U S Railroad News 2011-07-18 10:55:00

Central Florida’s SunRail project finally gets startedOrlando SentinelBy Dan Tracy, Orlando Sentinel After years of debate and delay, construction on Central Florida’s SunRail commuter train is finally ready to start. The work kicks off today with a groundbreaking at 2:30 pm on the railroad tracks outside Florida …

AAR reports rail traffic is down for week ending July 9 – Article …Rail traffic was down for the week ending July 2, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). …

Saylor goes to bat for Stewartstown RailroadYorkdispatch.comThe Stewartstown Railroad is getting help from the Majority Whip of the state House of Representatives in its campaign to keep the historic short line from being dissolved in a sheriff’s sale. The Stewartstown Rail Co. was created in 1885 but hasn’t …

FREIGHT TRAIN DERAILS: Bridge collapse at Locke LakePatch.comBy Chris Steller BNSF rail cars fell into Locke Lake at the site of a bridge collapse. High water from recent rains raised the lake around backyard furniture and statuary. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe trestle bridge over Rice Creek at Locke Lake …

Columbia Star Dinner Train’s opening night met with protestColumbia MissourianAbout $20000 more in public money was used to upgrade the exisiting train station’s facilities and prepare them for use. The Columbia Star also uses the city’s rail line, which run between Columbia and Centralia and the city-owned train station at 6501 …

Genesee & Wyoming June traffic up 13.4 percentForbesAP , 07.14.11, 12:59 PM EDT Short line and regional freight railroad operator Genesee & Wyoming Inc. said Thursday that traffic on its lines rose 13.4 percent in June on increases in shipments of coal and coke, and farm and food products. …

State police probing large-scale rail theftThe Tribune-DemocratPATTON — About 100000 pounds of train track – worth more than $45000 – have been stolen from the side of a short-line railroad, and state police need the public’s help cracking the case. Troopers said late Thursday that 72 30-foot sections of rail …

FEC rail project starts – 800 jobs expectedBizjournals.comThe remainder of the project cost is funded through $10.9 million from the FEC, $10.9 million from the Florida Department of Transportation and $4.8 million from the Port of Miami. The rail project, dredging the port to 50 feet and twin port tunnels …

CSX Earnings Preview: Analysts Expect Rising RevenueBenzingaBy general It’s time to get ready for CSX (NYSE: CSX) earnings! Don’t be caught off-guard: The company releases its next round of earnings this Tuesday, July 19, 2011. No time to prep before Tuesday’s announcement? Don’t worry. …

Hundreds of union workers block grain trainThe Seattle TimesBurlington Northern Santa Fe railroad spokesman Gus Melonas says the blockade has prompted BNSF to indefinitely suspend train traffic to the grain terminal. It’s the third major protest this week in an increasingly volatile dispute between EGT and the …

Railcars leave countyOPB NewsUnder the terms of the lease agreement, the county will continue to receive monthly payments from Union Pacific of $59400 in July, August and September and a final payment of $30000 for part of October, according to Hayward. The rail space rental …

RailAmerica June traffic down 4.4 percentBusinessWeekThe short-line rail operator said it handled 70238 freight carloads in June, down from 73466 a year earlier. Shipments of metallic ores and metals and forest products increased. The June total included 660 carloads from three Alabama railroads acquired …

Small Fire On Tourist Train In White MountainsNew Hampshire Public RadioBy Chris Jensen on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 A small fire on a tourist train operated by Conway Scenic Railroad sent worried fire fighters from Twin Mountain and Bethlehem rushing to the Crawford Notch railway station on Wednesday afternoon. …

Antique trains en route to Bureau JunctionLaSalle News TribuneA trip to Bureau Junction on Friday, July 22 or Sunday, July 24 will offer a glimpse into the village’s past as a bustling railroad town when two vintage locomotives come rolling down the tracks. The steam locomotive Nickel Plate 765 will chug into …

CP reopens flooded railway line in North DakotaReutersVANCOUVER, July 13 (Reuters) – Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd (CP.TO) has reopened its flooded mainline track running from southern Saskatchewan through North Dakota, five days earlier than it expected, a CP spokesman said on Wednesday. …

Train switches to solar for Georgia PSC demonstrationFlorida Times-UnionNow, the train will become the Solar Express, a rolling seminar on energy from the sun chugging along the state’s SAM shortline railroad. It departs Georgia Veterans State Park near Cordele at 9:30 am with stops in Leslie for a tour of the first solar …

Biz Park’s WorkhorseJournal & Topics Newspapers OnlineThe Chicago Terminal Railroad is a “short line” with 25 miles of track in Elk Grove’s business park that serves 12 businesses. Trains deliver everything from steel and wood to sugar, syrup and even motor oil to Elk Grove businesses at a rate of about …

Full steam ahead for historic locomotiveCalaveras EnterpriseBy Kate Gonzales Volunteers work on the Shay locomotive at the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum. From left are Kaylinda Bechtold, Steve Bechtold and Doug Kohl. Courtesy photo Volunteers with the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum are pressing forward on the …

SmartStart® Automatic Engine Stop Start (AESS) System Saves Millions of …Business Wire (press release)For example, a Class 1 Railroad has saved 264225 gallons of fuel on one locomotive since implementing SmartStart in 1994—that’s over 16000 gallons saved a year. With the recent US Department of Transportation announcements about $527 million for …

Freight trains back in the North BaySanta Rosa Press DemocratAn NWP Co. locomotive arrived at Hunt & Behrens in Petaluma on Wednesday morning pulling five carloads of grain. By STEVE HART Freight trains returned to Sonoma County on Wednesday, hauling their first commercial cargo in almost 10 years. …