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In the fall of 1934, several Buffalo businessmen joined forces to create the Osmose Wood Preserving Company of America, building on patents for a unique, non-pressurized wood preservation. During the following 75 years,  Osmose continued to advance the wood preservation science and grew into various related divisions serving the railroad, utility and consumer marketplaces. Close relationships with an evolving customer base encouraged Osmose to embark on infrastructure inspection, maintenance and repair solutions for the railroad industry.

Freight cars from Radio Island rolled over the Newport River to Morehead City Port on Nov. 5 for the first time since a ship knocked out the railway trestle on June 5, according to the Sun Journal.

Like other railroads across the country, Metro-North Railroad is considering how to outfit its trains to comply with a federal safety technology mandate that would alert engineers when trains become dangerously close, the Connecticut Post reports.


Pittsburgh area motorists can expect intermittent lane closures Nov. 9-14 near the intersection of Allegheny Avenue and Reedsdale Street on the North Shore due to construction activity in the area. Contractors will intermittently close lanes beginning Nov. 9 at 6:00 a.m. and ending at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14. Work will be conducted around the clock, and police will help direct motorists through open lanes.

Pennsylvania and four other states are seeking stimulus money to make upgrades to their rail systems, including the proposed intermodal terminal in Greencastle, the Chambersburg Public Opinion Website reports. Pennsylvania was a co-signer of an application for $300 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, according to PennDOT spokesperson Rich Kirkpatrick.

Drivers on Allen Road in Woodhaven, Mich., will be traveling under the railroad tracks near Van Horn Road by 2013, Wayne County officials said, according to local newspapers.

 County and engineering officials from Wade Trim and Hennessey Engineering met at City Hall to discuss the project and answer questions from residents.

Residents were updated on an ongoing transit study during a recent public workshop in Hallandale Beach, Fla., the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. 

The workshop, at the Cultural Community Center, is part of a series of meetings offered to residents to gather input on the South Florida East Coast Corridor Transit Analysis Study. 

The study, managed by the Florida Department of Transportation, is exploring options to mitigate roadway congestion in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

The majority of construction activities at the Fridley, Minn., Northstar commuter rail station are complete. Milling and overlay of 61st Way was completed the week of Nov. 2. All three station elevators have passed inspection. Plumbing/mechanical and electrical passed inspections are set for the week of Nov. 9. Installation of station signage and landscaping continue.

A proposed $500-million project to improve commuter train service in Chicago and its suburbs includes adding four stops in McHenry County, the Chicago Tribune reports. Prairie Grove and Johnsburg would get train depots. Those communities are along a branch line off the Metra UP Northwest Line that veers north near Crystal lake, Ill., to the city of McHenry. The other proposed stops would be about 1.5 miles apart along tracks that run parallel to U.S. Highway 14. Those stops would be between existing downtown depots in Crystal Lake and Woodstock.

Vancouver's  TransLink Board Chair Dale Parker said that TransLink President Tom Prendergast would leave the organization to take the helm of North America's largest subway and bus system, New York City Transit Authority.

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