U S Railroad News 2011-07-12 14:13:00

AAR reports steady growth in weekly rail trafficThe TruckerWASHINGTON – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported solid weekly rail traffic, with US railroads originating 285943 carloads for the week ending July 2, 2011, up 0.3 percent compared with the same week last year. …

Coal exports near 19-year high may buoy US railroadsPeninsula On-lineNEW YORK: The United States is poised to export the most coal since 1992 this year, filling a gap created when flooding interrupted Australian supplies and buoying shipments for railroads such as Union Pacific and CSX. Union Pacific, the nation’s …

One dead after Amtrak train collides with truck in MaineReutersBOSTON (Reuters) – A dump truck trying to beat a passenger train through a railway crossing collided with the locomotive in Maine on Monday, killing the truck driver, an Amtrak spokesman said. The incident was the second accident involving a truck …

US Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $72.8 Million for Massachusetts …Media Newswire (press release)WASHINGTON th US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced travel time on Amtrak’s Vermonter line will be cut by nearly 30 minutes through a $72.8 million grant to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. (Media-Newswire.com) – WASHINGTON …

100 car train derails, no injuriesWISHBLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) – No one was injured when an Indiana rail road train carrying coal derailed Sunday evening in Bloomington on Garrison Chapel Rd. The train consisted of 100 cars. Of that 100, 26 were damaged. Authorities say clean-up could take …

Mountain Division railroad draining City of Tacoma fundsTheNewsTribune.comOnce praised as a potential tourist boon, a city-owned railroad that long has been a drain on Tacoma’s coffers is now testing the patience of some City Council and public utilities board members. Once praised as a potential tourist boon, a city-owned …

Railroad ridership on upswingCumberland Times-NewsCUMBERLAND — After a banner year in 2010, the number of passengers hitching a ride on Mountain Thunder is holding steady in 2011, a Western Maryland Scenic Railroad official said Friday. Mountain Thunder is the nickname given to Engine 734, …

Denver Ski Train Dispute Ends with $1.1M Jury AwardFirst TracksOnline Media Denver, CO – A federal jury on Thursday awarded $1.1 million to a company that says Amtrak derailed its plans to revive the ski train running from Denver to Winter Park ski resort. The former Denver-Winter Park ski train began operation in …

Train service reopens from Peninsula-Akron n Cuyahoga ValleyCuyahoga Falls News Pressn Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is reopening train service from the Peninsula Depot to Akron Northside Station starting July 13. Train service from Peninsula Depot to Canal Visitor Center remains closed until construction of the track work on the …

U.S. Railroads Invest in Future as Freight Volume SurgesArea Development OnlineHere are some stats: US rail volumes excluding grain and coal shipments rose 7.9 percent to 4.6 million carloads in the quarter ended March 31, according to data compiled by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) in Washington. …

Railroad could become a world-class bikewayLake Placid NewsTwelve years ago a tourist railroad was installed between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. The operators predicted all sorts of economic benefits, none of which has materialized. Two years ago North Elba’s town supervisor described this government …

Bradford County supporting application for $700K to upgrade its main rail lineTowanda Daily Review“We need help in central Bradford County and Troy with alleviating this traffic,” said McLinko, a Republican. “It’s to the point where it’s unbearable.” Rail traffic has been increasing rapidly in Bradford County, due to gas drilling in the Marcellus …

Greenbrier Revenue Soars 153 PercentThe Journal of Commerce OnlineRail traffic levels also fell during March and April, but many important cargo categories have strengthened since then. Furman indicated his customers feel confident, since “business visibility continues to improve . . . (and) we are experiencing a …

Santa Maria Valley Railroad will soon celebrate 100th anniversaryKSBY San Luis Obispo NewsThe Santa Maria Valley Railroad is about to celebrate a milestone. Next week, marks its 100th anniversary. The railroad company started construction on July 11th, 1911. For decades, it was owned by the well-known Hancock family and in 2006, …

KOHL CALLS ON ADMINISTRATION TO SUPPORT RAILROAD BILL THAT WILL …PoliticalNews.meWASHINGTON – US Senator Herb Kohl called on officials at the Departments of Justice (DoJ) and Transportation (DoT) to support his Railroad Antitrust …

Dinner train rides the rails between Columbia and CentraliaColumbia Business TimesThe advantage of a short-line, Weber said, is that it’s much easier to schedule a dinner train around the freight trains that are the primary users of the railroad. The large freight railways, such as Union Pacific and Burlington Northern, …

Unused Rail Line May Become a Walking, Biking PathPatch.comIn late June, Pan Am Railways informed Watertown officials of their plan to abandon 1.72 miles of the former Boston & Maine Railroad track known as the Watertown Branch.They requested input from town officials. Town Councilor Angeline Kounelis, …