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News December 18, 2014
STB Sets Review Timeline for NS-D&H Deal
Comments are due Jan. 15 to the Surface Transportation Board on Norfolk Southern’s bid to acquire Delaware & Hudson Railway trackage in the Northeast. Read more
L.B. Foster to Market Tracksure Fasteners
Tracksure, a UK-based rail technology company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Wheelsure Holdings Ltd., has finalized a distribution agreement authorizing L.B. Foster Company to sell Tracksure track fastening products in North America. Read more
LIRR Makes Executive Staff Appointments
Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) President Patrick A. Nowakowski has announced that three executives have been appointed to new positions on the railroad’s staff. Read more
Bombardier Wins Maintenance Contract for Italy Trains
Trenitalia, Italy’s rail transport authority, has awarded a 10-year contract to maintain its fleet of 50 V300ZEFIRO very high speed trains to a consortium of Bombardier Transportation and the transport engineering firm of AnsaldoBreda. Read more
CSX Opens Intermodal Terminal Near Montreal
CSX has opened a new 89-acre intermodal terminal in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield near Montreal, Quebec. Read more
DePallo Resigns as CEO of Los Angeles’ Metrolink
Metrolink CEO Michael P. DePallo has announced that he will be leaving his position at the Southern California commuter rail agency, effective January 2, to pursue other opportunities. Read more
FreightCar America Expands Production in Alabama
FreightCar America, Inc. is adding an additional railcar production line with a $10 million expansion to its Shoals Facility in Alabama. Read more
G&W Reports Increased November Traffic
Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) has reported a total of 160,669 carloads for the month of November 2014. Read more
Wisconsin DOT Finalizes Purchase of UP Rail Line
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has finalized the $30 million purchase of the Madison to Reedsburg and Cottage Grove rail corridor from Union Pacific Railroad (UP). Read more
On Press
The January edition of The Official Railway Equipment Register (Vol. 130, No. 3) is at the printer and will be on its way soon to subscribers. Highlights of the latest issue include:

  • 692 pages of detailed railcar information on equipment owned or controlled by railroads.
  • 692 pages of detailed railcar data on equipment owned or controlled by private car owners, including lessors or shippers.
  • new railcar listing registrations for Kuraray America, Inc. (KURX) and Nachurs Alpine Solutions Inc. (NAXX).
  • transfer of reporting marks CWBX from C. W. Brooks, Inc. to Inspiration Holdings, Inc.; JRTX from Jefferson Midstream Logistics, LLC to FTAI Railcar Holdings, LLC; BAR, CDAC, MMA, VB from Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway, LTD to Central Maine & Quebec Railway; and others.
  • reporting mark added for Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC (MTZX).


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