U S Railroad News 2011-07-04 11:28:00

Amtrak’s Vermonter train line gets $73 M federal upgradeWashington PostBy AP, BURLINGTON, Vt. — US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says Amtrak’s Vermonter passenger rail line will get a $73 million upgrade. LaHood says the improvements will cut about 30 minutes from travel time through Massachusetts. …

Steam train plans weekend tripsThe ColumbianThe private Independence Day Special will also celebrate the locomotive’s 70th anniversary. The train departs Portland each day at 9 am and should arrive in Vancouver by 9:30 am and turn east along the north bank of the Columbia River to Wishram, …

Rain puts CPR profits off trackCalgary HeraldBy Kim Guttormson, Calgary Herald July 2, 2011 Prolonged weather woes continue to plague Canadian Pacific Railway, with flooding having closed sections of track and analysts concerned about the shortterm impact on the bottom line. …

SunRail Opens Door for Haven’s CSX TerminalThe LedgerCSX’s proposed Winter Haven rail terminal is needed to handle freight train traffic moving from Orlando-area rail lines to a line that runs through Polk County and downtown Lakeland. That means 5000 to 6000 new jobs in the Winter Haven area, …

Cimarron Valley Railroad rebuilding bridges damaged in grass fireDodge City Daily GlobeThe railroad bridge west of Satanta is shown after a grass fire destroyed it last April. Ten box culverts, five other small bridges, one home, two unoccupied trailers and 12 outbuildings were destroyed in the Haskell County fire that began April 3, …

CSX Announces VP Appointments in Finance, CommercialBradenton HeraldFredrik Eliasson, currently vice president of emerging markets, has been named vice president of chemicals and fertilizer, responsible for CSX’s commercial activities in the chemicals, phosphates and fertilizers markets. Eliasson holds a bachelor’s …

Fire erupts on rail bridge in BCCBC.caRailway ties were on fire on the entire stretch of a CN Rail bridge south of Lytton, BC, Thursday. (Joelle Harvey) A railway bridge in BC’s Fraser Canyon caught fire Thursday, shutting down CN Rail traffic between Metro Vancouver and the Interior.

Wabtec buys GE’s rail car parts businessForbesRail industry parts maker Wabtec Corp. said Thursday that it has acquired a railcar parts replacement business from GE Transportation, a unit of General Electric Co. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Wabtec ( WAB – news – people ) said the …