrose and Woodlawn, used by both Harlem Line and…
TTCI Research Advisory Board taps Harsco's Palese
The Association of American Railroads Associate Advisory Board has selected Joseph W. Palese from Harsco Rail to serve out the remainder of the term of a vacant seat on the…
MRAIL Services earns WBENC national certification
MRAIL Services, a business specializing in supplying products and services to the transportation industry, has received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Ohio River Valley-Women’s Business Council,…
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…
Preservation: Amber past, or future-prep?
This opinion piece should start off updating some of the ongoing debate between champions of rail rights-of-way restoration for rail use, and those wanting those rights-of-way for hiking or biking…
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…
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