BNSF Bridge Proceeding in Idaho

The U.S. Coast Guard on Sept. 5 issued a FONSI (Finding Of No Significant Impact) on BNSF’s plan to construct a new bridge across Sand Creek and Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho, supplementing an existing structure and eliminating a bottleneck.

Trainyard Tech: CLASSMASTER™/DAP Synergies

Trainyard Tech, LLC, provides process control systems for Class I railroads in freight classification yards through its CLASSMASTERTM systems. “The biggest challenge for such process control systems is capturing precise railroad car momentum and speed,” the company says.

Two Grants Aim to Improve Amtrak Midwest Network

A pair of State Departments of Transportation received federal grants to improve service along the Amtrak Midwest network.

Ungerer Joins HNTB as Project Director, AVP

Dr. Janet Ungerer, Ph.D., P.E., has joined HNTB Corp. as Project Director and Associate Vice President in the firm’s Baltimore office.

Geopier Introduces Subgrade Improvement System

Geopier Foundation Company has introduced its newest Intermediate Foundation® solution: the GeoSpike℠ System—“a low‐cost method for strengthening weak railroad track subgrades without removing railroad tracks, ties or ballast.”

FRA SOGR Grants Top $272MM

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has awarded more than $272 million in grants to 10 passenger rail projects in as many states. The funding is provided through FRA’s Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program (SOGR Program), and will help to repair and rehabilitate railroad infrastructure around the country.

Thermal Rail Stress and Undergrade Bridges

When consideration is given to track engineering and maintenance, many newcomers to the railroad industry don’t realize what massive amount of effort is put forward to properly manage thermal rail stress by track engineering and track maintenance professionals. A concept even more difficult to grasp is the relationship of thermal rail stress to undergrade bridges.

Hemphill Heading Uinta Basin Railway Project

Rio Grande Pacific Corp. has named rail industry veteran Mark Hemphill to lead development and construction of the Uinta Basin Railway project, a $1.5 billion new-build that, when completed in late 2022 or early 2023, will serve northeastern Utah’s energy, mineral and agriculture industries. The new railroad is being built through a DBFOM (design-build-finance operate-maintain P3 (public-private partnership) comprised of Rio Grande Pacific, Drexel Hamilton Infrastructure Partners and the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition

Loram Australian Subsidiary Acquiring Aurizon Grinding Assets

Loram Pty Ltd., the wholly owned Australian subsidiary of Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc., has executed a binding agreement to acquire all the assets of the rail grinding business of Aurizon Operations Ltd. Upon completion, Loram will increase the number of Australian customers to which it provides rail grinding services by four, including all main line and turnout rail grinding for Aurizon Network Pty Ltd. Completion of the acquisition remains subject to certain conditions precedent.

Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2019 Finalists Announced

Bentley Systems Inc. has announced the finalists for its Year in Infrastructure 2019 Awards program, which honors “the extraordinary work of Bentley software users advancing infrastructure design, construction, and operations throughout the world.” Twelve independent jury panels of industry experts selected the 54 finalists from 571 nominations submitted by more than 440 organizations in more than 60 countries.