OSHA Rule Clarifies Railroad Construction Standards

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed a rule affecting construction equipment working on or along railroad tracks.

Renamed Decatur Central Railroad Gets New Operators, Rehab

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Reconstruction of Desert Line Railroad Approved

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A new company will take over repairs and eventual operations of the Desert Line railroad, clearing the way for repairs to begin this summer and for trains to move goods made in Mexico into the United States by 2018. Baja California Railroad (Baja Rail) will sublease the old 70-mile Desert Line railway in southeastern San Diego County rail line from Pacific Imperial Railroad (PIR) who has been leasing the tracks from the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) for 4 years

Railroads Meet Train-Systems Deadline

ENR Construction

Freight and commuter railroads across the U.S. achieved enough milestones by a Dec. 31, 2018, federal deadline for installing automatic train control systems to avoid potential federal penalties

PNT and MiFi Allow Drones to Inspect Railroads

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Perspective Navigation Technology (PNT) has answered a challenge that the Union Pacific Railroad and other industries that work in and around heavy metal structures encounter. The UP railroad was using drones guided by GPS technology to inspect bridges but found that the GPS signals between the drone and the operator were getting distorted or cut by the steel structures

Metra Union Pacific/West Commuter Railroad Station


Construction of Chicago’s new Metra Union Pacific/West commuter railroad station in Lombard, Ill., marks a major improvement for riders as well as the residents of the Village of Lombard. Prior to building the sparkling new station, riders simply boarded from two uncovered platforms. Now, the nearly 1,300 weekday riders enjoy the convenience and shelter of 250 linear feet of curved metal roof canopies on either side of the tracks

Manhattan DA charges former Metro-North Railroad employee, two others in bid-rigging scheme

Construction Dive

WRS Environmental Services, according to the district attorney, won Metro-North contracts worth $10 million by using inside information and is also charged

Danger: Railroad Crossings

ENR Construction

11.2-million-sq-ft first phase of air-rights development is at the mercy of the track outages offered by the Long Island Railroad. Buildings

Workin' On Chicago's Southside Railroad Starts Next Spring

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It takes about 30 hours for a freight train to make it through Chicago. Next March will bring a fix.

I've been working on the railroad.


Not as much as I wish. Lots of things going in life, but in the last week+ I've found a few moments to put some time in. I was able to rig up some temporary wiring and thanks to the acquisition this summer got a DC locomotive up and running on temporary track. Lorenzo loved it. Sub-roadbed has been cut for the next sections and test fitted (as you'll see in the pics).

Chicago Railroad Makeover Starts Next Spring

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It takes about 30 hours for a freight train to make it through Chicago. Next March will bring a fix. Chicago's rail transportation system is massive, impressive, unmatched anywhere else in the country, and suffering from a tangled spaghetti bowl of rail lines that require (video) eight rail lines to mingle, merging five lines into just two lines.

Underground Railroad Visitor Center tells story of oppression, then freedom


The $21 million, 15,000-sf Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Church Creek, Md., uses engaging displays and exhibits to tell the story of Harriet Tubman’s life. The building’s design expresses the importance of traveling northward to escape the circumstances of slavery through an integrated site, building, and exhibit design. The museum is conceived as a series of abstracted forms made up of two main structures, one administrative and one exhibit.

FRA: 12 Railroads May Miss Train-Control Systems Deadline

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Freight railroads have positive train control systems on 60% of their route miles, passenger lines lag, at 25

Long-Stalled $1.5B Utah Railroad Project Now On Right Track

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Plans for a long-sought freight railway in northeastern Utah are moving forward through a public-private partnership and the support of state and local officials

Collapsing Alpine Railroad Tunnel Forces German Contractor To Bury TBM

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A section of international Rhine Valley Railroad started sinking in mid-August as the 10.9-m-dia, 93-m-long bentonite machine worked a few meters below in ground that had been supposedly stabilized by freezing

First Railroad Bridge Between Russia and China Set to Open

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In his speech at the recent Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, Vladimir Putin indicated that Russian cooperation is essential to overcome challenges to the BRI in Eurasia

Railroads Not Ready to Meet Positive Train Control Mandate

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Despite a historic pace for the installation of new railroad signaling and monitoring technologies, U.S. freight and commuter railroads will not meet the Federal Railroad Administration-imposed deadline to equip infrastructure assets with positive train controls (PTCs) by Dec. 31, according to an August report from the agency. Infrastructure

1/4 Million May Go Without Heat While Utility and Railroad Argue

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Nicor Gas filed suit yesterday to force Canadian National Railway (CN) to give Nicor's contractor access to the site where a tanker train derailed near a gas pipeline that was under construction at the time. After the freight train derailed in Plainfield, Illinois on June 30, spilling more than 30,000 gallons of crude oil, the CN Rail Road said utility company, Nicor Gas , was to blame for the accident because soil beneath the tracks gave way while a gas pipeline was being rebuilt nearby

Infrastructure Crash Course for Railroads

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Spate of oil-train derailments in U.S. and Canada provokes calls for better track maintenance, safer cars, more oversight. Infrastructure

Trains Start Rolling on $313 million San Gabriel Railroad Trench

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Illinois Constructors Complete Norfolk Southern Railroad Superstructure Bridge in Delaware, Ohio

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CHICAGO, Ill. -- Bridge work is completed and on time for the Norfolk Southern Railroad superstructure bridge project over the Olentangy River north of Delaware, Ohio by Illinois Constructors. The reconstruction involved a 400-foot, four-span bridge with two tracks and included a bridge raising to allow for a new closed deck timber bridge. Each track bridge required removal and was replaced during a seven-day track outage that was planned before the launch of the site work. . frontpage

Twin Vehicular Tunnels Beneath Norfolk Southern Railroad

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Best Safety Project and Best Small Project (under $10 million). Bonus Regions

Railroads Make Headway on Safety Systems, but Some May Miss Dec. 31 Deadline

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FRA says NJ Transit, three other commuter lines "at risk" of not complying with yearend mandate

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California bullet train authority approves $1.6B RFP

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The California High-Speed Rail issued the request for proposals to three design-build groups, even though the Federal Railroad Administration said it would not approve the RFP

Massive Railroad Truss Rolls Into Place

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A massive modular-assisted truss in Chicago move may be largest of its kind. Infrastructure

Iowa approves $3.4B infrastructure plan

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The transportation commission approved a 2019-2023 program that includes airport, transit, railroad, trail and highway projects

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FRA Sees Train-Control Systems Progress, But Some Railroads May Miss Deadline

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Nine commuter rail lines "at risk" of failing to reach Dec. 31 target

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W.T. Byler Named ENR Texas & Louisiana's 2020 Specialty Contractor of the Year

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ENR Texas & Louisiana has selected civil site work and turnkey railroad contractor W.T. Byler Co. as the region’s 2020 Specialty Contractor of the Year

$12B Texas bullet train construction could start this year

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Texas Central Partners is pressing on with the Dallas-to-Houston line and will appeal a court ruling that denied it railroad designation and land rights

Texas High-Speed Rail Proposal Receives Two Key Federal Approvals

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Railroad agency signoffs provide some momentum for private developer, which earlier this year paused plans for $20B effort due to coronavirus pandemic’s impact on global financial markets

FRA: Railroads Show Small Gains in Installing Train-Control Systems

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Freight carriers have PTC on 12% of their miles as of Sept 30, up from 9% in June; passenger lines edge up to 23%, from 22

Infrastructure Inspiration for Dudley Do-Right of the Canadian Mounties

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Late 19th Century railroad viaduct for the Klondike Gold Rush

Active Interference Wins Skee Ball Points and Precludes Enforcement of A “No Damages for Delay” Clause

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Missouri Pacific Railroad Company , 668 F.2d Case Law Claims and Disputes Contract Docs Legal Trends active interference Missouri Pacific Railroad no damages for delay owner interference u.s. Last week during family skate night, my daughter asked me for two quarters to play some Skee-Ball. I loved playing that game as a kid.

NY Gov. Cuomo backs Bronx-Manhattan rail project

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The Pennsylvania Access Project involves the construction of four new Metro-North Railroad stations and modification of existing infrastructure

Riding the Snowmelt Train

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In addition to a residential driveway and walkway, snowmelt was the perfect solution for a miniature railroad system throughout the homeowner’s property

How to Lay Pipe Culverts? [PDF]

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Pipe culvert is a tunnel structure constructed using pipes under roadways or railroads to provide cross drainage or to take electrical or other. How To Guide Work Procedures

2018 Reconstruction Awards: Honorable mentions


For more than 30 years, the Dansville-Mount Morris Railroad (D&MM) train depot sat abandoned, slowly rotting, in the heart of this Western New York town of 5,300. The building served as a commercial stop for 90 years for this short-line railroad, which still operates today as part of the Rochester and Southern Railroad . Back on track. Battle Street Brewery. An eyesore train depot becomes a community gem. Photo: Chuck Little Photography.

Portageville Bridge Replacement: Highway/Bridge Award of Merit 2018

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The Portageville Bridge is the first true arch bridge built for the railroad industry since the 1940s

$7M Grant To Help Tennessee Build Port Of Cates Landing Rail Extension 

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miles of rail to connect to nearby railroad and industrial park, promoting job creation in Tennessee’s most economically disadvantaged county. Federal BUILD grant will help construct 5.5

Court Ruling Elevates Eminent Domain Battle on $20B Texas Rail Project

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State high court now must weigh landowners' challenge to private firm's authority as 'operating railroad' to survey or take over route parcels