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September 2014 Daily News

September 29, 2014 – 10:00 - Golden Eagle Ry. Plans Freight Start for Spring 2015…

FRYEBURG, ME – September 29, 2014 – Golden Eagle Railway remains confident that they will be starting freight service in the Spring of 2015 between Portland and Fryeburg, Maine, with passenger service to Montreal following in the next 1-2 years.  Read more…

September 29, 2014 – 10:00 - NS Recognized as Leader in Carbon Disclosure…

NORFOLK, VA – September 29, 2014 - Norfolk Southern Corp. earned recognition recently from environmental nonprofit CDP as a marketplace leader in carbon disclosure, reflecting the railroad’s broad integration of sustainable business practices into daily operations.  Read more…

September 25, 2014 – 06:00 - SEPTA Launches Strategic Business Plan Website…

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTA on Wednesday launched a new section of its website devoted to the Authority’s Strategic Business Plan, which serves as a blue print for integrating capital improvements, customer service enhancements and other initiatives.  Read more…

September 25, 2014 – 06:00 - NTSB Issues Special Report on RR Worker Deaths…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 25, 2014 - The National Transportation Safety Board today issued a special investigation report on the recent increase in deaths of railroad and rail transit roadway workers on or near tracks and made recommendations to reduce the number of fatalities.  Read more…

September 25, 2014 – 06:00 - Catskill Mountain RR Kicking Off Foliage Season…

KINGSTON, NY – September 25, 2014 - The Catskill Mountain Railroad will kick off the fall foliage season with train rides aboard its restored 1917 Erie Lackawanna Coaches and open air flatcars.  Read more…

September 25, 2014 – 06:00 - UP Finishes Rail Replacement for Illinois HSR Project…

GRANITE CITY, IL – September 24, 2014 – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn marked a significant milestone in the construction of major high-speed rail track work between Chicago and St. Louis.  Read more…

September 24, 2014 – 12:00 - Amtrak Selects Group of Writers for Residency Program…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 24, 2014 - Amtrak has selected 24 members of the literary community as the first group of writers to participate in the #AmtrakResidency program.  Read more…

September 24, 2014 – 12:00 - CN Sells Georgetown-Kitchener Line to Metrolinx…

TORONTO, ON - September 24, 2014 - Canadian National Railway today announced the purchase by Metrolinx of a segment of CN rail line principally used by GO Transit commuter trains in the Georgetown-Kitchener, Ontario, area west of Toronto for C$76 million.  Read more…

September 24, 2014 – 12:00 - Metro-North Looks to Expand to Penn Station…

NEW YORK, NY – September 24, 2014 - Metro-North Railroad has released it’s five-year capital plan and is looking to extend the commuter line to Penn Station, beyond Grand Central Terminal, where Metro-North currently ends service.  Read more…

September 24, 2014 – 09:00 - PAR Derailment Blocking Freight Main at Greenfield, MA…

GREENFIELD, MA – September 24, 2014 – Pan Am Railways has experienced a derailment on the Freight Mainline this morning at approximately 7 a.m., with derailed cars blocking both the main and the Greenfield Runner Track just to the west of East Deerfield Yard in Greenfield, Massachusetts.  Read more…

September 23, 2014 – 12:00 - Grafton & Upton Wins Federal Battle for LPG Terminal…

GRAFTON, MA – September 23, 2014 – Grafton & Upton Railroad emerged victorious on Friday when the Surface Transportation Board ruled in favor of the railroad’s long-delayed plans to construct and operate a liquefied propane gas (or propane) transloading facility.  Read more…

September 23, 2014 – 12:00 - CMQR Weighs in on NECR TRO Dispute with PAR…

PORTLAND, ME – September 23, 2014 – The Surface Transportation Board has still not made a ruling in the ongoing dispute between New England Central Railroad and Pan Am Southern over trackage rights between East Northfield, Massachusetts and White River Junction, Vermont, and now the Central Maine & Quebec Railway is weighing in on the effects of the STB’s non-ruling.  Read more…

September 23, 2014 – 12:00 - NJ TRANSIT to Receive $1.276B in Resiliency Funding…

TRENTON, NJ – September 23, 2014 - Continuing the Administration’s focus on rebuilding Sandy-impacted critical infrastructure in a stronger, more resilient manner, New Jersey Governor Christie last week announced that NJ TRANSIT will receive $1.276 billion in federal monies to fund five projects designed to harden NJ TRANSIT’s infrastructure.  Read more…

September 23, 2014 – 12:00 - STB Contracts InterVISTAS Consulting for Rate Analysis…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 23, 2014 – The Surface Transportation Board announced Friday that it has awarded a contract to InterVISTAS Consulting LLC (InterVISTAS) to conduct an independent analysis that evaluates potential alternative rate regulation approaches, with the goal of reducing the time, cost and complexity of rate reasonableness complaints brought before the Board.  Read more…

September 22, 2014 – 12:00 - Carolina Southern Sale to Close by End of Year…

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – September 22, 2014 – South Carolina’s Horry County Council chairman Mark Lazarus said a deal to purchase the Carolina Southern Railroad should be ready to present to the Horry County Council on October 7.  Read more…

September 22, 2014 – 09:00 - RAC Selects Montreal for First-ever Merrill Henderson Award…

MONTREAL, QC - September 22, 2014  – The City of Montreal has been selected as the first-ever recipient of the Merrill Henderson Award for its proactive approach in identifying and planning for new residential developments in proximity to railway operations. Read more…

September 21, 2014 – 12:00 - EXCLUSIVE: VRS, P&W Unveil Joint Scheme on GMTX Leaser…

WORCESTER, MA and BURLINGTON, VT – September 22, 2014 – The Providence & Worcester Railroad Company and the Vermont Rail System are joining forces to bring additional motive power to both railroads through a joint lease program with GATX Locomotive Leasing.  Read more…

September 18, 2014 – 09:00 - AAPRCO Launches Pine Tree Limited Today; Schedules…

CHICAGO, IL – September 18, 2014 – The 2014 American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners, in conjunction with Amtrak, is launching their 2014 annual convention train from Chicago, Illinois, to Portland, Maine, this morning as The Pine Tree Limited.  Read more…

September 18, 2014 – 06:00 - FEC Announces Piedmont Express Intermodal Service…

JACKSONVILLE, FL - September 18, 2014 - Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) is expanding its services to include intermodal rail transportation between Charlotte, North Carolina and a number of locations in South Florida.  Read more…

September 18, 2014 – 06:00 - VA Governor Creates RR Safety and Security Taskforce…

RICHMOND, VA – September 18, 2014 – Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the creation of the Commonwealth’s Railroad Safety and Security Taskforce in the wake of the the April 30, Lynchburg, VA, derailment of a CSX freight train carrying crude oil shipped from the Midwest to Yorktown.  Read more…

September 17, 2014 – 06:00 - HOBO Railroad Acquires SW-1000 from LTEX…

LINCOLN, NH – September 17, 2014 – The HOBO Railroad in Lincoln, New Hampshire, has acquired an EMD SW1000 locomotive from Larry’s Truck & Electric in Ohio, with the unit currently shipping eastbound on CSXT to Ayer, Massachusetts.  Read more…

September 17, 2014 – 06:00 - NS Acquiring More Second-hand 6-axle Motive Power…

NORFOLK, VA – September 16, 2014 – Norfolk Southern continues to try and fend off motive power shortages through the acquisition of second-hand power as all new locomotive production slots for both EMD and GE are filled for 2014 and most of 2015.  Read more…

September 17, 2014 – 06:00 - Amtrak Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Pere Marquette Service…

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – September 17, 2014 – Amtrak celebrated its 30th anniversary of the Pere Marquette line between Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois, with special ceremonies throughout West Michigan on Tuesday.  Read more…

September 17, 2014 – 06:00 - AAR Expresses Concern Over STB Reauthorization Bill…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 17, 2014 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) is expressing concerns over the Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Bill (S.2777), scheduled to be marked up in the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.  Read more…

September 17, 2014 – 06:00 - VTrans Announces Rejection of TIGER Grant for VRS…

MONTPELIER, VT – September 16, 2014 – Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) announced on Monday that the state was not a recipient of TIGER Grant funds that would have helped expedite the upgrade to Vermont Rail System’s Northern Subdivision between Rutland and Burlington, for the restoration of passenger service.  Read more…

September 17, 2014 – 06:00 - Pan Am Discontinuing Service on Line East of Bangor, ME…

BANGOR, ME – September 17, 2014 – Pan Am Railways and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway have come to terms on moving traffic from Bangor, Maine to a connection with the New Brunswick Southern for further movement to New Brunswick, which will soon allow Pan Am to discontinue service on its own Freight Main Line east of Bangor.  Read more…

September 16, 2014 – 15:00 - NS Train with H&W Load Knocks Out Amtrak NEC…

ABERDEEN, MD – September 16, 2014 – Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor came to a standstill this morning with service suspended between Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, following a Norfolk Southern freight train’s collision with a catenary pole near Aberdeen, Maryland.  Read more…

September 16, 2014 – 15:00 - Erie RR’s Port Jervis Turntable Gets Historic Marker…

PORT JERVIS, NY – September 16, 2014 – The once rich 130-year railroad history of the City of Port Jervis is alive and well with the existence of the fully operational Erie Turntable.  Read more…

September 16, 2014 – 15:00 - CN to Pay $5.25M to Settle FCC Licensing Violations…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 16, 2014 - Canadian National Railway Company has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $5.25 million to resolve an FCC Enforcement Bureau investigation into the company’s acquisition and operation of hundreds of wireless radio facilities in the United States without prior FCC approval.  Read more…

September 16, 2014 – 15:00 - TVRM Announces Halloween Eerie Express Funhouse Trains…

CHATTANOOGA, TN – September 16, 2014 – The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum has announced its schedule for the family friendly Halloween Eerie Express Funhouse.   Read more…

September 16, 2014 – 15:00 - CSXT, L&I Expect Decision on Joint Usage by November…

COLUMBUS, IN – September 16, 2014 – CSX Transportation and Louisville & Indiana Railroad officials  are expecting a decision by the end of October from federal regulators regarding plans for upgrading more than 100 miles of railroad tracks through southern Indiana.  Read more…

September 11, 2014 – 15:00 - Amtrak Dome Car Returns to Adirondack Route…

ALBANY, NY – September 11, 2014 - Passengers aboard Amtrak’s Adirondack service can experience the splendor of Upstate New York’s fall foliage season in unique fashion when the historic “Great Dome” car returns for a six-week run September 25 through November 4, 2014.  Read more…

September 11, 2014  15:00 - All Aboard Florida Selects Siemens to Build Trainsets…

SACRAMENTO, CA - September 11, 2014 – Today it was announced that Siemens has been selected to build the locomotives and passenger coaches for the All Aboard Florida passenger rail project that will connect South and Central Florida.   Read more…

September 11, 2014 – 15:00 - Esmark Converting Ohio Cold Rolling to Shale Support…

PITTSBURGH, PA – September 11, 2014 – Esmark, Inc., a diversified holding company with interests in steel manufacturing and distribution, oil and gas exploration and production and real estate services, today announced that it is converting the former Ohio Cold Rolling Company steel finishing mill in Yorkville, Ohio into a tri-modal industrial services terminal to support companies engaged in oil and gas exploration and production in the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays.  Read more…

September 11, 2014 – 15:00 - Amtrak Holds “Civic Conversation” on Station Development…

MEMPHIS, TN – September 11, 2014 – To assist communities looking for ways to build, improve, redevelop or restore train stations and meet the growing demand for passenger rail service, Amtrak today is hosting its 11th Great American Stations event to share its expertise and experience with local leaders in the Mid-South.  Read more…

September 11, 2014 – 15:00 - CSX Poised to Capitalize on Growth Opportunities…

JACKSONVILLE, FL - September 11, 2014 - As global freight demand increases and American highways remain overcrowded and underfunded, CSX is building on a proven track record of success for shareholders by capitalizing on growth opportunities across nearly all of its markets, Chief Financial Officer Fredrik Eliasson told investors and analysts today at the UBS Best of Americas conference in London.  Read more…

September 10, 2014 – 08:00 - CT Receives TIGER Grants for NECR, ConnDOT Upgrades…

HARTFORD, CT – September 10, 2014 – Governor Dannel P. Malloy, joined by members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation, on Tuesday announced that the state has been awarded two federal TIGER VI (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Grants – totaling $22.6 million – for projects that will support Waterbury’s Active Transportation and Economic Resurgence (WATER) program and modernize Connecticut’s freight rail infrastructure on the New England Central Railroad in eastern Connecticut.  Read more…

September 10, 2014 – 08:00 - G&W Reports 10.5% Aug. Carload Increase vs. 2013…

DARIEN, CT – September 10, 2014 - Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) reported traffic volumes for August 2014 to be 179,184 carloads, an increase of 17,083 carloads, or 10.5%, compared with August 2013.  Read more…

September 10, 2014 – 08:00 - RBMN Preparing for RDC Excursions Launch in Pottsville…

POTTSVILLE, PA – September 10, 2014 - Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad, Port Clinton, and Pottsville, Pennsylvania are preparing to host a series of rail excursions, beginning on September 21, using Pottsville’s Union Station Intermodal Transit Center as a base of operations.  Read more…

September 10, 2014 – 08:00 - Colebrookdale RR Plans for October Service Start…

BOYERTOWN, PA – September 10, 2014 – Eastern Pennsylvania’s newest tourist rail operating, the Colebrookdale Railroad, is planning on being ready to offer public train rides in late October.  Read more…

September 10, 2014 – 08:00 - GETS Hiring Machinists for Grove City, PA Evo Plant…

GROVE CITY, PA – September 10, 2014 - GE Transportation is seeking 50 skilled machinists to support an increase in production volume at its diesel engine plant in Grove City, Pennsylvania.  Read more…

September 10, 2014 – 08:00 - CP, TCRC-RCTC Announce RTC Labor Agreement…

CALGARY, AB - September 10, 2014 - Canadian Pacific and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Rail Canada Traffic Controllers (TCRC-RCTC) announced that a labor agreement covering approximately 135 rail traffic controllers in Canada has been ratified.  Read more…

September 9, 2014 – 11:00 - VTrans Files Support for PAS in NECR TRO Case…

MONTPELIER, VT – September 9, 2014 – Brian Searles, Vermont Secretary of Transportation, has filed a support statement on behalf of the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) with the Surface Transportation Board in the Trackage Rights Order case between New England Central Railroad and the Pan Am Southern, LLC.  Read more…

September 9, 2014 – 10:00 - FRA Proposes Rules to Prevent Unattended Train Moves…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 9, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that will help protect communities from crude oil and hazardous materials incidents by strengthening requirements for securing unattended freight trains.  Read more…

September 9, 2014 – 09:00 - Glory Days of RR Festival Draws New England Equipment…

WHITE RIVER JCT., VT – September 9, 2014 – Some of New England’s most sought-after rail equipment will be gathering this weekend – September 12-14 – at White River Junction, Vermont, to celebrate the 22nd Annual Glory Days of the Railroad Festival and details of some of the special moves are available exclusively to ERN subscribers.  Read more…

September 9, 2014 – 09:00 - NC Seeks New Operator for Piedmont & Northern Ry…

RALEIGH, NC – September 9, 2014 - The N.C. Department of Transportation is seeking a new partner to operate the 13-mile Piedmont & Northern Railway line from Gastonia to Mount Holly in Gaston County following Patriot Rail’s announcement that it will terminate its lease of the shortline railroad.  Read more…

September 1, 2014 – 16:00 - Reading & Northern Ex-ATSF GP39s Going Green…

PORT CLINTON, PA – September 1, 2014 – The first of four ex-Santa Fe GP30Us that were acquired by Reading & Northern has emerged from the Port Clinton shops in the R&N’s rendition of the attractive green and yellow striped scheme that was the final version of the Reading Railroad Company.  Read more…

September 1, 2014 – 16:00 - Ex-Conrail SD80MACs to Be Reunited on NS…

NORFOLK, VA – September 1, 2014 – The power-short Norfolk Southern continues to round up motive power from wherever it can as new locomotive backlogs now extend into 2016, and this time NS is acquiring the twelve SD80MACs that are still in use on CSX Transportation.  Read more…

September 1, 2014 – 16:00 - Tweetsie Celebrates the Golden Age of Steam Locos…

BLOWING ROCK, NC - September 1, 2014 - For one weekend only, North Carolina’s first theme park will pull out all the stops as it celebrates the golden age of steam railroading, featuring Tweetsie’s historic coal-fired steam locomotives.  Read more…

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