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From the Editor: “Gussied-up Prairie Schooners”

Those of you who have been involved in the high speed rail business for a while may recall, with acid reflux, Herb Kelleher, the man who, with some creative legal shenanigans, single-handedly

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Vancouver “Canada Line” debuts

British Columbia’s C$2 billion (US$1.8 billion) Canada Line, the third Skytrain route serving metropolitan Vancouver, began revenue operations Monday. The new route, operating along 11.8 miles linking Vancouver with Richmond, includes a

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Midwest High Speed Rail Association redesigns website

Pressing its efforts (and possible political advantage) to secure high speed rail for the Chicago Hub, the Midwest High Speed Rail Association says it has redesigned and upgraded its website at www.midwesthsr.org.

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L.B. Foster supplies rail for Texas transit project

Under a $7.6 million contract, L.B. Foster Co. has supplied 115-pound rail for the 21-mile A-Train line linking Denton and Carrollton, Tex. The Pittsburgh-based company shipped 4,599 tons of 1,600-foot welded rail and 573 tons

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P&W sees “some signs” of traffic recovery

Providence & Worcester Railroad has reported net income for the second quarter of $322,000 compared to income of $320,000 in the second quarter of 2008. Diluted income per common share was 7

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Maine short line seeks ownership deal with state

Hermon, Maine-based Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway said Thursday it has asked the state to consider purchasing and maintaining its track and right-of-way. The property is worth about $17 million, according to

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U.S. rail carload traffic down 16% in latest week

The Association of American Railroads reported Thursday that for the week ended Aug. 8, U.S. railroads originated 274,633 carloads of traffic, down 16% from the comparable week in 2008. Carloadings declined 14.1% in the

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China increases commitment to rail infrastructure

China will invest more than $100 billion per year in rail construction on average during the next three years, an increase from a previously announced increase to roughly $88 billion this year,

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AAR to FRA: Stick to scope of PTC mandate

The Association of American Railroads Thursday urged the Federal Railroad Administration to “faithfully follow the Congressional statutory mandate requiring railroads to implement positive train control (PTC) technologies across certain portions of the

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New Jersey county, township reach short line accord

Officials from Morris County, N.J., have reached agreement with Roxbury Township counterparts on a $6 million planned reconstruction of four miles of rail line within the municipality. The Chester Branch line, linking

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Pandrol cites product use on China HSR lines

Pandrol says its fastenings are in use on two of China’s recently completed high speed dedicated passenger links. The two lines have commenced operations with top speeds of 155 mph; increases to

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KCS reshuffles operations management

Kansas City Southern announced Wednesday that it has assigned broadened responsibilities to David R. Elbrecht, former vice president transportation of the Kansas City Southern Railway Co. (KCSR), who on July 24 was appointed senior vice