U S Railroad News 2011-06-30 23:49:00

DOT Lends Amtrak $562.9 Million for LocomotivesThe Journal of Commerce OnlineThe Amtrak passenger system is borrowing $562.9 million, in what is the largest-ever credit issued by a federal rail loan program, to buy 70 locomotives to use on two high-density traffic corridors in the Northeast. The Department of Transportation …

Still no agreement between Port, OCSRTillamook Headlight HeraldThe Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad operates tourist trains on a portion of the port’s tracks, between Garibaldi and Wheeler. The group approached the port about reaching an agreement whereby OCSR would perform track maintenance in exchange for …

Railway opening delayed by plants on trackGlens Falls Post-StarThe opening of the new Saratoga North Creek Railway has been delayed by an overgrowth of vegetation on and along the railroad tracks. The new operators had hoped to begin train service on the North Creek-to-Saratoga Springs line in early July, …

OBPA may take over short-line railroadWatertownDailyTimes.comBy JIMMY LAWTON OGDENSBURG — The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority could assume operations of a short-line railroad operated by New York and Ogdensburg Railway Co. Inc. due to an alleged violation of a maintenance contract between the two entities. …

Low emission locomotive at CSX rail yardAlbany Times UnionBETHLEHEM — The US Environmental Protection Agency, New York State Dept. of Transportation and CSX will introduce the first ultra-low emission GenSet locomotive in upstate New York on Thursday at 10 am at the CSX Selkirk Yard outside of Albany. …

Amtrak sues trucking company over fatal Northern Nevada crashLas Vegas SunThe westbound train was struck by a semi-truck and burst into flames. By Steve Green (contact) Another lawsuit was filed Wednesday – this time by Amtrak – over the June 24 crash of a truck into an Amtrak train in Northern Nevada, killing six people. …

Union Pacific to build new facility in Santa Teresa, will not replace EP …El Paso TimesSusana Martinez announced today that the state is working with Union Pacific Railroad Company to begin building a $400 million facility in Santa Teresa. Union Pacific officials said they hope to start construction this year and complete the project by …

CN boosts Alberta operationsRailway Gazette InternationalCANADA: Canadian National has confirmed that work will start shortly on its planned 243 ha intermodal facility at Conrich, Alberta, northeast of Calgary. First announced in 2010, the C$200m Logistics Park will have more than 185 000 m² of warehousing …

Cargill to build new Peace-area grain terminalAlberta ExpressThe terminal is to be built along Canadian National Railway (CN) track on the same site as Cargill’s McLennan crop inputs distribution centre, which opened last month. The facility is expected to be able to load rail cars at a rate of 50000 bushels per …

US intermodal traffic speeds up a littleifw-net.comIntermodal rail freight traffic in the US began to grow again after figures stayed flat over the past month, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR). During the week ending 18 June, intermodal traffic was up 4.3% to 237682 trailers and …