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August 2014 Daily News

August 29, 2014 – 16:00 - IPH Rolls Out Premier Rail Collection Holiday Season…

CHICAGO, IL – August 29, 2014 – The new 2014/15 brochure from Iowa Pacific Holding’s Premier Rail Collection (PRC) is so rooted in American history and geography you might call it a Smithsonian on wheels.  Read more…

August 29, 2014 – 16:00 - Tri-Rail Moving Toward “Coastal Link” Service…

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – August 29, 2014 – Tri-Rail’s proposed “Coastal Link” service is step closer to delivering additional service between West Palm Beach and Miami, Florida, through coastal downtown communities such as West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale.  Read more…

August 29, 2014 – 16:00 - NY&A Bidding Out Grade-Lowering Project in Maspeth…

MASPETH, NY – August 29, 2014 – New York & Atlantic Railway is on a path to increase capacity through the use of rail cars higher than seventeen feet on the company’s Bushwick Branch through Maspeth, New York.  Read more…

August 29, 2014 – 16:00 - CSX Baltimore Intermodal Plans Scrapped by State…

BALTIMORE, MD – August 29, 2014 – Transportation Secretary James T. Smith, Jr., announced Thursday that the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has terminated its agreement with CSX Transportation, Inc., and CSX Intermodal Terminals, Inc., (CSX) to attempt location of the Baltimore Rail Intermodal Facility at Morrell Park and has pulled all state funding from the CSX project.  Read more…

August 29, 2014 – 16:00 - West Toronto Rail Bottleneck Resolved by Separation…

TORONTO, ON – August 29, 2014 – A major Toronto rail bottleneck for passenger and freight operations has been eliminated after one of Canada’s largest rail separation projects has been completed.  Read more…

August 29, 2014 – 16:00 - M&E Constructed Whippany Bulk Terminal Transload…

MORRISTOWN, NJ – August 29, 2014 – The Morristown & Erie Railway is proud to announce the construction of a brand-new train-to-truck bulk transloading facility on Troy Hills Road in Whippany, NJ.  Read more…

August 28, 2014 – 08:00 - Amtrak Seeks ABS Removal in NJ for Higher Speeds…

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – August 28, 2014 - Amtrak is seeking approval for the removal of automatic block signals and replacement of them with a cab signal-only system between County Interlocking, Milepost (MP) 32.8, in New Brunswick, NJ, and Ham Interlocking, MP 55.7, in Trenton, NJ, on Amtrak’s Northeast Division West, formerly the New York Division.  Read more…

August 28, 2014 – 08:00 - Watco Looks to Abandon ABS Signals on BLU…

ASHEVILLE, NC – August 28, 2014 – Watco Companies, LLC (Watco), the owner and operator of the Blue Ridge Southern Railroad LLC (BLU), has petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) seeking approval for the discontinuance of a portion of the railroad’s automatic block signal system.  Read more…

August 28, 2014 – 08:00 - D&H Dispatch Desk Consolidation for ‘Efficiency’…

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – August 28, 2014 – Canadian Pacific Railway has notified employees at the company’s Minneapolis Dispatch Center that effective on Wednesday, September 3, multiple desk consolidations will begin taking place, including the combining of the Delaware & Hudson North and South end desks, to promote ‘efficiency’.  Read more…

August 28, 2014 – 08:00 - VIA Rail Chairman Smith Announces Resignation…

MONTREAL, QC – August 28, 2014 - Paul G. Smith, Chairman of the Board of VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) announced Wednesday morning to the Minister of Transport, the Honorable Lisa Raitt, his decision to leave his role at Canada’s passenger rail operator, effective August 31, a position Mr. Smith had been in since December 2010. Read more…

August 27, 2014 – 16:00 - MBTA, Amtrak Trains “Bump” at Boston S. Station…

BOSTON, MA – August 27, 2014 – Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Amtrak have issued alerts to passengers using Boston’s South Station to expect significant delays Wednesday afternoon after what they both report as “an incident impeding tracks.”  Read more…

August 26, 2014 – 12:00 - Vermont’s Glory Days Event Adds Another Heritage Loco…

WHITE RIVER JCT., VT – August 26, 2014 – The Town of Harford Parks and Recreation Department in Hartford, Vermont, along with support from Eastern Railroad News, are adding more historic and nostalgic rail equipment to the 22nd Annual Glory Days of the Railroad Festival, with activities scheduled in historic downtown White River Junction from September 12 to September 14.  Read more…

August 26, 2014 – 12:00 - Amtrak Announces Continued Modified MI Service…

CHICAGO, IL – August 26, 2014 – Amtrak will continue to operate trains on a modified schedule for the Wolverine Service and Blue Water routes through the end of September as it completes infrastructure improvements in West Michigan.  Read more…

August 25, 2014 – 12:00 - Lakes State Ry Investing in Road Slug Technology…

SAGINAW, MI – August 25, 2014 – Lakes State Railway will be increasing their number of locomotives in the attractive blue and grey lightning stripe scheme through the addition of another SD40-2 and two sets of GP40-3/RoadSlug units.  Read more…

August 25, 2014 – 12:00 - CN Discontinuing Auburn, ME Intermodal Service…

MONTREAL, QC – August 22, 2014 – Canadian National Railway has announced that they will be discontinuing intermodal service, via Genesee & Wyoming’s St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railway, to Auburn, Maine.  Read more…

August 21, 2014 – 15:00 - Amtrak Hoosier Service Extended Through Jan. 2015…

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – August 21, 2014 - The Indiana Department of Transportation and the communities of Indianapolis, Crawfordsville, Rensselaer, Lafayette, West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County and Beech Grove announce plans to continue Hoosier State passenger rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago through January 31, 2015.  Read more…

August 21, 2014 – 15:00 - Amtrak to Continue New York State Fair Trains…

ALBANY, NY – August 21, 2014 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that Amtrak will continue its tradition of providing train service to the Great New York State Fair, with five trains dropping passengers off daily for the 12 days of the fair, which runs from Thursday, August 21 to Monday, September 1.  Read more…

August 21, 2014 – 14:00 - FRA Awards $350K Grant for Short Line Safety Institute…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 21, 2014 - U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the Federal Railroad Administration will award two grants totaling $350,000 to support the development of a Short Line Rail Safety Institute.  Read more…

August 21, 2014 – 12:00 - Hobo and Winnipesaukee RRs Offer Special Trips…

LINCOLN, NH – August 21, 2014 – Starting Monday, August 25 and running for five consecutive days through Friday, August 29, tickets at the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln and the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad in Meredith & Weirs Beach, New Hampshire, will be available to everyone ages 3 and up at children’s prices – only $12 in Lincoln for the 1 hour and 20 minute ride, $14 in Meredith for the 2-hour ride and $12 at Weirs Beach for the 1-hour train ride – while ages 2 and under ride for free as always.  Read more…

August 21, 2014 – 12:00 - Steamtown Railfest 2014 Weekend Events Announced…

SCRANTON, PA – August 21, 2014 – Steamtown National Historic Site has announced plans for Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31 – Labor Day weekend, when the National Park Service joins with partners to host Railfest 2014.  Read more…

August 21, 2014 – 12:00 - PAS Conn River Line Officially Purchased by State…

GREENFIELD, MA – August 21, 2014 – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick arrived at Greenfield, Massachusetts on Wednesday aboard the Pan Am Railways Office Car Special train to announce that the state is spending $17 million for the Connecticut River Line’s resumption of Amtrak Vermonter passenger service, scheduled to begin December 29.  Read more…

August 19, 2014 – 06:00 - NRHS Announces Vermont Rails 2015 Convention Plans…

PHILADELPHIA, PA – August 19, 2014 – The National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) has announced plans for the “Vermont Rails 2015” convention in Rutland, Vermont, which includes multiple excursions over the Vermont Rail System and the Saratoga & North Creek Railroad.  Read more…

August 19, 2014 – 06:00 - RBMN Announces Bridge Project from PA Grant…

PORT CLINTON, PA - August 19, 2014 – The Reading & Northern Railroad has been awarded a $10 million State Capital budget grant to build a new railroad bridge over the Lehigh River near Nesquehoning in Carbon County.  Read more…

August 19, 2014 – 06:00 - GRLW to Benefit from Petroleum Pipeline, Terminal…

GREENVILLE, SC – August 19, 2014 – Greenville & Western Railway Company, LLC (GRLW), a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Carolina Railway Service Corporation, is pleased to announce that Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, LLP (Kinder Morgan), has announced a proposed project to expand the capacity of its existing pipeline between Baton Rouge, LA and Belton, SC, as well as the construction of a new pipeline from Belton, SC to Jacksonville, FL.  Read more…

August 19, 2014 – 06:00 - LIRR Seven Unions Ratify New Agreement…

NEW YORK, NY – August 19, 2014 – The United Transportation Union/SMART has announced that the members of Long Island Rail Road General Committee of Adjustment GO 505 have ratified a new agreement with LIRR management by a 97 percent margin, General Chairperson Anthony Simon reports.  Read more…

August 19, 2014 – 06:00 - LIRR Budget Includes Cars, More Trains for Hempstead…

NEW YORK, NY – August 19, 2014 – MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast and Long Island Rail Road President Patrick Nowakowski have proposed a package of LIRR service investments including the restoration of weekend service on the West Hempstead Branch and the addition of two cars to six rush hour trains that are at or near capacity.  Read more…

August 18, 2014 – 12:00 - CSX Safety Train Delivering Preparedness Program…

JACKSONVILLE, FL - August 18, 2014 - Over the past four months, CSX’s Safety Train: Energy Preparedness Program, with rolling classrooms and specialized hands-on training, has trained more than 1,300 first responders from more than 250 organizations in more than a dozen cities and towns, in partnership with the Firefighters Training and Education Foundation.  Read more…

August 18, 2014 – 12:00 - Illinois Railway Workers Join Ranks of BLET…

CLEVELAND, OH – August 18, 2014 - The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) announced that the organization scored a short line organizing victory last week as a majority of workers at Illinois Railway voted to make the BLET their designated collective bargaining representative.  Read more…

August 18, 2014 – 12:00 - PA DOT Awards 39 Rail Freight Grants…

HARRISBURG, PA – August 18, 2014 – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced Friday that 39 rail freight improvement projects that will help sustain nearly 34,000 jobs across Pennsylvania were approved for funding from two PennDOT-managed programs.  Read more…

August 13, 2014 – 16:00 - NS Sues Engineer for Sewickley, PA Collision…

PITTSBURGH, PA – August 13, 2014 – Norfolk Southern has launched a lawsuit against the engineer of a train either missed or ignored a signal to slow down on July 2, causing his train to collide with the rear of a second train in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, the railroad company says in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.  Read more…

August 13, 2014 – 15:00 - The Santa Train to Start Amy Grant This November…

KINGSPORT, TN – August 13, 2014 – The Santa Train’s 72nd voyage, slated to operate on CSX Transportation rails between Pikeville, Kentucky, and Kingsport, Tennessee, on November 22, 2014, will feature Grammy Award-winning entertainer, Amy Grant.  Read more…

August 13, 2014 – 09:00 - Kentucky Makes Statewide Rail Plan for Review…

FRANKFORT, KY - August 13, 2014 - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) draft 2014 Kentucky Statewide Rail Plan, which highlights the state’s current passenger and freight rail connections and plans for the future, is ready for review by the public and rail agencies.  Read more…

August 13, 2014 – 09:00 - Amtrak Adds Gulf Coast Rubber Wheel Connections…

CHICAGO, IL – August 13, 2014 – An expanded partnership between Amtrak and two bus carriers can take passengers to and from the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and Amtrak trains in Jackson, Miss., Tuscaloosa, Ala., and New Orleans.  Read more…

August 13, 2014 – 09:00 - GWI Reports 7.3% Carloading Increase in July 2014…

DARIEN, CT - August 13, 2014 – Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) today reported traffic volumes for July 2014 that saw 177,186 carloads moved, an increase of 12,114 carloads, or 7.3%, compared with July 2013.  Read more…

August 13, 2014 – 09:00 - Conrail Gets OK to Demolish Paulsboro Swing Bridge…

federal judge’s ruling allowing the company to demolish a swing bridge that was considered a critical piece of evidence in an infamous 2012 freight train derailment in Gloucester County.  Read more…

August 13, 2014 – 09:00 - Metro-North Nearing End of M8 Car Deliveries…

NEW HAVEN, CT - August 13, 2014 - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro-North’s New Haven Line has four more new M8 rail commuter cars now in service, with a total of 376 new cars now in service in Connecticut.  Read more…

August 11, 2014 – 16:00 - Amtrak Vermonter Shift in MA Set for Late 2014…

GREENFIELD, MA – August 11, 2014 – Amtrak and Pan Am Southern have announced that the Connecticut River Line upgrades are complete and the shift of the Amtrak Vermonter will take place by year’s end.  Read more…

August 11, 2014 – 12:00 - Steamtown Celebrates NPS Birthday with Fee Free Day…

SCRANTON, PA – August 11, 2014 – The National Park Service was created by The Organic Act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916. As the NPS gear-up for the centennial celebration in 2016, Steamtown National Historic Site will join with the more than 400 National Park Service units to celebrate the 98th birthday of “America’s Best Idea” with an Entrance “Fee Free Day” on Monday, August 25!  Read more…

August 11, 2014 – 12:00 - Carolina Southern Could End Up in Full State Ownership…

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – August 11, 2014 – The Carolina Southern Railroad could soon belong to the taxpayers of North and South Carolina as the co-chairmen of a two-state rail committees will meet next month to negotiate the purchase of the shortline railroad.  Read more…

August 8, 2014 – 16:00 - ASLRRA Announces Darr to Succeed Timmons as President…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 8, 2014 – The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) has selected Linda Bauer Darr to succeed Richard Timmons as the Association’s President.  Read more…

August 8, 2014 – 16:00 - LVRM Bethlehem, PA Derailment Reportedly Minor…

BETHLEHEM, PA – August 8, 2014 - Lehigh Valley Rail Management LLC saw a four-car derailment adjacent to the Norfolk Southern Lehigh Line in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Friday afternoon, however no injuries or hazardous materials were reported and the NS line was not impacted by the derailment.  Read more…

August 8, 2014 – 16:00 - NS Michigan Derailment; Another Caused by Tampering…

BATTLE CREEK, MI – August 8, 2014 – For the second time in a week, Norfolk Southern has experienced a derailment which was reportedly caused by tampering with a switch and left five freight cars were derailed at Hinman Rail Yard on August 7.  Read more…

August 8, 2014 – 16:00 - M&E Acquires Ex-BAR EMD Geeps at MMA Auction…

ROCKLAND, ME – August 8, 2014 – The auction for the former Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway locomotives held earlier this week will see many of the units being scrapped for the metals value, however at least four former Bangor & Aroostook Railroad geeps will continue to soldier on and two in Maine, for new owner Morristown &Erie Railroad and subsidiary Maine Eastern Railroad.Read more…

August 8, 2014 – 16:00 - NS Reports Carbon Performance/Environmental Impact Reduction…

NORFOLK, VA – August 9, 2014 - Norfolk Southern has reported its carbon performance and strategic efforts in the past year to lower the railroad’s greenhouse gas emissions, driving improved operating efficiency and customer service.  Read more…

August 8, 2014 – 16:00 - NS Sponsors Crude-by-Rail Emergency Response Class…

NORFOLK, VA – Aug. 8, 2014 – First responders from nine states took part in a Norfolk Southern-sponsored crude-by-rail emergency response class recently at the Association of American Railroads’ Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC) in Pueblo, Colorado.  Read more…

August 6, 2014 – 06:00 - NS Kentucky Collision Investigation Eyes Tampering…

GEORGETOWN, KY – August 6, 2014 – Georgetown police and Norfolk Southern continue to investigate the possibility that tampering may have caused a rail car to move from AK Steel into the path of a southbound NS train, leading to a collision and the derailment of the loaded steel coil car.  Read more…

August 6, 2014 – 06:00 - VRE Potomac Shores Station Ground Breaking Ceremony…

August 6, 2014 – 06:00 – On Thursday, July 31, 2014, members of the Board of County Supervisors participated in the groundbreaking for the new Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Potomac Shores station, which is being built by SunCal as a public-private partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide necessary transportation infrastructure and a key amenity to SunCal’s Potomac Shores community.  Read more…

August 6, 2014 – 06:00 - NCDOT Piedmont Improvement Prorgram Milestone…

RALEIGH, NC – August 6, 2014  - Passengers along the Raleigh to Charlotte rail corridor will be able to directly experience some of the benefits of the Piedmont Improvement Program following a project milestone last week.  Read more…

August 6, 2014 – 06:00 - SEDA-COG to Ceremoniously Dedicate Loyalsock Bridge…

LEWISBURG, PA – August 6, 2014 – Pennsylvania’s SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority (JRA) will dedicate a newly constructed Loyalsock Creek Railroad Bridge in a special ceremony on Wednesday, August 13.  Read more…

August 5, 2014 – 16:00 - MMA Locomotives Sold at Auction in Maine on Tuesday…

MILO, ME – August 5, 2014 – Thirty-five former Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway locomotives, including the only two painted in the attractive maroon and gold scheme, were sold on Tuesday at the railway’s former Derby Shops in Milo, Maine.  Read more…

August 5, 2014 – 16:00 - NS Train Collides with Runaway Rail Car in Kentucky…

GEORGETOWN, KY – August 5, 2014 - A runaway coil car collided with a southbound Norfolk Southern train in Georgetown, Kentucky, on Monday afternoon, damaging one locomotive and destroying the rail car involved, fortunately with no injuries reported.  Read more… 

August 4, 2014 – 16:00 - Amtrak Expands Pilot Pet Project on Illinois Routes…

CHICAGO, IL – August 4, 2014 – Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation (Illinois DOT) are adding the Chicago-Champaign-Carbondale route of the Illini and Saluki trains to a pilot project that allows travelers to bring their pets along on trips to and from Chicago and Downstate Illinois.  Read more…

August 1, 2014 – 16:00 - GWI Reports Second Quarter Financial Gains…

DARIEN, CT – August 1, 2014 - Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) reported second quarter financial results today, showing that adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $1.12, a 10.9% increase in adjusted diluted EPS; Reported diluted EPS were $1.07, a 6.1% decrease in reported diluted EPS.  Read more…

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