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Berkshire Hathaway will unload UP and NS shares

Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. disclosed in documents filed Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it will sell all of the shares it holds in Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern prior to

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NYAB earns IRIS certification from UNIFE

Watertown, N.Y.-based New York Air Brake (NYAB) said Mondayit has earned the International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) Certificationfrom UNIFE, the Association of the European Rail Industry. Two NYAB facilitiesachieved certification: the company’s Watertown,

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GE PowerHaul® locomotives for Freightliner arrive in U.K.

London-based Freightliner Group Ltd. and GE Transportation announced Monday that Freightliner has taken delivery of the first PowerHaul locomotives—introducing what the companies describe as state-of-the-art technology to the U.K.’s rail freight market.

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Poll: Canadians support HSR, government backing

A poll conducted for the Railway Association of Canada found that 86% of those surveyed would either “strongly” or “somewhat” support establishment of high speed rail in Canada. The survey, conducted by

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RailComm DOC® Yard Automation System at CSX Selkirk

Railcomm Monday said CSX has placed RailComm’s DOC® Yard Automation System “into production” at its Selkirk, N.Y., facility (outside of Albany). RailComm’s Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) server-based control system provides wireless remote control

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BNSF and BLET negotiators agree on wage and rules issues

BNSF and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen have reached a tentative agreement on wage and work rules issues that BLET says gives its members "the security of a five-year agreement, additional income

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Rails ride high on media, analyst radar

Tuesday’s announcement by Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp., presaging the former’s full acquisition of the latter, drew widespread general media attention to the U.S. freight railroad sector as

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J.B. Hunt, NS agree on plan to bolster intermodal

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement with Norfolk Southern Corp. to develop a new intermodal transportation contract to provide both parties a platform to accelerate the conversion

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Prendergast named new head of MTA NYC Transit

Returning to familiar territory, Thomas Prendergast has been named the new president of MTA New York City Transit, MTA Chairman Jay Walder announced Thursday. Prendergast will start Dec. 1, succeeding Howard Roberts,

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VRE spurns Amtrak challenge on operator choice

Virginia Railway Express officials have denied Amtrak’s challenge to a plan to have an international company operate the commuter rail service’s trains. Amtrak is contesting VRE’s plan to award a five-year, $85

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The Andersons Rail Group posts quarterly loss

The Rail Group of The Andersons Inc. had an operating loss of $1.1 million in the third quarter of 2008, down sharply from the $5.2 million it earned in the third quarter of 208.

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American Railcar shipments down 71%

American Railcar Industries, Inc. reported Thursday that it shipped approximately 610 railcars in the third quarter of 2009, compared to 3,120 in the third quarter of 2008, resulting in EBITDA of $9.1 million and

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Cubic wins $20 million MUNI contract

Cubic Transportation Systems has won a contract valued at nearly $20 million to deliver new smart card-capable fare gates and ticket vending machines in nine San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI) subway stations in San Francisco.

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L.B. Foster diversifies in joint venture

L.B. Foster Co. of Pittsburgh has joined Covington, Ky.-based Lally Pipe & Tube and industry veteran Jim Legg to form LB Pipe & Coupling Products, LLC, to manufacture couplings and accessories for the

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MTA NYCT President Howard Roberts resigns

MTA New York City Transit President Howard Roberts resigned Wednesday morning after 2 1/2 years as the chief executive of the largest U.S. subway and bus system. Roberts will step down November

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Cleveland RTA taps ProTran1

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Wednesday gave ProTran1 LLC a Notice to Proceed to install ProTran1’s ProTracker Alert System on all GCRTA’s transit vehicles. Blue Anchor, N.J.-based ProTran1’s contract with GCRTA

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Wabtec’s Vapor Rail lands Turkish contract

Wabtec Corp.’s Vapor Rail unit has won a contract worth about $30 million to supply electric, sliding plug doors for 440 subway cars to be built by Hyundai Rotem for the $14 billion Marmaray project