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April 2014 Daily News

April 24, 2014 – 10:00 - CSX Safety Train Taking to the Rails in May…

JACKSONVILLE, FL - April 24, 2014 - CSX’s Safety Train: Energy Preparedness Program, with rolling classrooms and specialized hands-on training, will soon take to the rails on an expanded first responder training initiative.  Read more…

April 24, 2014 – 10:00 - Amtrak Announces National Train Day Activities…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 24, 2014 – The seventh annual National Train Day on Saturday, May 10, 2014, has its best-ever slate of programming, with 210 locations in 43 states already signed up to celebrate why Trains Matter.  Read more…

April 24, 2014 – 10:00 - CSX Florida Local Train Collides with Log Truck…

PLANT CITY, FL – April 24, 2014 – A CSX Transportation crew escaped injuries on Wednesday after a logging truck collided with a CSXT local train in Plant City, Florida at State Road 39 and Moriczville Lane.  Read more…

April 24, 2014 – 10:00 - Canada Proposes Rules to Phase Out DOT-111 Tanks…

OTTAWA, ON – April 24, 2014 – Canada’s transportation minister announced Wednesday a three-year phase out or retrofit of the DOT-111 type of rail tank cars that have notably been involved in several fiery derailments in the last year.  Read more…

April 24, 2014 – 10:00 - MBCR Fitchburg Line Weekend Disruption Begins 4/26…

FITCHBURG, MA – April 24, 2014 – Weekend commuter rail service along the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Fitchburg Line for some stations will be suspended from April 26 through June 29.  Read more…

April 24, 2014 – 10:00 - CN Reports 1Q Earnings That Topped Expectations…

MONTREAL, QC – April 24, 2014 – Canadian National Railway reported first-quarter earnings that topped expectations on Tuesday and reaffirmed its 2014 financial outlook, even as an extremely cold winter hampered operations.  Read more…

April 23, 2014 – 10:00 - CMQR to Employ CIT Group Leased Locos for Startup…

BANGOR, ME – April 23, 2014 – The new Central Maine & Quebec Railway is readying to take over operations on the former Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway on or about May 1, 2014 and is settling in on motive power similar to that which was standardized on the former RailAmerica properties.  Read more…

April 23, 2014 – 08:00 - Anacostia Rail Holdings Announces Management Additions…

CHICAGO, IL – April 23, 2014 - Anacostia Rail Holdings, Inc. announced two additions to the management teams at Pacific Harbor Line and Louisville & Indiana operating rail companies.  Read more…

April 23, 2014 – 08:00 - AAR Reports PTC Implementation Delayed by Antennas…

WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 23, 2014 – In a new report updating the industry’s progress on installing Positive Train Control (PTC), the nation’s freight railroads said that a year-long moratorium on installing 20,000 communication antennas imposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), followed by a lengthy federal approval process mandated by the agency, has seriously delayed the implementation of nationwide interoperable PTC.  Read more…

April 23, 2014 – 08:00 - MBTA HSP-46s Enter Service, More Enroute…

BOSTON, MA – April 23, 2014 – MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott was at North Station last week when the first of forty new Commuter Rail HSP-46 locomotives went into service on the Haverhill Line.  Read more…

April 23, 2014 – 08:00 - Kan Rail to Begin Ohio Transload Terminal Operations…

WAPAKONETA, OH – April 23, 2014 – Kan Rail, Inc., an Ohio corporation (“KAN”), has notified the Surface Transportation Board that the new company has agreed to lease and operate trackage at a transloading terminal in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  Read more…

April 23, 2014 – 08:00 – NS Reports Lower 1Q 2014 Numbers vs. 2013 Results…

NORFOLK, VA - April 23, 2014 - Norfolk Southern reported first-quarter net income of $368 million, or $1.17 per diluted share, compared with $450 million, or $1.41 per diluted share, earned in the same period of 2013.  Read more…

April 22, 2014 – 15:00 - Amtrak Unveils Pair of GenSet Locos for D.C. Use…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 22, 2014 – Amtrak is doing more to solidify its energy efficiency and highlighting a project this Earth Day that replaces the engines in two locomotives with new energy-efficient generator sets at terminals that switch railcars between trains and in shop facilities.  Read more…

April 22, 2014 – 15:00 - RJ Corman Introduces Tier 4-Compliant Locomotives…

LEXINGTON, KY – April 22, 2014 – In celebration of Earth Day, R. J. Corman Railpower Locomotives is pleased to announce that its products just got greener with the introduction of Tier 4-compliant locomotives.  Read more…

April 22, 2014 – 15:00 - CSX Celebrates Earth Day with Electronics Recycling…

JACKSONVILLE, FL - April 22, 2014 – CSX employees are joining together this month in celebration of Earth Day and CSX’s longstanding commitments to sustainability.  Read more…

April 21, 2014 – 09:00 - Georgia Updating State Rail Plan in Public Meetings…

VALDOSTA, GA – April 21, 2014 – Georgia Department of Transportation representatives held a meeting last Thursday in Valdosta, Georgia, to explain the purpose of the 2014 Statewide Rail Plan and hear what the public wants and needs from their rail system.  Read more…

April 21, 2014 – 06:00 - MassDOT Awards $2.5M for Industrial Rail Projects…

BOSTON, MA – April 21, 2014- Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Governor Patrick Administration last week announced the awarding of seven grants totaling $2.5 million for industrial rail projects as part of the 2014 Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP).  Read more…

April 21, 2014 – 06:00 - INRD, CSR Initiating Biofuel from Used Railroad Ties…

NEW BRIGHTON, MN – April 21, 2014 – The Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR) and Indiana Rail Road announced on April 14 that they are initiating research on conversion of used railroad ties into an advanced biofuel.  Read more…

April 21, 2014 – 06:00 - Port Manatee Unveils New GenSet Locomotives…

PORT MANATEE, FL – April 21, 2014 – Port Manatee, Florida’s railroad operations are a little ‘greener’ as they unveil a pair of GenSet locomotives for service on the Port-owned trackage.  Read more…

April 21, 2014 – 06:00 - CSX Spur Could Handle Cars by the Fall of 2014…

MASSENA, NY – April 21, 2014 – A CSX Transportation spur line is taking shape in Massena, New York, with the intention of traffic plying the rails by the fall of 2014.  Read more…

April 21, 2014 – 06:00 - Metra Begins Major Track Maintenance Projcect…

CHICAGO, IL – April 21, 2014 – Metra has issued a construction scheduled for midday service on the Metra Electric District for a major track maintenance project slated to have begun on April 17.  Read more…

April 21, 2014 – 06:00 - Metro-North Upgrading New Haven Power Supply…

RYE, NY – April 21, 2014 - Metro-North Railroad workers began work this weekend to upgrade the power supply for the New Haven line following last fall’s crippling power outage.   Read more…

April 17, 2014 – 18:00 - Cincinnati Eastern Terminal Railway to Begin Service…

CINCINNATI, OHIO- The newest shortline operation for Frontier Rail is set to start operations on April 27, 2014, as the new Cincinnati Eastern Terminal Railway (reporting mark CCET) takes over operation of the Norfolk Southern’s Cincinnati District via a lease agreement.  Read more…

April 17, 2014 – 18:00 - Streamliners at Spencer Adds UP, CNW Cabs to Event…

SPENCER, NC – April 17, 2014 – From the “Golden State” of California to the “Windy City” of Chicago, two new locomotive additions to the N.C. Transportation Museum’s “Streamliners at Spencer” festival have pulled trains in some of the busiest parts of the country.  Read more…

April 17, 2014 – 06:00 - Steam Railroading Institute Announces Train Expo Locos…

OWOSSO, MI – April 17, 2014 – The Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Michigan, has announced a full compliment of steam locomotives for this summer’s Train Expo 2014.  Read more…

April 17, 2014 – 06:00 - Amtrak, MDOT and FRA Launch Plans for Susquehanna Bridge…

PERRYVILLE, MD – April 17, 2014 – Amtrak, in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), has launched a preliminary engineering study for rehabilitation or possible replacement of the 108-year-old Susquehanna River Rail Bridge between Perryville and Havre de Grace, Maryland.  Read more…

April 17, 2014 – 06:00 - Huron Central Derailment Wrecks Locos, No Injuries…

SUDBURY, ON – April 17, 2014 – A Huron Central train derailment late on Monday night near Nairn Centre, Ontario, prompted the Sudbury and District Health Unit to issue a drinking water advisory for residents who draw water from the Spanish River or from wells nearby, after a locomotive spilled diesel fuel into a creek that feeds the river.  Read more…

April 15, 2014 – 10:00 - CSX First Quarter Reports Lower Net Earnings…

JACKSONVILLE, FL – April 15, 2014 – CSX Corporation announced first-quarter net earnings of $398 million, or $0.40 per share, down from $462 million, or $0.45 per share in the same quarter of 2013.  Read more…

April 11, 2014 – 10:00 - GWRR Reports Traffic Increases for 1Q, March 2014…

DARIEN, CT – April 11, 2014 – Genesee & Wyoming Inc. today reported traffic volumes for March 2014 and the first quarter of 2014, with a nearly 10% increase in carloadings for March and almost 4% increase for the first quarter vs. 2013 results.  Read more…

April 11, 2014 – 10:00 - Amtrak Weekend Downeaster Service Disruption…

BOSTON, MA – April 11, 2014 – Amtrak’s Downeaster service will be interrupted this Saturday and Sunday because crews in Massachusetts will be doing extensive track work on the section between Boston and Haverhill, Massachusetts.  Read more…

April 11, 2014 – 10:00 - Judge Denies MBCR Attempt to Block Keolis Takeover…

BOSTON, MA – April 11, 2014 – The Massachusetts Suffolk Superior Court judge has denied a request by the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co. to block the state’s lucrative commuter rail deal, clearing the way for the MBTA to transfer control of the region’s commuter rail system to Keolis Commuter Services.  Read more

April 11, 2014 – 10:00 - Amtrak Applauds Operation Lifesaver’s New Campaign…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 11, 2014 – Amtrak joins Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI), the Association of American Railroads and other railroads in raising awareness about safety near railroad tracks through See Tracks? Think Train!  Read more…

April 11, 2014 – 10:00 - Amtrak Rockford, IL Service to Launch in 2015…

ROCKFORD, IL – April 11, 2014 - Governor Pat Quinn Thursday announced a $223 million state capital investment that will create hundreds of jobs and restart Amtrak service between Rockford and Chicago beginning in 2015.  Read more…

April 11, 2014 – 10:00 - CN, VIA Rail – Still No Buyer for New Brunswick Line…

BATHURST, NB – April 11, 2014 – Canadian National Railway will soon present the results of its efforts to sell one of its sections railway in New Brunswick, whose abandonment can compromise VIA Rail’s Ocean passenger service.  Read more…

April 9, 2014 – 13:00 - GMRC Caboose Getting Renewed Life for Pan Am…

CHESTER, VT – April 9, 2014 – A long-time iconic Green Mountain Railroad caboose on display in Chester, Vermont, may be getting a new lease on life in the coming weeks as plans have been formulated to return the nearly three-quarter-of-a-century-old caboose to service.  Read more…

April 9, 2014 – 12:00 - Nine Bridge Projects on Tap for SEDA-COG Rail Authority…

LEWISBURG, PA – April 9, 2014 – Nine of the highest priority bridges in the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority’s (JRA) system will be restored with a grant from the Pennsylvania Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP).  Read more…

April 9, 2014 – 12:00 - 60 2014 Excursions Planned by SEDA-COG JRA in PA…

BELLEFONTE, PA – April 9, 2014 – Sixty rail excursions will be held in Central Pennsylvania on the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority’s (JRA) system this year, beginning May 24 in Shamokin and concluding December 21 in Bellefonte.   Read more…

April 9, 2014 – 12:00 - NEC ‘Critical National Asset’ and Economic Engine…

WASHINGTON – A new report details how the Northeast Corridor (NEC), carrying 750,000 daily Amtrak and commuter passengers, is a critical national asset, an economic engine for the U.S. and contributes about $50 billion a year to the national economy.  Read more…

April 9, 2014 – 12:00 - Operation Lifesaver Launches New Public Service Campaign…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 9, 2014 – Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) has launched a new public service advertising (PSA) campaign called See Tracks? Think Train! which aims to reduce pedestrian and driver injuries and fatalities around railroad tracks by highlighting behaviors that put people at risk.  Read more…

April 9, 2014 – 12:00 - VIA Rail Announces Upgraded Business Class Service…

MONTREAL, QC – April 9, 2014  - Business class travelers on VIA Rail’s Corridor routes can now experience many of the upgrades recently made to its Business class service – refurbished lounges, a more spacious environment on-board, a greener and more comfortable trip, new meals and more personalized service.  Read more…

April 9, 2014 – 12:00 - Amtrak Awards Hudson Line Project Oversight Contract…

PITTSBURGH, PA – April 9, 2014 - The National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak) has awarded Michael Baker Jr., Inc., an engineering unit of Michael Baker International, a three-year, $4.2 million dollar contract to provide construction management and inspection services for five major projects as part of the New York State Department of Transportation and Amtrak Hudson Line Improvements Program.  Read more…

April 9, 2014 – 12:00 - FRA Intends to Issue Rule Requiring 2-Person Crews…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 9, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced its intention to issue a proposed rule requiring two-person train crews on crude oil trains and establishing minimum crew size standards for most main line freight and passenger rail operations.  Read more…

April 4, 2014 – 11:00 - CT Seeks I-91 Commuter Rail Corridor Operator…

HARTFORD, CT – April 4, 2014 – Governor Dannel P. Malloy has announced a significant milestone in progress to provide more robust commuter service on the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line: the state will be seeking proposals from railroad companies to begin operating the service in 2016.  Read more…

April 4, 2014 – 11:00 - Maine Narrow Gauge RR On Track for Gray Move…

PORTLAND, ME – April 4, 2014 – The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum will take a “major step forward toward relocating operations to Gray,” according to a press release, as a ceremony is planned on Friday, April 11, at 11:30 a.m. at the site of a proposed new museum and train station at the Gray Plaza on Portland Road in the Town of Gray.  Read more…

April 4, 2014 – 11:00 - NS Releases Full 2014 21st Century Steam Schedule…

NORFOLK, VA – April 4, 2014 – A new season of “21st Century Steam” train excursions has launched, with Norfolk Southern Corporation and partners Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society scheduling 18 excursions in seven states from April through July.  Read more…

April 4, 2014 – 11:00 - NS, FWHS Release NKP #765 Spring/Summer Schedule…

FORT WAYNE, IN – April 4, 2014 - The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, Inc. and Norfolk Southern Corp are proud to announce the 2014 spring and summer excursion schedule for steam locomotive no. 765.  Read more…

April 4, 2014 – 11:00 - CSX Announces Chemical Safety Excellence Awards…

JACKSONVILLE, FL – April 4, 2014 - CSX this week announced the winners of its 20th annual Chemical Safety Excellence Award, representing dozens of customers recognized by CSX for their commitment to safe transportation of hazardous materials by rail.  Read more…

April 4, 2014 – 10:00 - NYSW Iconic F45 Evaluated for Scrapping at Utica…

UTICA, NY – April 4, 2014 – The New York, Susquehanna & Western is currently having scrappers evaluate three more units that could begin being dismantled as early as next week, including F45 #3636.  Read more…

April 4, 2014 – 08:00 - PHOTO: Amtrak New Viewliner Inspection Car…

CHICAGO, IL – April 4, 2014 – Amtrak has found another use for one of its Viewliner cars in the release of the passenger carrier’s latest Track Inspection Car, the “American View”.  Read more…

April 4, 2014 – 08:00 - NCTM Hosting Special Night Photo Session on April 5…

SPENCER, NC – April 4, 2014 – A special preview night photo shoot, a sneak-peak of sorts of the upcoming Streamliners at Spencer night photo opportunities, will be offered at the N.C. Transportation Museum Saturday, April 5 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Read more…

April 4, 2014 – 08:00 - Amtrak Recruiting Veterans for “America’s Railroad®”…

NEW ORLEANS, LA – April 4, 2014 – Amtrak is actively recruiting the thousands of veterans who are returning to civilian life and inviting them to bring their leadership, strong work ethic and high-tech skills to America’s Railroad®, said President and CEO Joe Boardman, a Vietnam veteran.  Read more…

April 4, 2014 – 08:00 - OmniTRAX Announces ASLRRA Jake Award Honors…

DENVER, CO – April 4, 2014 - Thirteen of the railroads operated by OmniTRAX, Inc., one of North America’s leading short line rail companies, earned 2013 safety commendations from the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA).  Read more…

April 2, 2014 – 12:00 - Evansville Western, CSX Open New Florida Terminal...

WINTER HAVEN, FL – April 2, 2014 – Evansville Western Railway, an affiliate of CSX, today announced the start of operations at the state-of-the-art intermodal terminal located just off State Road 60 in Winter Haven, Florida.  Read more…

April 2, 2014 – 11:00 - INDOT Looks to Privatize Hoosier State Service…

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – April 2, 2014 – The Indiana Department of Transportation has put out an open-ended request for proposals to privatize all or part of Amtrak’s Hoosier State train service between Chicago and Indianapolis.  Read more…

April 2, 2014 – 11:00 - Wabtec Signs $16.6M PTC Contract with Alaska RR…

WILMERDING, PA – April 2, 2014 – Pennsylvania-based Wabtec Corporation has signed contracts for $16.6 million with Alaska Railroad Corporation to provide Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment and services, including computer-aided dispatch and back office systems.  Read more…

April 2, 2014 – 11:00 - NCTM Streamliners at Spencer Picks Up Steam…

SPENCER, NC – April 2, 2014 – The 20th locomotive appearing at the N.C. Transportation Museum’s upcoming Streamliners at Spencer will add some serious steam to the event.  Read more…

April 1, 2014 – 06:11 - N&W 611 Moving to NCTM for Restoration in May…

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – April 1, 2014 – The Virginia Museum of Transportation today announced the Norfolk & Western Class J 611 Steam Passenger Locomotive—known affectionately as the Spirit of Roanoke—is ready to head to Spencer, N.C. for restoration.   Read more…

April 1, 2014 – 10:00 - SunRail Free Service for Passengers Starting May 1… 

SANFORD, FL – April 1, 2014 – SunRail, Central Florida’s new commuter rail system, will provide free rides for passengers for two weeks beginning the first day of service on May 1.  Read more…

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