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October 2014 Daily News

October 31, 2014 – 08:00 – FEC Taking Delivery of First Batch of New ES44C4s…

JACKSONVILLE, FL – October 30, 2014 – Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) is about to take delivery of the first group of the 24 new Tier 3 locomotives, acquired from GE Transportation (GE).   Read more…

October 31, 2014 – 08:00 – Canaveral Port Auth. Seeks Input on Rail Restoration…

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – October 31, 2014 – The Canaveral Port Authority says that the public will have an opportunity to give input on a proposal to have direct rail service to and from the north cargo area connecting to the Florida East Coast Railway.  Read more…

October 31, 2014 – 08:00 – CP Sudbury Derailment Cause Reported by TSB…

TORONTO, ON – October 31, 2014  – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its findings in a report that identified the catastrophic failure of a roller bearing and subsequent burnt-off axle journal on the first car behind the locomotives as contributing factors in a June 2013 derailment near Sudbury, Ontario.  Read more…

October 30, 2014 – 06:00 – Algoma Central Passenger Service Could be Saved…

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – October 30, 2014 – Algoma Central Railway’s (ACR) passenger service may still have a shot at being saved, however deadlines to account for the potential loss of the $2.2-million government subsidy are rapidly approaching.  Read more…

October 30, 2014 – 06:00 – Amtrak Downeaster to Call on Kennebunk, ME…

KENNEBUNK, ME – October 29, 2014 – Amtrak’s Downeaster trains will begin calling on the Kennebunk, Maine depot during the summer of 2015 or in 2016, restoring seasonal passenger service to the town for the first time in nearly 50 years.  Read more…

October 30, 2014 – 06:00 – AAR Announces Environmental Excellence Awards…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 30, 2014 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) awarded the 2014 Professional Environmental Excellence Award, which is the highest honor for environmental professionals in the railroad industry, to BNSF Railway Manager of Environmental Remediation David Smith.  Read more…

October 29, 2014 – 16:00 – Amtrak Signal Maintainer Struck, Killed in New York…

GERMANTOWN, NY – October 29, 2014 – An Amtrak signal maintainer is dead after he was hit and killed by one of the trains operating on the Amtrak Hudson Line Wednesday morning in Germantown, New York.  Read more…

October 29, 2014 – 12:00 – CN Begins Using Gary, IN Runway By-pass Track…

GARY, IN – October 29, 2014 -The Gary/Chicago International Airport has celebrated a major milestone in its Runway Expansion Project with the opening of the Canadian National Railway by-pass track, which paves the way for a runway expansion project at the airport.    Read more…

October 29, 2014 – 12:00 – LIRR Great Neck Track and Bridge Replacement Contracted…

GREAT NECK, NY – October 29, 2014 – The Long Island Committee of the MTA Board approved an initial $24.9 million contract for the extension of a pocket track east of the Long Island Rail Road’s Great Neck Station and the replacement of the 115-year- old Colonial Road Bridge, a three-year project and key component of the LIRR’s East Side Access Readiness Plan.  Read more…

October 29, 2014 – 12:00 – Cronus Fertilizers to Construct on IL CSX Select Site…

 Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by company officials to announce that Cronus Fertilizers, a much-anticipated $1.4 billion fertilizer plant, will be built in Tuscola, Illinois on a CSX Select Site.  Read more…

October 29, 2014 – 12:00 – All Aboard Florida Begins Fort Lauderdale Construction…

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – October 29, 2014 – Today marked the start of construction for All Aboard Florida’s downtown Fort Lauderdale station with the existing building being demolished so construction on the nearly 60,000 square foot station and platform can begin.  Read more…

October 29, 2014 – 12:00 – Canada’s TSB Issues Decisive Safety Measures for Railways…

OTTAWA, ON – October 29, 2014  – Canada’s Minister of Transport, Lisa Raitt, today announced decisive measures to address the Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s (TSB) recommendations stemming from its final report on the Lac-Mégantic train derailment.  Read more…

October 29, 2014 – 06:00 – Amtrak Collision with Truck in IN Caused 14 Injuries…

REYNOLDS, IN – October 29, 2014 – A Chicago-bound Hoosier State Amtrak train collided with a truck hauling cement on Tuesday morning in the town of Reynolds, Indiana, splitting the truck in two, damaging the lead Amtrak locomotive and causing 14 injuries to passengers aboard the train.  Read more…

October 29, 2014 – 06:00 – Illinois Investment in NS, BNSF-Served Mid-America Port…

QUINCY, IL – October 29, 2014 – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced an investment to help develop the Mid-America Port along the Mississippi River in Quincy.  Read more…

October 29, 2014 – 06:00 – SLR Gets STB Approval to DC Service to Deering, ME…

AUBURN, ME – October 29, 2014 – The US Surface Transportation Board has granted the petition by the St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad Company (SLR) to discontinue service over approximately 24.23 miles of rail line owned by the State of Maine, located between milepost 1.74 near Deering, and milepost 25.97 at the town line between New Gloucester and Auburn, Maine.  Read more…

October 29, 2014 – 06:00 – Amtrak Establishes Panel to Address Chicago Gridlock…

WASHINGTON – Amtrak is establishing a blue ribbon panel of rail and transportation leaders to identify infrastructure and operational improvements to address the rail traffic gridlock in Chicago.  Read more…

October 28, 2014 – 06:00 – DL&S Reaches Agreement to Operate Stourbridge Line…

HONESDALE, PA – October 28, 2014 – A new operator is getting ready to make a go of the Stourbridge Railroad Company trackage in northeastern Pennsylvania, as the Delaware Laxawaxen & Stourbridge Railroad Company Corporation (DL&S), has reached an agreement with line’s owner to become a Class III rail carrier and commence operations.  Read more…

October 28, 2014 – 06:00 – MTA Names Former NTSB Member to Chief Safety Officer…

NEW YORK, NY – October 28, 2014 – The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on Monday announced that it has named former National Transportation Safety Board member David L. Mayer as the agency’s new Chief Safety Officer.  Read more…

October 27, 2014 – 12:00 – Canada’s TSB Tells Railroads to Report Occurrences…

GATINEAU, QC – October 27, 2014  – A review of reportable rail occurrences conducted by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada has identified late and missing accident information from the three railway companies it examined.  Read more…

October 27, 2014 – 12:00 – CSX Train Derailed in TN by Broken Levee…

CAMDEN, TN – October 27, 2014 – CSX Transportation reports that a westbound train operating between Nashville and Bruceton, Tennessee, derailed last night after a levee for a newly built pond failed, washing away the right-of-way and causing the locomotives and 15 cars of its train to succumb to the ensuing washout.   Read more…

October 27, 2014 – 12:00 – Amtrak Strong FY2014 Despite Freight Congestion…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 27, 2014  – Amtrak posted record ticket revenues for its Fiscal Year 2014 ending Sept. 30, and achieved an increase in ridership over the prior fiscal year, reflecting strong continued demand for passenger rail.   Read more…

October 27, 2014 – 06:00 – Cass Scenic Officially Handed Over to DGVR…

CASS, WV – October 27, 2014 – The West Virginia Department of Commerce – the parent agency of the Department of Natural Resources and the West Virginia State Park system – transferred Cass Scenic Railroad State Park railroad operations to the State Rail Authority (SRA) under an agreement that was finalized last Thursday.  Read more…

October 27, 2014 – 06:00 – Amtrak Modifies Capitol Ltd Train Amid NS Congestion…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 26, 2014 – Amtrak has announced that due to delays caused by extreme freight train interference on the Norfolk Southern in Ohio and Indiana, the passenger carrier is making equipment changes on the Capitol Limited, Trains 29 and 30.  Read more…

October 26, 2014 – 06:00 – Canaveral Port Authority Files to Construct Rail Line…

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – October 26, 2014 – The Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) plans to file a request with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) for authority to construct and operate approximately 11 miles of new rail line to Port Canaveral (Port) in Brevard County, Florida.  Read more…

October 26, 2014 – 06:00 – CSX Plans 2015 Construction Launch on PA Terminal…

PITTSBURGH, PA – October 26, 2014 – CSX Transportation is expecting to create hundreds of jobs as it launches construction on its $50 to 60 million new McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Intermodal Rail Terminal.  Read more…

October 26, 2014 – 06:00 – NSMRRA Secures Funds to Acquire Grenada Railway…

JACKSON, MS – October 26, 2014 – The North Central Mississippi Regional Railroad Authority (NCMRRA) has notified the US Surface Transportation Board that it is seeking an additional 60-day extension from their previously approved extension to October 27, for the closure on the acquisition of the Grenada Railway.  Read more…

October 26, 2014 – 06:00 – INDOT Working on Trying to Transition Hoosier Service…

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – October 26, 2014 – Amtrak’s Hoosier State trains are continuing to operate on a four-month operating extension, while the Indiana Department of Transportation faces multiple hurdles in trying to meet a February 1 deadline to turn the Hoosier State rail line over Chicago-based Corridor Capital LLC.  Read more…

October 26, 2014 – 06:00 – Iowa Pacific Acquires Ex-IC E9As; Plans to Paint Both…

CHICAGO, IL – October 26, 2014 – Iowa Pacific Holdings was recently successful in acquiring both of the former Illinois Central Railroad executive E9A locomotives, IC #100 and 101, through a Canadian National Railway auction.  Read more…

October 26, 2014 – 06:00 – CP, Marine Corp. Plan for 2014 Toys for Tots Train…

ALBANY, NY – October 25, 2014 – The 2014 Marine Corps. Toys for Tots train is again scheduled to ply the Canadian Pacific Railways Northeast United States (NEUS) Delaware & Hudson subsidiary in early December.  Read more…

October 25, 2014 – 16:00 – CSX Scrutinized Over Thursday’s Selkirk Yard Derailment…

SELKIRK, NY – October 25, 2014 – An investigation into the derailment of 18 cars within the confines of CSX Transportation’s Selkirk Yard on Thursday evening determined that a misplaced piece of safety equipment caused the slow-motion derailment, as county lawmakers push for more stringent reporting of such incidents at the county level.  Read more…

October 25, 2014 – 16:00 – Greenbrier Express Officially Ended by Thursday Auction…

POTTSTOWN, PA – October 25, 2014 – Ross Rowland’s Greenbrier Express service officially died on the auction block on Thursday, after the nine passenger cars, associated equipment and tools were sold in Pottstown, Pennsylvania by Blackmon Auctions.  Read more…

October 25, 2014 – 16:00 – CP 2014 Holiday Train Schedules, Stops Announced…

CALGARY, AB – October 25, 2014 - The Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train program is returning to the rails for a 16th year to raise money, food, and awareness for food banks and hunger issues across Canada and the United States.  Read more…

October 25, 2014 – 16:00 – Palmetto Railways Offers Award for Stolen Rail…

CHARLESTON, SC – October 25, 2014 – Palmetto Railways, based in Charleston, South Carolina, is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for stealing 26 sections of steel rail from Noisette Creek on the old Navy Base.  Read more…

October 25, 2014 – 16:00 – CN Expanding Heavy Crude Export to New NB Terminal…

BELLEDUNE, NB – October 25, 2014 – Canadian National Railway is gearing up for more heavy crude oil export shipments as Secure Energy Services Inc. is working to open a new outlet for landlocked Alberta crude on Canada’s East Coast, while big pipelines face mounting political and commercial opposition in Ontario and Quebec.  Read more…

October 25, 2014 – 16:00 – NS, Metra, Amtrak Celebrate Englewood Flyover Opening…

ENGLEWOOD, IL – October 25, 2014 – Federal, state and local officials on Thursday celebrated the opening of the $142 million Englewood flyover, a major railroad bridge that has eliminated a significant source of train delays on the south side of Chicago and has reduced emissions and noise from idling trains in the neighborhood.  Read more…

October 25, 2014 – 16:00 – Connecticut “Hartford Line” Name, Projects Announced…

HARTFORD, CT – October 25, 2014 – Connecticut’s Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) on Friday announced the start of construction for new train stations in Wallingford, Meriden and Berlin as part of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield (NHHS) Rail Program.  Read more…

October 23, 2014 – 06:00 – Amtrak Grand Rapids, MI Station Opens Monday…

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – October 23, 2014 – Amtrak’s new Grand Rapids, Michigan, station is set to begin serving passengers on Monday, October 27, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.  Read more…

October 23, 2014 – 06:00 – G&U Again Facing Complaints from Pellet Yard Abutters…

UPTON, MA – October 23, 2014 – The Grafton and Upton Railroad is again being scrutinized by local residents, albeit in a closed door meeting that took place between three rail yard abutters in West Upton and Massachusetts Senator Michael O. Moore, with rail officials being excluded from the talks.  Read more…

October 23, 2014 – 06:00 – MBTA: Chinese Firm in Springfield, MA to Build Subway Cars…

SPRINGFIELD, MA – October 23, 2014 – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced that the MBTA will present to the Board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) the recommended company to manufacture and deliver 284 new subway cars for the Red and Orange Lines in Springfield, MA, replacing decades-old vehicles.  Read more…

October 23, 2014 – 06:00 – Quebec Forms SFNQ to Study Labrador Trough Line…

MONTREAL, QC – October 23, 2014 – The board of Champion Iron Limited is pleased to advise that the Government of Québec and Lac Otelnuk Mining Ltd., a joint venture between Adriana Resources and WISCO International Resources Development & Investment Limited, have formed a partnership with Champion, “La Société ferroviaire du Nord québécois, société en commandite” (“SFNQ”).  Read more…

October 23, 2014 – 06:00 – GSMR Steam Work Progressing; GP30u Arrives…

BRYSON CITY, NC – October 22, 2014 – The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad reports that October has been an extremely busy month ant that despite daily double runs and weekend events, work on the GSMR 2-8-0 Consolidation #1702 and the GSMR’s newest locomotive, a former BNSF, ex-Santa Fe, GP30u.  Read more…

October 23, 2014 – 06:00 – NCDOT Seeks Bid Proposals for 13-mile P&N Line…

RALEIGH, NC – October 23, 2014 – The N.C. Department of Transportation is now seeking bid proposals from qualified short-line operators to operate the 13-mile Piedmont & Northern Railway from Gastonia to Mount Holly in Gaston County following Patriot Rail’s announcement in June that it would be terminating its lease of the railroad.  Read more…

October 22, 2014 – 12:00 – PAR Curtain Call from Keag After Last Freight Today…

WATERVILLE, ME – October 22, 2014 – Pan Am Railway’s Freight Mainline from mile 0 to mile 51 will see a curtain call of sorts when the last planned freight to operate between Mattawamkeag and Bangor rolls westbound today.  Read more…

October 22, 2014 – 12:00 – Savage to Provide Fueling Services to CSX at 30 Sites…

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – October 22, 2014 – Savage today announced an agreement with CSX to provide locomotive fueling services at 30 sites across the CSX network in the eastern United States.  Read more…

October 22, 2014 – 12:00 – NS Reports Record-Setting Third Quarter Numbers…

NORFOLK, VA – October 22, 2014 – Norfolk Southern reported its record-setting third-quarter net income of $559 million, 16 percent higher than $482 million for the same period of 2013.  Read more…

October 22, 2014 – 12:00 – Amtrak ACS-64 Debuts on Keystone Service Trains…

PHILADELPHIA, PA – October 22, 2014 – Passengers on Monday’s Amtrak Keystone Service Train 605 from Philadelphia to Harrisburg were aboard the first Keystone Service train in revenue operation to be powered by the modern and reliable Amtrak Cities Sprinter (ACS-64) electric locomotive.  Read more…

October 21, 2014 – 10:00 – D-L, EL Dining Car Pres. Society Offering Holiday Express…

STROUDSBURG, PA – October 21, 2014 – The Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society, in cooperation with the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad, East Stroudsburg Partnership, and the Delaware Water Gap Station Preservation Partnership, will be running round-trip Holiday Express excursion trains on Saturday, December 13; Sunday, December 14; and Saturday, December 20, 2014; originating at the historic Delaware Water Gap and East Stroudsburg stations.  Read more…

October 21, 2014 – 10:00 – LIRR Introduces Updated “TrainTime” Mobile App…

MANHATTAN, NY – October 21, 2014 – MTA Long Island Rail Road has introduced the newest version of its popular “TrainTime” mobile app with improvements that make it easier than ever for LIRR customers to obtain the most up-to-date train information available.  Read more…

October 21, 2014 – 10:00 – New England Steam Corp. Closer to Moving MEC #470…

WATERVILLE, ME – October 21, 2014 – The New England Steam Corporation is getting closer to moving the Maine Central 4-6-2 #470, long on display in Waterville, Maine, to Ellsworth, Maine for the 5-8-year restoration project to bring it back under steam.  Read more…

October 21, 2014 – 10:00 – Adirondack Scenic RR Corridor Use Comments Sought…

UTICA, NY – October 21, 2014 – The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Transportation (DOT) announced that they are seeking public input through December 15 on a possible amendment to the Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor (the Corridor), which governs the use of the 119-mile Corridor used by the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.  Read more…

October 21, 2014 – 10:00 – FEC First GEs Shipping to Florida Expected Next Week…

JACKSONVILLE, FL – October 21, 2014 – The first group of Florida East Coast Railway General Electric Transportation System ES44P4 locomotives were initially planned to be delivered starting last week, however some minor delays at GE in Erie, have pushed the shipping to the last week of October.  Read more…

October 21, 2014 – 10:00 – Blue Ridge Railcar Repair Expanding VA Operations…

KEYSVILLE, VA – October 21, 2014 – Blue Ridge Railcar Repair, a subsidiary of Patriot Rail Company, is investing $2.41 million to expand its operations in Charlotte County, Virginia, as part of a project which will create 37 new jobs.  Read more…

October 20, 2014 – 15:00 – CP Announces CSX Merger Talks Have Ended…

CALGARY, AB – October 20, 2014 - Canadian Pacific Railway Limited announced today that exploratory conversations held with CSX Corp. about a possible business combination have ended. No further talks are planned.  Read more…

October 20, 2014 – 15:00 – CN Recognized as Climate Performance Leader…

MONTREAL, QC – October 20, 2014 - Canadian National Railway has been awarded a position on The A List: The CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014 in recognition of its action to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the business risks of climate change.  Read more…

October 20, 2014 – 15:00 – FEC, PortMiami Introduce Sunshine Gateway…

JACKSONVILLE, FL – October 20, 2014 – Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) and PortMiami, through a strategic alliance, are offering the Sunshine Gateway service, which includes on-dock intermodal rail capabilities.   Read more…

October 17, 2014 – 06:00 – CT DOT Aiming for Spring 2015 Springfield Line Blitz…

HARTFORD, CT – October 17, 2014 – While no official information has been promoted by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, ERN has learned that the previously mentioned planned closure of the Amtrak Springfield line (Amtrak Springfield Line Shutdown for 6 Months Sought…) for heavy maintenance and track construction work is now slated to commence in the Spring of 2015, if all parties involved are in agreement.  Read more…

October 17, 2014 – 06:00 – Carolina Southern Resurrection Gets “High Ball”…

CONWAY, SC – October 17, 2014 – The idle Carolina Southern Railroad is rapidly moving closer to being resurrected after North and South Carolina county leaders met on Wednesday to discuss the future of 70 miles of railroad that spans the counties.  Read more…

October 17, 2014 – 06:00 – NS Adds Saturday Service to SC Inland Port…

GREER, SC – October 17, 2014 – Norfolk Southern announced that it has added a Saturday outbound train from its Greer Inland Port to Charleston, South Carolina, taking service from the facility to 6 days-per-week.  Read more…

October 17, 2014 – 06:00 – CSX Celebrates Opening of Winter Haven Intermodal…

WINTER HAVEN, FL – October 17, 2014 – CSX Transportation, along with federal, state and local officials, on Thursday celebrated the grand opening of the new Central Florida Intermodal Logistics Center (ILC) in Winter Haven, Florida.  Read more…

October 17, 2014 – 06:00 – HRRC Berkshire Line Purchase by MassDOT Detailed…

BOSTON, MA – October 17, 2014 – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (“MassDOT”) has officially filed notice with the US Surface Transportation Board to acquire from the Berkshire Line from the Housatonic Railroad Company, Inc. (“HRRC”) and Maybrook Railroad Company (“MRC”).  Read more…

October 17, 2014 – 06:00 – PAS Files Closing Remarks on NECR Dispute with STB…

NORTH BILLERICA, MA – October 17, 2014 – Pan Am Southern LLC (“PAS”) has filed their final response pursuant to the US Surface Transportation Board’s decision served on October 2, 2014, and in response to the Reply of New England Central Railroad, Inc. (“NECR”) filed on October 9, 2014 (“NECR Reply”) regarding restrictions being placed on PAS trains using trackage rights on the NECR.  Read more…

October 16, 2014 – 09:00 – NCTM, WVRHS Autumn Train Excursions for Nov…

SPENCER, NC – October 16, 2014 – The N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation and the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum are again sponsoring Autumn Train Excursions, day trips by rail to two destinations, slated for November 1 and 2.  Read more…

October 16, 2014 – 09:00 – Colebrookdale Railroad Special Trips Begin Oct. 18…

BOYERTOWN, PA – October 16, 2014 – The Secret Valley Line operation on the Colebrookdale Railroad unofficially begins this weekend when special “Hayride on the Rails” rides will leave from Boyertown and be undertaken in the restored “1910-era open car;” a circa-1941 caboose and a circa 1927 coach.  Read more…

October 16, 2014 – 09:00 – MBTA DMU Trains Planned to Run to Foxboro, MA…

FOXBORO, MA – October 16, 2014 – Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority recently met with Foxboro Town Manager William Keegan regarding the potential acquisition and operation of the freight line that runs past Gillette Stadium.  Read more…

October 16, 2014 – 09:00 – GWI Reports September Carloading Increase vs. 2013…

DARIEN, CT – October 16, 2014 – Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) reported traffic volumes for September 2014, showing a total of 163,530 carloads, an increase of 7,880 carloads, or 5.1%, compared with September 2013.  Read more…

October 15, 2014 – 09:00 – GWI, VRS Passenger Special for VRAN on Nov. 13…

ST. ALBANS, VT – October 16, 2014 – The Vermont Rail Action Network has chartered a train to operate from Montpelier Jct. to St. Albans, Vermont, on November 13, for the VRAN Annual Meeting.  Read more…

October 14, 2014 – 14:00 – Metra’s Englewood Flyover Unofficially Enters Service…

CHICAGO, IL – October 14, 2014 – Suburban Chicago’s Englewood Flyover bridge unofficially entered service three weeks ago when Metra Rock Island District test trains began plying the mile-long flyover between 63rd Street and Wentworth Avenue in Englewood, IL.  Read more…

October 14, 2014- 14:00 – CN Officially Opens Homewood, IL Training Facility…

HOMEWOOD, IL – October 14, 2014 – Canadian National Railway today officially opened its new 55,000-square-foot employee training center at Homewood, Illinois, in suburban Chicago.  Read more…

October 14, 2014 – 12:00 – Amtrak Analyzing Conn River Ahead of December Service…

SPRINGFIELD, MA – October 14, 2014 – Amtrak has dispatched their Track Structure Assessment Vehicle – T-SAVe – track geometry car north on Pan Am Southern’s Connecticut River Line today from Springfield to East Northfield, Massachusetts, ahead of the planned December reroute of the Amtrak Vermonter trains over the Pan Am route.  Read more…

October 13, 2014 – 10:00 – CSX Says “No Thanks” to a CP Merger Request…

CALGARY, AB – October 13, 2014 – CSX Transportation apparently rebuffed a merger request by Canadian Pacific Railway, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unidentified people who had been briefed on the situation.  Read more…

October 13, 2014 – 10:00 – NH Rail and Trail Authority Launches Online Campaign…

CONCORD, NH – October 13, 2014 – The New Hampshire Rail and Trail Authority has launched a new online campaign in advance of the anticipated release of a $3.7 million commuter rail study.  Read more…

October 13, 2014 – 09:00 – LIRR Weekend Service to be Affected at Rockville Centre…

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NY – October 13, 2014 – MTA Long Island Rail Road announced that track work planned for the weekend of Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19 in the area of Rockville Centre will impact train service on the Babylon, Montauk, Hempstead and Oyster Bay branches as well as service at St. Albans Station.  Read more…

October 13, 2014 – 09:00 – RAC Promotes Harmonization of Tank Car Requirements…

OTTAWA, ON – October 13, 2014 – Canada’s railways believe that more stringent tank car standards are essential to improving the safety of transporting dangerous goods by rail.  Read more…

October 13, 2014 – 09:00 – NJT Appoints Chief to Office of System Safety…

NEWARK, NJ – October 13, 2014 – The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors have appointed Gardner C. Tabon as the Chief of the recently established Office of System Safety, as part of an initiative to reinvigorate NJ TRANSIT’s corporate-wide safety culture.   Read more…

October 12, 2014 – 06:00 – NECR Files Reply to STB Case in Pan Am Trackage Rights…

ST. ALBANS, VT – October 12, 2014 – NECR filed its response to the motion by the October 9 deadline, as required by the US Surface Transportation Board, in regards to a Pan Am Southern Motion to Show Cause regarding certain impositions on PAS by New England Central Railroad (NECR) between East Northfield, MA and White River Junction, VT.  Read more…

October 12, 2014 – 06:00 – NRHS 2015 Convention Trains Announced for VT, NY…

RUTLAND, VT – October 12, 2014 – The National Railway Historical Society has announced the planned trips to operate on the Vermont Rail System and the Saratoga & North Creek Railroad for the 2015 NRHS Convention, which will be based in Rutland, Vermont.  Read more…

October 11, 2014 – 16:00 – MARC Service Extension Possible for World Series…

BALTIMORE, MD – October 11, 2014 – Baltimore MARC transit riders have asked Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to have the Maryland Transit Administration extend hours of the Camden Line service if the Baltimore Orioles advance to the World Series.  Read more…

October 11, 2014 – 16:00 – Amtrak Announces Special NC State Fair Stops…

WASHINGTON, DC – October 11, 2014 – Amtrak has announced that it will again be the most convenient way to travel to this year’s North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh.  Read more…

October 10, 2014 – 08:00 – FEC Supports Komen North Florida Race for the Cure…

JACKSONVILLE, FL - October 10, 2014 – Florida East Coast Railway (“FECR”) will once again sponsor the Susan G. Komen® North Florida 20th Race for the Cure, using the pair of locomotives painted last year to “keep the breast cancer cause on top of the mind year round”.  Read more…

October 10, 2014 – 06:00 – Metra Plans Fare Increase to Cover Modernization Plan…

CHICAGO, IL – October 10, 2014 – Metra on Thursday outlined a proposed 2015 budget that calls for an average fare increase of 10.8 percent across all fare types to help fund a modernization plan and pay for other rising costs of doing business.  Read more…

October 10, 2014 – 06:00 – CP to Retain Mohawk Yard, Albany-to-Montreal Line…

QUEBEC, QC – October 9, 2014 – The pending sale of the Delaware & Hudson ‘unit’, as was put by E. Hunter Harrison at a recent analyst meeting, will only include the trackage and yards south from Saratoga Springs, New York, but not Mohawk Yard in Schenectady.  Read more…

October 10, 2014 – 06:00 – CP, CN Poised to Export Heavy Crude from East Coast…

MONTREAL, QC – October 10, 2014 – European Union regulators announced on Wednesday that they will not assign carbon-intensity penalties to imported tar sands crude oil, allowing the export of the heavy crude from US terminals, including at least one in New Jersey and potentially the Port of Albany, while more export terminals may be developed.  Read more…

October 10, 2014 – 06:00 – CBNS Discontinuance to go to December Public Hearing…

SYDNEY, NS – October 10, 2014 – Nova Scotia’s provincial Utility and Review Board will host a public hearing in December regarding Genesee & Wyoming’s application to abandon and discontinue its service on the Sydney-to-St. Peters Junction rail line.  Read more…

October 10, 2014 – 06:00 – Carolina Southern Buyer Found, Restoration by Spring…

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – October 10, 2014 – While the potential buyer for the Carolina Southern is not being named, officials in Horry County, SC and Columbus County, NC, say rail service could be restored by Spring of 2015 if the $13.6 million deal now in the works is completed.  Read more…

October 10, 2014 – 06:00 – GWI Announces Several Key Leadership Appointments…

DARIEN, CT – October 10, 2014 – Genesee & Wyoming has announced several important leadership appointments that will further strengthen G&W’s North American and Australian operations, two key positions being filled in the Northeast Region.  Read more…

October 10, 2014 – 06:00 – NCRR Elects New Chair, Vice Chair to Board Seats…

RALEIGH, NC – October 10, 2014 – The North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR) Board of Directors has elected Franklin Rouse Jr. of Leland as Board Chairman, and Robert (Bob) Brown of High Point as Vice Chairman. Mr. Rouse succeeds Duane Long of Raleigh, who served as Chairman since 2013.  Read more…

October 9, 2014 – 09:00 – STB to Require All Class I RRs to Report Weekly…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 9, 2014 – The Surface Transportation Board announced Wednesday that it will now require ALL Class I railroad operators to file public weekly data reports on traffic levels beginning October 22, regarding service performance to promote industry-wide transparency, accountability, and improved service.  Read more…

October 9, 2014 – 08:00 – Amtrak Springfield Line Shutdown for 6 Months Sought…

SPRINGFIELD, MA – October 9, 2014 – In what may be an unprecedented move, the Connecticut Department of Transportation is looking to shut down the Amtrak Springfield Line for a six- to eight-month period to perform 24-hour-a-day construction work.  Read more…

October 9, 2014 – 08:00 – Ex-SOU Asheville, NC Roundhouse Demolition Planned…

Norfolk Southern has announced that it plans to demolish the former Southern Railway roundhouse in the River Arts District  of Asheville, North Carolina, in November.  Read more…

October 9, 2014 – 08:00 – FEC First ES44C4 Completed, Road #s Confirmed…

JACKSONVILLE, FL – October 9, 2014 – The first of the Florida East Coast Railway’s General Electric ES44C4 locomotives has been completed and is currently having the paint work finished up at the Erie, Pennsylvania GE Transportation facility.   Read more…

October 8, 2014 – 08:00 – MMID Places Newly-Arrived SD40-2s Into Service…

UNION BRIDGE, MD – October 8, 2014 – The Maryland Midland has received all four of their former SP/UP SD45s that have been rebuilt to SD40-2 standards and placed them into service.  Jim Kleeman takes us on a photographic look at the new big power for the little MMID.  Read more…

October 8, 2014 – 08:00 – SNCR to Begin Moving Tailings from Tahawus, NY…

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – October 8, 2014 – Saratoga & North Creek Railway will begin moving mine tailings from the NL Industries mine site in Tahawus, New York, to a customer in Massachusetts as early as next week.  Read more…

October 8, 2014 – 08:00 – Amtrak Autumn Express to Run NS Harrisburg Line…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 8, 2014 – Due to popular demand, the Amtrak Autumn Express is back and will operate on Saturday and Sunday, November 8 and 9, 2014, this time using Norfolk Southern’s former Reading Railroad trackage, now the NS Harrisburg Line, between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Read more…

October 8, 2014 – 08:00 – CSXT Releases Dedicated Geometry Train Locomotive…

HUNTINGTON, WV – October 8, 2014 – CSX Transportation has completed the rebuild on the former Maryland Area Rail Commuters (MARC) GP40WH-2 #69 locomotive and has released it in a unique new paint scheme to be matched up to the company’s track geometry train.  Read more…

October 8, 2014 – 08:00 – Amtrak Bustitution in Wake of Freight Delays on NS…

CHICAGO, IL – October 8, 2014 – Amtrak has announced that it will be busing passengers between Ohio and Chicago, Illinois, where chronic delays to its trains of eight to twelve hours have been incurred during the past week.  Read more…

October 8, 2014 – 08:00 – RR Museum of PA Presents Awards, New Director…

STRASBURG, PA – October 8, 2014 – The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania recently delivered five distinguished service awards during its 17th annual Members Day celebration on September 27.  Read more…

October 8, 2014 – 08:00 – NKP #765 Returning Home Today from Akron, OH…

FORT WAYNE, IN – October 8, 2014 – The Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 Berkshire-type locomotive #765 is heading back home to Fort Wayne, Indiana, today, having departed Akron, Ohio’s Fitzwater Yard just before 8 a.m.  Read home…

October 8, 2014 – 08:00 – Horry Co. Approves $1.8M for Carolina Southern Purchase…

CONWAY, SC – October 8, 2014 – South Carolina’s Horry County Council on Tuesday night followed suit with North Carolina’s Cumberland County and approved $1.8 million toward the purchase of Carolina Southern Railroad.  Read more…

October 8, 2014 – 08:00 – CBNS Ending Service on 100-mile Sydney Line by Jan. 1…

SYDNEY, NS – October 8, 2014 – Genesee & Wyoming Railroad’s Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway hopes to end service on its line between Sydney and St. Peters Junction, Nova Scotia by the beginning of 2015.  Read more…

October 8, 2014 – 08:00 – MBTA to Restore Weekend Commuter Rail Service…

BOSTON, MA – October 8, 2014 – Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey announced the restoration of weekend Commuter Rail service on three lines beginning this winter.  Read more…

October 7, 2014 – 09:00 – Carolina Southern Gets NC Tax Incentive Support…

WHITEVILLE, NC – October 7, 2014 – Columbus County, North Carolina is set on getting the idle Carolina Southern Railroad back in service again and on Monday night, County Commissioners gave unanimous approval to $1.8 million in tax incentives, grants that would be paid to an as yet unnamed buyer of the rail line that ceased operations three years ago.  Read more…

October 7, 2014 – 09:00 – Civil War Loco Museum Breaks Ground on Research Center…

KENNESAW, GA – October 7, 2014 – The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History on Friday broke ground on an 8,700-square-foot expansion to its research center.  Read more…

October 7, 2014 – 09:00 – LIRR Service to the Nassau Coliseum Proposed…

JAMAICA, NY – October 7, 2014 – New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member Mitchell Pally wants to establish passenger service to the Nassau Coliseum on a Long Island Rail Road branch that hasn’t seen regular passenger service in more than 50 years.  Read more…

October 7, 2014 – 06:00 – PAR to Return NS SD40-2s, LTEX Units On the Way…

NORTH BILLERICA, MA – October 7, 2014 – Pan Am Railways will soon be returning the eight Norfolk Southern SD40-2 locomotives that have been on the property since April of 2013, and be receiving nine units from Larry’s Truck & Electric as part of another deal.  Read more…

October 7, 2014 – 06:00 – All Aboard Florida Hopes to Utilize Private Activity Bonds…

JACKSONVILLE, FL – October 7, 2014 – All Aboard Florida has announced that it is modifying its financing plan for its proposed passenger rail service, so that the public would not face any financial risk and the project could be completed quicker, the company’s president said Monday.  Read more…

October 7, 2014 – 06:00 – UP Crew Injured, Airlifted in Mer Rouge, LA Collision…

MER ROUGE, LA – Mer Rouge residents were temporarily evacuated on Sunday after a train collided with a truck that had become stuck on the tracks, causing a derailment, hazardous materials leak and injuring the railroad crew.  Read more…

October 7, 2014 – 06:00 – Grafton & Upton Gets Injunction Lifted for Terminal…

GRAFTON, MA – October 7, 2014 – Massachusetts’ Worcester Superior Court has lifted the injunction that prohibited the Grafton & Upton Railroad from building a propane transloading terminal it its North Grafton rail yard.  Read more…

October 7, 2014 – 06:00 – Conway Scenic Makes History Twice in a Week…

NORTH CONWAY, NH – October 7, 2014 – Conway Scenic Railroad made history twice in the last couple weeks when first on Monday, September 29, 2014, the new table car, CSRX #6749, was added to the consist of the Notch Train and made its first trip to Crawford Notch and Fabyan Station, then on Friday, October 3, 2014, CSRX ran their first 9-car Notch Train to Fabyans!  Read more…

October 6, 2014 – 16:00 – TTX Receives 15-Year Extension on Pooling Authority…

CHICAGO, IL – October 7, 2014 – TTX Company announced that it received approval from the federal Surface Transportation Board for a 15-year extension of its pooling authority governing all types of flatcars, including those that handle intermodal traffic, finished automobiles, and specialized flatcars for lumber, heavy equipment and other commodities.  Read more…

October 6, 2014 – 16:00 – RJ Corman Guthrie, KY Enginehouse Destroyed by Fire…

R.J. Corman Railroad enginehouse at Guthrie, Kentucky, near the Kentucky-Tennessee border, was destroyed by a fire that also caused several small explosions and led to the brief evacuation of about six homes.  Read more…

October 6, 2014 – 16:00 – ONTC CEO Steps Down, COO Assumes Top Role…

NORTH BAY, ON – October 6, 2014 – The Ontario Northland Transportation Commission president and chief executive officer Paul Goulet is stepping down and Chief Operating Officer Corina Moore is assuming the CEO role.  Read more…

October 6, 2014 – 16:00 – Adrian & Blissfield Announces Retirement of Police Chief…

WESTLAND, MI – October 6, 2014 – The Adrian & Blissfield Rail Road Company, owners of four Rail Road Companies, headquartered in Southeastern Michigan, Jackson, MI and Lansing, MI and the Old Road Blissfield (MI) and Old Road Charlotte (MI) Dinner Trains, have announced the pending retirement of Gerald Haensler, Jr. as Chief of the A&B RR Police Department and the appointment of Scott Lambka as the new Chief.  Read more…

October 6, 2014 – 16:00 – Mass Central Rebuilding Ware River Secondary…

WARE, MA – October 6, 2014 – The Massachusetts Central Railroad has begun the process of completely rebuilding the railroad’s Ware River Secondary track between Palmer and South Barre, Massachusetts.  Read more…

October 6, 2014 – 16:00 – TVRM Fall Steam Specials Planned with #4501…

CHATTANOOGA, TN – October 6, 2014 – The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga has announced that it will be using the restored steam locomotive, ex-Southern Railway 2-8-2 #4501, on several steam excursions during the fall season.  Read more…

October 6, 2014 – 16:00 – CP’s Harrison Wants to “Fix” Chicago Congestion…

TORONTO, ON – October 6, 2014 – Canadian Pacific Railway’s Chief Executive E. Hunter Harrison wants the railroads that serve Chicago to let Canadian Pacific take on the logistical challenge of solving congestion through the national choke point through the acquisition of the terminal switching railroads.  Read more…

October 3, 2014 – 06:00 – Indiana RR Announces 25th Annual Santa Train Schedule…

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – October 3, 2014 – For the 25th consecutive Christmas season, Santa Claus will be coming to towns in southern Indiana and Illinois by train.  Read more…

October 3, 2014 – 06:00 – NCRR Cost Savings Added Up to $794M in 2013…

RALEIGH, NC – October 3, 2014 – The North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR) had a direct impact on the North Carolina economy of an estimated $794 million during 2013, according to a recently completed study conducted by RTI International (RTI).  Read more…

October 2, 2014 – 16:00 – STB Concerned Over NECR Restrictions Placed on PAS…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 2, 2014 – The United States Surface Transportation Board has directed  New England Central Railroad to reply to claims that it has placed conditions on Pan Am Railway’s use of its line that are unreasonable practices and/or violate the terms for such use established by the Interstate Commerce Commission, the Board’s predecessor.  Read more…

October 2, 2014 – 16:00 – Amtrak Engineering Report Details NY Tunnel Work Fix…

NEW YORK, NY – October 2, 2014 – A new engineering report details damage to the Amtrak-owned Hudson River and East River tunnels following Superstorm Sandy and recommends a phased process to take individual tubes out of service for extended periods to perform the work required to maintain reliability of train movements in and out of New York City.  Read more…

October 1, 2014 – 16:00 – CP Outlines Growth Targets, Announces D&H Buyer Found…

WHITE PLAINS, NY – October 1, 2014 – Canadian Pacific CEO E. Hunter Harrison today unveiled new growth targets out to 2018 and CP’s multi-year strategy to drive superior service and financial profitability, including more than doubling the company’s earnings per share, as well as announced that a buyer had been secured for the Delaware & Hudson property.  Read more…

October 1, 2014 – 16:00 – Verso Closing of Bucksport, ME Plant Affecting PAR…

MEMPHIS, TN – October 1, 2014 – Verso Paper Corp. today announced plans to close its paper mill in Bucksport, Maine, the last major traffic generator for Pan Am Railways in the Eastern Maine market, with the expected closure of the mill to occur in the fourth quarter of 2014.  Read more…

October 1, 2014 – 16:00 – Amtrak Hoosier Service Offers Wi-Fi, Drinks and Biz Class…

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – October 1, 2014 – Amtrak is improving service for Hoosier State passengers who travel between Indianapolis and Chicago with the addition of complimentary on-board Wi-Fi, light food and  beverages and Business Class seating, Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman announced at a series of events on the route in Indiana today.   Read more…

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