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  • Discussion pertaining to the past and present operations of the LAL, the WNYP, and the B&H. Official site: LALRR.COM.
Discussion pertaining to the past and present operations of the LAL, the WNYP, and the B&H. Official site: LALRR.COM.

Moderator: Luther Brefo

  by railfan44

Thirty-nine freight rail companies and users can make upgrades and expand capacity with a $24.5 million state investment from PennDOT's Rail Freight Capital Budget/Transportation Assistance and Rail Freight Assistance Programs, Governor Edward G. Rendell announced today. "Upgrading and expanding our freight rail lines helps maintain service and also opens the door to greater business opportunities," Governor Rendell said. "These investments will help meet growing demand for freight rail service and also help ease highway congestion by reducing the number of trucks on our roadways." The state will invest $15 million from the capital budget program and an additional $9.5 million from the Rail Freight Assistance Program.

The capital budget program is funded through state capital bond dollars repaid through General Fund revenues. The Rail Freight Assistance Program is provided through the state's General Fund. The grants, which are authorized by the General Assembly, are administered by PennDOT's Bureau of Rail Freight.

o Adams County: Gettysburg & Northern Railroad Company -- $247,842 to extend two tracks at the Green Mountain Road Property to expand rail business and transloading opportunities.
o Allegheny County: Leetsdale Industrial -- $624,834 to rehabilitate track and for new construction at various locations throughout the industrial park. Mol-Dok, Inc. -- $295,400 to rehabilitate track and turnouts, and to rebuild several grade crossings at the former Bethlehem Steel Mill Site. Pittsburgh, Allegheny, & McKees Rocks RR Co. -- $283,150 to rehabilitate existing track and construct new track at the McKees Rocks yard. Pittsburgh and Ohio Central Railroad -- $1.4 million to enhance yard capacity and efficiency with improvements including tie, track and turnout replacement or installation. USS Real Estate Div. of USSC -- $1.3 million for phase two of track improvements for Mon Valley Works, including switch replacement and associated track work.
o Beaver County: Colona Transfer, LP -- $700,000 to rehabilitate track and for construction to support increased unit train coal shipments. Horsehead Corporation -- $136,174 to rehabilitate tracks and a grade crossing within the plant facility.
o Berks County: Dyer Quarry, Inc. -- $331,311 to rehabilitate existing track, install truck scales and conveying systems, and construct new track with unloading pits.
o Bradford, Wyoming counties: Lehigh Railway -- $225,750 to replace 4,300 crossties over the 56-mile rail line.
o Bucks County: Junell Corp/Advanced Lubricants -- $336,350 to rehabilitate track and install equipment for loading and unloading of rail tank cars.
o Cambria, Clearfield, Indiana counties: RJ Corman Railroad Group -- $700,336 to rehabilitate track, replace bridge ties and bearing block, and complete concrete repairs.
o Cameron, Luzerne, McKean, Tioga counties: D & I Silica -- $700,000 to construct two new transloading facilities and improve the functionality of two existing facilities for transloading of silica sand from rail cars to trucks for local gas-well production.
o Chester County: East Penn Railroad LLC -- $280,000 to install new ties and improve tracks.
o Clearfield County: River Hill Coal Company Inc. -- $604,800 to install scale and loading/unloading equipment, drainage work and relocate utilities to accommodate loading of unit coal trains.
o Clinton County: South Avis Realty -- $500,178 to rehabilitate track and construct new track and three turnouts.
o Elk County: Buffalo Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc. -- $1.7 million to construct a siding and reactivate a bridge over the Clarion River to connect to another railroad.
o Erie County: Greater Erie Industrial Development Corporation -- $555,940 to reactivate track in the former International Paper Mill Site including rehabilitating track, four turnouts, controls and signage.
o Fayette, Westmoreland counties: Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway, Co. -- $1 million to rehabilitate concrete pedestal at 40 locations, replace bridge deck timbers, install bridge approach ties, and bridge approach track improvements.
o Huntingdon County: East Broad Top Railroad -- $700,000 to rehabilitate track to bring a rail spur back into service. Mount Union Connecting Railroad -- $325,000 to rehabilitate track to bring a rail spur back into service.
o Lackawanna County: Canadian Pacific/D & H Railway Co. -- $392,000 to rehabilitate and replace track. Delaware Lackawanna Railroad -- $340,200 to replace bridge timbers on four bridges, install crossties, replace rail, and track-surfacing work between Scranton and Carbondale
o Lancaster County: Lancaster Propane -- $249,996 to install new track and a Norfolk Southern turnout. Norfolk Southern Dillerville Yard -- $3 million to remodel part of the yard, including track, utilities and structural work.
o Luzerne County: Hazleton Creek Properties -- $250,000 for phase two of a four-phase project, including construction of track for dredge-materials disposal on a brownfield site slated for redevelopment. Redevelopment Authority of Luzerne County -- $203,700 to replace ties and resurface track. Valley Distributing & Storage Company -- $186,850 to rehabilitate track, turnout and on-site grade-crossing, and do excavation and drainage work.
o Lycoming County: Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. -- $387,285 to extend an existing siding across a road onto Hawbaker property. Lundy Industrial Realty, LP -- $249,900 to construct track for loading and unloading operations to increase capacity.
o Mercer County: Duferco Farrell Corporation -- $761,530 to rehabilitate track and turnout and construct an additional 1.5 miles of track.
o Mifflin County: Standard Steel, LLC -- $210,000 to replace tangent track and three turnouts within facility's "scrap yard."
o Northumberland County: ConAgra Foods -- $249,988 to construct new track to facilitate rail service to the distribution center.
o Pike, Wayne counties: Stourbridge Railroad -- $3.2 million to rehabilitate 23 miles of track, including bridge rehabilitation, to bring line up to operating standards.
o Schuylkill County: Carbon County Railroad Commission -- $435,456 to rehabilitate and repair the Hometown High Bridge on a railroad line leased by Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad. Premium Fine Coal -- $219,975 to construct a siding.
o Somerset County: PBS Coals -- $694,000 to rehabilitate 10 miles of track.
o Tioga County: Wellsboro & Corning Railway Company -- $176,575 to install new ties and track surfacing.
o Westmoreland County: Three Rivers Marine and Rail Terminal, LP -- $195,996 to replace bridge ties and rehabilitate track.
For more information, visit www.dot.state.pa.us or call (717) 783-8800. (Pa DOT, Randy Kotuby - posted 12/11)