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December 2014 Daily News

December 18, 2014 – 14:00 – CTDOT Seeking Operator for New Haven-Springfield Rail Line…

HARTFORD, CT – December 18, 2014 – The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced that it is seeking a service provider to operate the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield passenger rail line beginning in late 2016.  Read more…

December 18, 2014 – 14:00 – Amtrak, PAR OCS to Greenfield, MA for Monday Ceremony…

GREENFIELD, MA – December 18, 2014 – Amtrak will commence operating special test train moves this weekend between Springfield and East Northfield, Massachusetts, ahead of the December 29 reroute of the Vermonter train to the Knowledge Corridor.  Read more…

December 18, 2014 – 14:00 – Carolina Southern Sale to Corman by Year’s End…

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – December 18, 2014 – South Carolina’s Horry County could see a new owner, R.J. Corman Railroad, for the dormant Carolina Southern Railroad just in time for Christmas.  Read more…

December 18, 2014 – 12:00 – Metro-North Grand Central Minor Collision Investigated…

NEW YORK, NY – December 18, 2014 – A Metro-North locomotive reportedly rolled past a red signal Wednesday morning and collided with a train that had passengers aboard it at Grand Central Station in New York City.  Read more…

December 18, 2014 – 12:00 – Amtrak Baggage Car Move Heading for Florida…

ALBANY, NY – December 18, 2014 – Amtrak’s special move of 18 new baggage cars departed the CAF USA  facility in Elmira, NY yesterday to travel south to Amtrak’s Hialeah, FL maintenance facility for final inspection before acceptance.  Read more…

December 18, 2014 – 12:00 – NY Governor Awards $17.9M in Rail Assistance Program…

ALBANY, NY – December 18, 2014 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that $26.8 million in State funding is being awarded to 38 rail and aviation safety, security and economic development projects across the State.  Read more…

December 18, 2014 – 12:00 – Amtrak Completes Electronics Upgrade at WUS…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 18, 2014 – Amtrak, in partnership with the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), has completed a project to expand and improve the public address and electronic passenger information display systems (PIDS) at Washington Union Station.  Read more…

December 17, 2014 – 08:00 – CMQ Receives Green Light from Transport Canada…

FARNHAM, QC - December 17, 2014 – Following months of work, a multitude of inspections, and an additional $10M investment, Central Maine & Quebec Railway got the go-ahead it had been looking for from Transport Canada.  Read more…

December 16, 2014 – 20:00 – STB Sets NS/D&H Procedural Schedule; Minor Transaction…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 16, 2014 – The Surface Transportation Board (Board) is accepting for consideration the application filed November 17, 2014, by Norfolk Southern Railway Company, and two related filings, seeking the Board approval for the acquisition of control of 282.55 miles of rail line owned by Delaware and Hudson Railway Company, Inc. (D&H), a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP).  Read more…

December 16, 2014 – 16:00 – CSX Opens Valleyfield, Quebec Intermodal Facility…

JACKSONVILLE, FL – December 16, 2014 – CSX announced the opening of a new intermodal terminal in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield near Montreal, Quebec, expanding CSX intermodal’s network capacity and offering Canadian customers domestic and international service that connects with the railroad’s 21,000 mile network in the United States.  Read more…

December 16, 2014 – 09:00 – VRS Getting SD60, MP15s for Winter Traffic…

BURLINGTON, VT – December 16, 2014 – Vermont Rail System will be taking delivery of the radial-truck GMTX SD60 #9000 this week, as it awaits delivery of three MP15ACs to handle the winter traffic levels.  Read more…

December 16, 2014 – 09:00 – CMQ Continues Business Growth into 2015…

PORTLAND, ME – December 16, 2014 – Central Maine & Quebec Railway has doubled its business since its June takeover of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway territory and plans on continuing the business growth going into 2015.  Read more…

December 16, 2014 – 09:00 – Amtrak Taking Delivery of 32 More Viewliner II Cars…

ELMIRA, NY – December 16, 2014 – Amtrak will receive a ‘just-in-time’ for Christmas delivery of another thirty-two single-level, long-distance Viewliner II cars from the CAF USA facility in Elmira, New York this week.  Read more…

December 16, 2014 – 09:00 – Metro-North to Test Engineers for Sleep Apnea…

NEW YORK, NY – December 16, 2014 – A year after a deadly derailment that was blamed on an engineer’s sleepiness, the nation’s second-largest commuter rail line has chosen a contractor to test for sleep apnea.  Read more…

December 16, 2014 – 09:00 – NY Completes Latest Oil by Rail Targeted Inspection…

ALBANY, NY – December 16, 2014 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced completion of the latest round of targeted crude oil tank car and rail inspections, which uncovered 100 defects, including eight critical safety defects that require immediate action.  Read more…

December 16, 2014 – 09:00 – C&G Surfacing Upgrade to Commence January 2…

In the first week of the new year a mechanized gang of some 15 to 17 rail-riding machines overseen by a crew of 25 or so men will begin to upgrade railroad ties and underlying ballast along a 7.5-mile stretch of the Columbus & Greenville Railway between Metcalfe and the Mississippi River.  Read more…

December 16, 2014 – 09:00 – Dearborn, MI Celebrates New Dingell Intermodal Station…

DEARBORN, MI – December 16, 2014 – Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. celebrated a milestone in a larger vision for passenger rail options at a grand opening ceremony today at the City of Dearborn’s intermodal passenger rail station, dedicated in honor of retiring Congressman John Dingell, the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history and an essential advocate for the completion of the transit center.  Read more…

December 16, 2014 – 09:00 – CSX Delivers Final Oyster Express Train in Maryland…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 16, 2014 – A unique, year-long partnership between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and CSX recently came to a close with delivery of the 22nd and final freight train filled with fossilized oyster shells from Florida to the Chesapeake Bay.  Read more…

December 15, 2014 – 06:00 – TSB Release Report on 2013 CP White River Derailment…

TORONTO, ON – December 15 2014 –  In its investigation report (R13T0060) released late last week, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that a rail fracture caused by the impact of a broken wheel led to the derailment of a Canadian Pacific (CP) freight train near White River, Ontario in 2013.  Read more…

December 15, 2014 – 06:00 – FEC PortMiami Facility Benefits Seaboard Marine Customers…

MIAMI, FL – December 15, 2014 – The recent launch of Florida East Coast Railway’s (FECR) new, on-dock intermodal rail facility at PortMiami is enabling Seaboard Marine, an ocean transportation provider, to handle cargo more efficiently and better meet the needs of its customers.  Read more…

December 12, 2014 – 11:00 – Amtrak Officially Announces Vermonter Route Change…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 12, 2014 – Amtrak announced today that Amtrak Vermonter service to the Knowledge Corridor will start on December 29, 2014, with stops in Greenfield and Northampton, Mass.  Tickets are now available for purchase.  Read more…

December 11, 2014 – 08:00 – FEC Toys for Tots Train Scheduled Saturday…

JACKSONVILLE, FL – December 11, 2014 – The Florida East Coast Railway train will make its 5th Toys for Tots run on Saturday, delivering toys along the way while visiting eight Florida cities.  Read more…

December 11, 2014 – 08:00 – G&W Reports November 2014 Traffic Level Increases…

DARIEN, CT – December 11, 2014 – Genesee & Wyoming Inc. today reported traffic volumes for November 2014, which shows 160,669 carloads, an increase of 8,361 carloads, or 5.5%, compared with November 2013.  Read more…

December 10, 2014 – 16:00 – Amtrak: Congress Should Unlock Passenger Rail Potential…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 10, 2014 – Congress should focus on ways to unlock intercity passenger rail’s potential by providing predictable, dedicated funding to develop and implement capital investments for the Northeast Corridor (NEC) and other rail corridors between America’s major metropolitan areas, Chairman of Amtrak’s Board of Directors Anthony R. Coscia testified today before a U.S. Senate committee.  Read more…

December 10, 2014 – 12:00 – Proposal to Rebuild 20-Mile NW Pennsylvania Line…

DUBOIS, PA – December 10, 2014 – The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission is proposing plans to rebuild 20 miles of railroad in Clearfield County that would provide a shortcut between two regional railroad operators.  Read more…

December 10, 2014 – 12:00 – CBNS Ending Cape Breton Service in December…

SYDNEY, NS – December 10, 2014 – Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway’s plan to close the rail line across Cape Breton may take place as early as December 31, despite a 6-month regulatory approval process.  Read more…

December 10, 2014 – 12:00 – CP Recognized as Leader for Climate Change Data…

TORONTO, ON – December 10, 2014 – Canadian Pacific Railway Limited has been recognized as a leader for the depth and quality of climate change data it has disclosed to investors and the global marketplace through CDP, the international NGO that drives sustainable economies.  Read more…

December 9, 2014 – 12:00 – Amtrak New Trains Won’t Come from Bombardier…

MONTREAL, QC – December 9, 2014 – Amtrak has closed its bids for 28 new high-speed train sets, however Bombardier Transportation, a company that was thought to be a front-runner for the project, now says they have not submitted a bid.  Read more…

December 9, 2014 – 12:00 – FreightCar America Expanding Alabama Facility…

CHICAGO, IL – December 9, 2014 – FreightCar America, Inc. is expanding its presence in the Shoals region of Alabama through the previously announced $10 million expansion to add an additional production line to meet growing demand for the Company’s new types of railcars.  Read more…

December 9, 2014 – 12:00 – GE Capital Delivering 2015 Safety Appliance Tank Cars….

CHICAGO, IL – December 9, 2014 – GE Capital, Rail Services announced today it is delivering 875 tank cars that meet the 2015 Safety Appliance Standard to customers.  Read more…

December 9, 2014 – 12:00 – CN Tentative Agreement with USW MofW Workers…

MONTREAL, QC – December 8, 2014  – Canadian National Railway  announced Monday that it has reached a tentative agreement with the United Steelworkers (USW) union Local 2004 to renew the labor contract for approximately 3,000 CN maintenance-of-way employees represented by the USW in Canada.  Read more…

December 5, 2014 – 10:00 – AAR Reports Intermodal, Carload Nov. Volume Increases…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 5, 2014 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) yesterday reported increased U.S. rail traffic for November 2014, with both carload and intermodal volume increasing compared with November 2013.  Read more…

December 5, 2014 – 10:00 – R.J. Corman is Reported Purchaser of Carolina Southern…

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – December 5, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Herald, a Waccamaw Publishers newspaper, is reporting that the R.J. Corman Railroad Group from Kentucky is the company negotiating to purchase the Carolina Southern Railroad.  Read more…

December 4, 2014 – 07:00 – CP/Amtrak Toys for Tots Train Weekend Schedules…

ALBANY, NY – December 4, 2014 – The 16th Annual Toys for Tots Train will be meeting the needs of families from Binghamton to Rouses Point this holiday season with deliveries of toys to non-profit organizations, and giving out coats, hats, mittens, and blankets to needy children.  Read more…

December 4, 2014 – 07:00 – ONTC Offers Look at New Polar Bear Express Makeover…

COCHRANE, ON – December 4, 2014 – Ontario Northland Railway’s Polar Bear Express train is getting a 50th Birthday makeover for it’s 2015 schedule between Cochrane and Moosonee, Ontario.  Read more…

December 4, 2014 – 06:00 – FRA Issues Waiver for Non-Domestic HSR Train Sets…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 4, 2014 – The Federal Railroad Administration is issuing notice to advise the public that it intends to grant the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) and California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) waivers from FRA’s Buy America requirement for the non-domestic final assembly of up to four (two for Amtrak; two for the Authority) “prototype” Tier III high-speed rail (HSR) trainsets in connection with the procurement of HSR trainsets.  Read more…

December 4 2014 – 06:00 – CP Still Optimistic on Oil, SD90MACs to be Rebuilt…

NEW YORK, NY – December 4, 2014 – Canadian Pacific Railway’s chief executive officer E. Hunter Harrison told investors on Wednesday that a plunge in oil prices poses no risk to Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.’s financial targets, and should give a boost to exports and the economy.  Read more…

December 4, 2014 – 06:00 – Steamtown Steams Again, Baldwin #26 Readied for 2015…

SCRANTON, PA – December 3, 2014 – Steamtown National Historic Site has steam again as the Baldwin Locomotive Works 0-6-0 #26 switcher was fired up for the first time in nearly 15 years.  Read more…

December 4, 2014 – 06:00 – FEC All But Two GE’s Delivering, EMDs to Depart…

JACKSONVILLE, FL – December 4, 2014 – Florida East Coast Railway will be receiving the remainder of its 24-unit order for the General Electric ES44C4 locomotives – FEC 800-823 – in the coming weeks, as 12 more units are ready to ship from Erie, Pennsylvania.  Read more…

December 4, 2014 – 06:00 – Steamtown NHS Hosting “Christmas in a Small Town”…

SCRANTON, PA – December 4, 2014 – Santa Claus is leaving his sleigh at the North Pole and coming to town early on a train. Six local communities will celebrate “Christmas in a Small Town” when Santa and his friends arrive aboard a special train provided by Steamtown National Historic Site.  Read more…

December 4, 2014 – 06:00 – CSX Safety Train Reaches More Than 2,000 1st Responders…

JACKSONVILLE, FL – December 4, 2014 – CSX’s “Safety Train: Energy Preparedness Program” recently completed its 2014 tour, training 2,022 first responders from more than 350 public safety organizations in 18 cities.  Read more…

December 3, 2014 – 10:00 – Iowa Pacific Could be Last Hope for Hoosier State Service…

INDIANA, IN – December 3, 2014 – Indiana Department of Transportation continues to try and secure the future of the Hoosier State Passenger Rail Line with Iowa Pacific Holdings, while the contract to keep it running set to expire next month.  Read more…

December 3, 2014 – 10:00 – AMT Launches Mascouche Line Service on Dec. 1…

MONTREAL, QC – December 3, 2014 - On Monday morning, December 1, Montreal’s Metropolitan Transportation Agency (AMT) commissioned its new commuter train route, the Mascouche Line.  Read more…

December 3, 2014 – 10:00 – Reading & Northern Launches Santa Clause Specials…

PORT CLINTON, PA – December 3, 2014 – Reading and Northern Railroad and Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway announced last week that Santa Claus is coming to Jim Thorpe and Schuylkill County this Christmas season.  Read more…

December 3, 2014 – 10:00 – CSS Names Dougherty to Dir. Sales and Marketing…

SOUTH BEND, IN – December 3, 2014 – Gregory J. Dougherty has been appointed director of sales and marketing at the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad effective December 1.  Read more…

December 3, 2014 – 10:00 – Greenville & Western Plans 8th Annual Santa Express…

GREENVILLE, NC – December 3, 2014 – Greenville & Western Railway Company, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Carolina Railway Service Corporation, is pleased to announce that Santa Claus will be riding the rails again on December 13, 2014 as Greenville & Western hosts its Eighth Annual “Santa Express.”  Read more…

December 3, 2014 – 10:00 – RAC Recognizes Four Members for Rail Safety…

OTTAWA, ON – December 3, 2014  – The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) has recognized four of its members for their outstanding contributions to rail safety.  Read more…

December 2, 2014 – 16:00 – INRD Founder Retiring, Succeeded by Peter Mills…

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – December 2, 2014 – Indiana Rail Road (INRD) Company Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas G. Hoback has announced that he will retire effective June 30, 2015, from the helm of the regional railroad he has rebuilt from a broken-down branch line, once given up for dead, into an industry leader.  Read more…

December 2, 2014 – 16:00 – Amtrak Adds Chicagoan to Blue Ribbon Panel…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 2, 2014 – Amtrak has added a member with deep local expertise in regional issues to the blue ribbon panel of rail and transportation leaders to identify infrastructure and operational improvements to address the rail traffic gridlock in Chicago.  Read more…

December 1, 2014 – 06:00 – CP/D&H Toys for Tots Train Schedule – Dec. 6-7…

BINGHAMTON, NY – December 1, 2014 – The Annual Toys for Tots Train that is jointly operated by Canadian Pacific Railway’s Delaware & Hudson subsidiary in conjunction with Amtrak and for the Marine Corps. will run from Binghamton to Rouses Point, New York next weekend.  Read more…

December 1, 2014 – 06:00 – CSX NW Florida Derailment Reported Sunday Morning…

MILTON, FL – December 1, 2014 – An early morning derailment on Sunday in Milton, Florida, left 23 cars of a 94-car CSX Transportation train en route from Waycross, Georgia, to New Orleans,  derailed in Milton just before 9 a.m.  Read more…

December 1, 2014 – 06:00 – Alabama Port Awards $20.1M Design/Construction Contract…

MOBILE, AL – December 1, 2014 – The Alabama State Port Authority has announced that it has awarded a $20.1 million contract to design and construct a new intermodal facility on the Mobile, Alabama’s waterfront to Illinois-based R.T. Milord Company.  Read more…

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