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Analyst sees second-half switch for rails

Goldman Sachs analyst David Feinberg advised clients in aresearch note that he expects railroads to experience a turnaroundbeginning in this year’s secondhalf, though he now believes their loss of volume during the year will be as

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Alton & Southern expands RailComm DOC system

Alton & Southern Railway Co. has expanded its existing RailComm Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) System by adding 14 remotely controlled power switch machines at the Bowl and Crest sections of its yard.

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Railway writer Fred Houser dies at 84

Frederick N. Houser, Jr., a distinguished railway technical writer who worked for Railway Age (as an associate editor) and Railway Locomotives & Cars (as editor) from 1955 to 1974, died March 26, in Stoneboro, Pa. In addition

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LA weighs direct link for Blue, Gold lines

Los Angeles is seeking public input, beginning Monday, to consider a proposal to connect its Blue and Gold light rail lines through downtown. At present, each line terminates at a station on

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New push for New York freight tunnel

Veteran New York City Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler (pictured), a longtime advocate of a freight tunnel under New York Harbor, will be joined by a newly minted Democratic Congressman from Connecticut, Jim Hines, in

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Paljug to co-chair RSI committee

The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) has appointed Safetran Systems Corp. Vice President Signaling and Crossings John J. Paljug as co-chairman of the new, joint committee for Communications & Signals/Maintenance-of-Way.  As co-chairman, Paljug will represent RSI

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Amtrak restores Boston-Chicago sleeping car service

Beginning in early April, Amtrak passengers traveling between Boston and points west of Albany, N.Y., on the Lake Shore Limited will have access to sleeping car service for the entire route. Amtrak is

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No fed funds for Phoenix “Sky Train” just yet

Despite press predictions to the contrary, no stimulus funds were forthcoming Thursday for Phoenix’s “PHX Sky Train,” a $1.1 billion, 4.8-mile project now under construction that would link Phoenix Sky Harbor International

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Freight traffic slump continues

U.S. freight carload traffic remains mired by the nation’s economic woes, the Association of American Railroads says, down 14.7% for the week ended March 21 compared with the comparable week in 2008.

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NY&A: Brooklyn MSW business is booming

After more than one month of operation, and nearly a month of daily moves, New York & Atlantic Railway says rail shipments of municipal solid waste (MSW) from Brooklyn’s Varick Avenue transfer

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Seattle gets $35 million for Amtrak facilities

Sen. Patty Murray (D.-Wash.)  announced Wednesday that $35 million in stimulus funding will be used to construct two new buildings at Amtrak’s Seattle King Street Maintenance Yard. One building will be a

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ASLRRA names three marketing winners

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association has announced the three winners of its Fourteenth Marketing Awards competition: 1. The Bay Line Railroad L.C., "for their work with Green Circle Bio Energy to

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Dick Webb, Watco founder, dies at 70

Watco Cos. Inc. founder Charles R. "Dick" Webb died March 23 in Kansas City, Kan., after a bout with cancer. He was 70. "Starting from his kitchen table with eight employees, Dick

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ARINC deploys surveillance software for Maryland MTA

ARINC Inc. said Thursday it is deploying video cameras and advanced surveillance software at 14 Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) passenger rail stations under the second phase of a video surveillance contract, partially

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Deadline extended for chlorine-case comments

Because the case raises thorny issues for federal agencies, the Surface Transportation Board announced Wednesday that it has extended the period for public comment in a proceeding in which Union Pacific seeks "to have

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MTA Board approves fare hikes, service cuts

Almost 10 months after officials from New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority vowed to strongly resist service cutbacks despite rising costs, the MTA Board of Directors Wednesday approved cuts, along with fare increases,

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South Shore seeks to add weekend trains

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) will add frequency and capacity to its weekend South Shore service between South Bend, Ind., and Chicago, citing overcrowding and delays to current service. NICTD

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Norfolk Southern: Changing of the guard

Come April 1, five key executive positions at Norfolk Southern will have new faces, albeit highly experienced ones at the railroad. This changing of the guard is in step with NS’s long

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New EMD power for South Africa

The GT26CU-3/Class 39-200 is the first new diesel-electric locomotive for South Africa’s Transnet Freight Rail in 20 years. Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. (EMD) and Transnet Rail Engineering (TRE) have rolled out the first

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MTA to (modestly) bolster New Haven Line service

Per request from the Connecticut Department of Transportation, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority will extend three Metro-North New Haven Line round trips about 1.7 miles east of New Haven’s Union Station, to