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Deal for Chicago Rail Line Approved

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Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Surface Transportation Board on Wednesday approved a merger of rail companies, in a move designed to relieve rail and auto traffic congestion in the Chicago area.

The board unanimously approved the Canadian National Railway Co.’s purchase of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway Co. from U.S. Steel Corp. Canadian National offered to pay $300 million for the line and spend another $140 million to upgrade the line and help communities mitigate the traffic impacts.

There was a lot of politicking around this one – but it came down to some communities against others. And despite the “threat” that the election of Barack Obama was supposed to pose to the deal, common sense prevailed.

This will also be good news for Prince Rupert – as the route from there to the midwest will now see significant time savings.

EJ&E rail train at Gilmer Road in Hawthorn Woods

EJ&E rail train at Gilmer Road in Hawthorn Woods

Written by Stephen Rees

December 24, 2008 at 12:24 pm

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  1. Any news about trains are good news… unrelated to that but still having to do with railways: on Monday Dec. 22 the Globe had on page B1 an article by Eric Reguly titled “Stimulus will serve the loudest, not the smartest” the continuation of the article on page B2 was subtitled “upgrading our railways would make sense” with a photo of what was supposed to be 2 Bombardier locomotives. I knew right away that they were 2 LRT, not locos. My not so sharp older eyes could clearly read on one LRT (the other was showing its back end) A at the top left (for line A) and, at the bottom of the windshield, “Metro do Porto”. A quick look at confirmed that it was the Porto LRT, from ADtranz, a German company that Bombardier bought in 2001. Obviously the Globe photo archivists have no clue about trams and locomotives.. so very Canadian..

    Red frog

    December 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm

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