Latest Rail News
Getting the go-ahead from the state utility regulators for a railroad safety project is a fairly straightforward process: Submit plans and then wait for their approval before starting work, according to the Arizona Daily Sun. But that is not what the city of Flagstaff, Ariz., did as it began construction work in Flagstaff related to the silencing of passing train horns, says Arizona Corporation Commission Chairwoman Kris Mayes.
Plans to build a commuter rail line from southwest Fort Worth to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport would likely be mothballed if Fort Worth stops contributing $7.5 million a year to the project and instead uses the money on street repairs, officials told the Ft. Worth Star Telegram.
More than 40 railroad motor cars from all over the United States will be stopping in Albert Lea, Minn., during part of a 100th anniversary celebration of Fairmont Railway Motors Inc., now Harsco Track Technologies, the Albert Lea Tribune reports.

The celebration will include a display of about 45 North American Rail Car Operators Association motorcars during an open house at the Harsco facility in Fairmont. The 45 restored cars were originally built at the Fairmont plant and shipped to railroads around the United States and Canada.
THE Hanza Rail Team consortium of Alstom and Dutch partners Volker Rail, Strukton Rail, and Arcadis, has signed a Euros 170 million contract to install track, catenary, and signalling on the 50km Hanzelijn between Lelystad and Zwolle, Netherlands.
THE Board of Russian Railways (RZD) has approved the creation of the so-called Second Freight Company, which will take over the bulk of RZD's remaining freight wagon fleet. "The RZD Board unanimously approved the establishment of a second freight company," says Mr Vladimir Yakunin, president of RZD. "We have a tight timetable: all the documents should be ready by the end of 2009 or early 2010 at the very latest." RZD wants the Second Freight Company to being trading in the first quarter of 2010.
CSR Nanjing Puzhen Rolling Stock, China, has confirmed that it intends to bid for a contract to supply 40-120 emu vehicles for British operator London Midland. According to a notice issued in the Official Journal of the European Union last month, London Midland requires a fleet of 160km/h commuter emus formed into three or four-car trains, or a combination of both.

THE chief executive of German Rail (DB) Mr Hartmut Mehdorn offered to resign today after the company admitted spying on its workforce.

ALSTOM and Russia’s largest rolling stock manufacturer, Transmashholding (TMH) have signed a strategic partnership agreement aimed at developing new products in the Russian and Commonwealth of Independent States markets.
California's federal elected officials celebrating voter approval of Proposition 1A in November said they would pursue federal funding to advance the state's high speed rail plan. Despite economic turmoil, those vows appear to be intact.
Salt Lake City-based Savage Services Corp. says it has agreed to acquire the assets and the locomotive and rail services business of Quality Rail Services LLC, based in Golden, Colo. Terms were not disclosed.
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