Freight Rail

UP Heritage Unit on NRHS Excursion

June 22, 2012

On Father’s Day, June 17, 2012, NRHS ran a special excursion from Chicago Union Station to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Originally intended to depart at 10:30 A.M., the train was delayed two hours due to track repairs and late passengers. The special finally got under way around 12:30, and I was fortunate to catch it on […]

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Progressive Rail and Wisconsin Northern Fined For Violating Wetland Laws

May 27, 2012

The state Justice Department announced that Progressive Rail Inc. and Wisconsin Northern Railroad will be forced to pay $49,000 in forfeitures and other fees. The railroad has been accused of violating state water and wetlands laws after a construction project in October of 2011. The railroad built new tracks in order to expand a truck-rail […]

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North American Rail Shippers Meeting

March 20, 2012

According to a recent marketwatch.com press release, the North American Rail Shippers (NARS) will meet from May 23-25 at the Chicago InterContinental Hotel.  The meeting will feature speakers that currently hold leadership positions in several different sectors of the railroad shipping industry, including: Association of American Railroads/CSX Chairman Michael Ward; USG Corporation CEO, president and […]

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AAR Announces Record Investment for 2012

February 5, 2012

The American freight rail industry will experience one of its greatest years for capital investment, according to a recent report by marketwatch.com.  The Association of American Railroads (AAR) announced a plant to invest $13 billion in 2012 to expand, upgraded and enhance the national freight rail network.  The investment total of $13 billion is a […]

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Union Pacific To Invest $1 Billion In Nebraska After 150 Years Of Service

January 21, 2012

Union Pacific Chairman and CEO Jim Young announced Friday that the company will invest $1 billion in Nebraska rail upgrades over the next 7 years.  Across the state, the funds will be spent on three major projects.  First, Union Pacific will use $70 million to expand capacity, add track, and update technology at its North […]

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New Rail And Engineering Center at U. of Illinois

January 18, 2012

The University of Illinois announced Tuesday in a press release that they plan to add a rail transportation and engineering center to the school.  The U.S Department of Transportation will allocate $3.5 million to set up the center.  Called the NURail Center, this program, according to the University’s news release, will address problems with using […]

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