Author: David C. Lester


Dr. George M. Smerk Jr., 1933-2023

Railway Track & Structures and Railway Age recently learned that Indiana University Transportation professor Dr. George M. Smerk, Jr., died in mid-2023. Editor’s Note: We regret that Railway Track & Structures and Railway

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Wabtec Set To Close Wilmerding, Pa., Plant

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has reported that Wabtec Corp. will lay off 94 workers with the closure of its Wilmerding, Pa., plant, which is set to occur around July 1, 2024. According to the Post-Gazette,

John E. Bromley, 1942-2023

Editor’s Note: John E. Bromley was a long-time press representative for Union Pacific. I imagine many readers either knew him or knew of him, either as a professional, an enthusiast, or both. John died on Oct. 7 and his obituary appeared on the Trains Magazine News Wire website on Oct. 14. My colleague David Lustig penned a wonderful tribute to John, and I’ve reproduced it here with the permission of Trains Magazine. RIP, John. – David C. Lester

Hudson Tunnel Project: $6.88B CIG Grant

The Gateway Development Commission (GDC) announced July 6 that the Hudson Tunnel Project has entered the Engineering Phase of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program, and that the

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Donalds Reintroduces Legislation to Secure Disaster Relief for Short Line Railroads as Hurricane Season 2023 Begins

Last week Representative Byron Donalds (R-FL) reintroduced H.R. 3782—The Short Line Railroad Relief Act—alongside Representatives Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Randy Feenstra (R-IA), Mike Bost (R-IL), Mary Miller (R-IL), Jake LaTurner (R-KS), Tracey Mann (R-KS), Jack Bergman (R-MI), Brad Finstad (R-MN), Chuck Edwards (R-NC), Don Bacon (R-NE) and Troy Nehls (R-TX). This legislation authorizes the establishment of a disaster relief program to provide much-needed immediate financial assistance to our nation’s short line railroads.