Sisseton Milbank Railroad (SMRC) operates 37 miles of line between Milbank and Sisseton, South Dakota. SMRC serves the communities of Sisseton, Peever, Wilmot and Corona, SD.

South Dakota Rail Project Receives Governor’s Support

South Dakota’s Senate Transportation Committee on Feb. 8 unanimously voted to endorse legislation that would provide $6.25 million to the Sisseton Millbank Railroad Company (SMRC) from the state government’s general fund to rebuild a railroad in northeastern South Dakota, according to a report.

The Guadalupe River Bridge Replacement Project will replace the Northbound Bridge (MT-1), built in 1935, and extend the Southbound Bridge (MT-2) for passenger and freight rail service.

Caltrain Advances Guadalupe River Bridge Replacement Project

Caltrain on Jan. 31 will host a virtual community meeting on the $63.3 million Guadalupe River Bridge Replacement Project in San Jose, Calif., which will replace the northbound wooden trestle bridge built in 1935 and extend the southbound concrete bridge built in 1990.

Map of Heart of Georgia (HOG) Railroad, a Genesee & Wyoming subsidiary

GDOT Completes Upgrade Project for HOG

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) in January wrapped up its first Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program grant project, which included upgrades along 138 miles of the 219-mile Heart of Georgia (HOG) Railroad.

Ohio Commission OK’s Grade Crossing Safety Projects

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has approved safety upgrades at highway/rail grade crossings in Clinton, Fairfield and Jackson counties.

American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association

ASLRRA Working to Advocate for Railroads Experiencing Damage from Natural Disasters

Railway Track & Structures’ cover story for the November 2022 issue focused on the severe damage to the Seminole Gulf Railway in southwest Florida by Hurricane Ian. The storm not only impacted the railroad, but the service it provides to the community after a natural disaster occurs, especially moving building materials along its lines to support rebuilding efforts.

Watch: Iowa Interstate Acquires Iowa City Industrial Campus Parcel for New Rail-to-Truck Transload Center

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – The Iowa Interstate Railroad announced its recent purchase of approximately 30 acres at Iowa City’s Industrial Campus to develop a new rail-to-truck transloading facility. The site, located on the southeast side of Iowa City and including an existing rail spur, connects to the 573-mile IAIS network, providing shippers with direct access to all 7 Class-I railroads and numerous short line railroads. The site is located near I-80, US 6, and US 218.

MDOT Rail Enhancement Program Solicits Applications to Improve Freight Corridors

Applications are being accepted for the Michigan Rail Enhancement Program to upgrade freight rail facilities and corridors that enhance operational efficiency, accessibility, system capacity, and system condition.

ICC Approves Highway/Rail Grade Crossing Projects

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) last month reported signing off on stipulated agreements to improve safety at highway/rail grade crossings in Fayette, Pike, Stephenson and McLean counties.

The Center for Railroad Photography and Art of Madison, Wis., and independent author Sandra Jackson-Opoku of Chicago have received research fellowships from the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society.

R&LHS Awards 2022 Research Grants

The Railway & Locomotive Historical Society (R&LHS) has selected the Center for Railroad Photography and Art of Madison, Wis., for the 2022 William D. Middleton Research Fellowship, and independent author Sandra Jackson-Opoku

PUCO Approves Rail Crossing Upgrades in Five Counties

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) on Dec. 14 approved safety upgrades at rail crossings in Allen, Crawford, Defiance, Fayette and Logan counties.

Sumitomo Forestry America is bringing an investment of $19.5 million and 129 new jobs to Randolph County, N.C., though a planned wood-products manufacturing facility, to be served by Norfolk Southern.

NCRR Investing in New Rail-Served Site

North Carolina Railroad Company (NCRR) is investing approximately $200,000 in a new rail-served site, where a wood-products manufacturing facility will be built.

Aberdeen Carolina and Western Railway is one of 12 North Carolina short lines to receive grant funding under the state’s Freight Rail and Rail Crossing Safety Improvement Program. (Aberdeen Carolina and Western Railway Photograph)

NCDOT Awards $12MM for Small-Road Infrastructure Improvements

Twelve short lines will share approximately $12 million in infrastructure-improvement grant funding from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

BNSF’s Katie Farmer Named Railway Age’s 2023 Railroader of the Year

Railway Age’s 2023 Railroader of the Year Award, the 60th annual, goes to a groundbreaking North American rail industry leader: BNSF President and Chief Executive Officer Katie M. Farmer. “Katie Farmer permanently

ASLRRA, NRC Comments Address Proposed Rule to Amend Certain Training Regulations

WASHINGTON – On Nov. 29, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) submitted comments to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) concerning a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend regulations concerning training, qualification and oversight for safety-related railroad employees (Training Rule).

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Photograph Courtesy of Clark County, Wash., Public Works

For Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, a $4.7MM Upgrade

The first phase of a $4.7 million rehabilitation project will start this fall on the 33-mile Chelatchie Prairie Railroad in Washington state.

Pennsylvania North Shore Railroad Now Serving New Propane Terminal

The Pennsylvania North Shore Railroad is now serving a new 240,000-gallon propane terminal in Northumberland, Pa., which opened on Nov. 22.

Here We Go Again – Tropical Storm Nicole Takes Aim at Florida

Just a few weeks after Hurricane Ian wreaked havoc through much of Florida, particularly in the Fort Myers area, forecasters are keeping a watchful eye on Tropical Storm Nicole, which appears to be headed to some of the same areas hit by Ian.


Watco Helps Small Town Land a New Manufacturer

Short line operator Watco recently announced that it facilitated a plant location in Neodesha, Kan., which is in the southwest part of the state.

November Railway Track & Structures Digital Edition Now On Line

The November 2022 issue of Railway Track & Structures is now available digitally, with a cover story about the impact of Hurricane Ian on the Seminole Gulf Railway.

Politicians Get to the Point-No-Point: Conrail

Conrail Shared Assets executives recently led a tour of the construction site of the Point-No-Point Bridge replacement project in Kearny, N.J. for staff members of New Jersey’s U.S. Senate delegation. The purpose