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NRC Bulletin - October 23, 2012
NRC Welcomes New Members 
Collins Engineers
Gonzalez & Sons Equipment
Kimley-Horn & Associates
Randall Miller & Associates
Schaefer Electronics, Inc.


2013 NRC Conference 

January 9-12, 2013
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in Miami, FL

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  1. Registration Open for the NRC Conference at Loews Hotel Miami Beach in Miami, FL, January 9-12, 2013 
  2. 2012 NRC/RT&S Safety Awards Contest Now Open - Applications due November 30th 
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Conference1. Registration Open for the 2013 NRC Conference at Loews Hotel Miami Beach in Miami, FL, January 9-12, 2013 


The NRC will be holding its 35th Annual Conference on Wednesday, January 9 through Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami, Florida.


Please register now and make your travel plans for the 2013 NRC Conference & Exhibition

Activities will begin on Wednesday afternoon and go through Saturday evening.

See for more information.

You can register for the conference online at:

Early bird registration ends 11/1/12.  


Exhibit booths are sold out for the NRC-REMSA Exhibition, but sponsorship opportunities are available. View available sponsorships or at contact NRC Operations Manager Ashley Bosch at or 202.715.1247 for more information.


Conference Program: A draft of the 2013 NRC Conference Program can be found at:


The NRC room block at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel is currently sold out, but you can check for available rooms by calling 877-563-9762 or going to  For the NRC's recommended nearby overflow hotel options, visit:


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Golf Tournament Registration is now available. The 2013 NRC Golf Tournament will be taking place Friday afternoon January 11. For more information and to register, visit:


Fishing Tournament Registration is now available. The 2013 NRC Fishing Tournament will be taking place Friday afternoon January 11. For more information and to register, visit:  


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For conference related questions, contact NRC Operations Manager Ashley Bosch at or 202-715-1247.


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Safety 2.  2012 NRC/RT&S Safety Award Contest Now Open - Applications due November 30th


The NRC is inviting all member contractors to participate in the 2012 NRC/RT&S Contractor Safety Award Contest. The contest application and criteria are available online at


Underwritten by Commercial Insurance Associates and Railway Track & Structures magazine, these awards seek to recognize those NRC Contractor Members with strong workplace safety programs. In addition to honoring our own members, we believe this safety contest helps demonstrate our commitment to safety and sends a positive message to the railroads and transit authorities with which we do business. It is also an excellent way to let government regulators know that we understand the importance of providing a safe work environment.  Companies that participate in the contest typically find that it is a useful way to make sure that their safety program is keeping up with industry best practices, and also find that winning an award in the contest can be a very effective marketing tool. Also, as an added incentive, the winner of each category will receive one complimentary NRC conference registration for 2014 for their Safety Director or another relevant safety employee.


Awards are presented to applicants in four different categories, based on the number of employees. The categories will be evenly split based on average number of employees in the time period of Jan 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012.  Companies nominate themselves by completing the online application available online at


As has been our practice, we will publicly announce the winners at the upcoming NRC Conference and Exhibition on Friday, January 11 ( at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami, Florida, in addition to publicizing the winners on the NRC website and in the industry trade magazine Railway Track & Structures (RT&S).


A panel of executives from Class I, II, and III railroads, industry associations, and industry journals will select the winners.  The application must be received in our Washington, DC office no later than November 30, 2012.


Please don't hesitate to contact the NRC at 202-715-1247 or David Armstrong of Commercial Insurance Associates (, 615-515-6048) you have any questions.


NRCSpecialAwards 3. Now Accepting Nominees for the 2012 NRC Rail Construction Project of the Year and Field Employee of the Year Awards, and the 2013 NRC Hall of Fame Class - Nominations due November 16th


The NRC will once again be honoring the most outstanding people and projects in the rail construction and maintenance industry by awarding the annual Railroad Construction Project of the Year and Field Employee of the Year honors. In addition, we will be inducting the Class of 2013 into the NRC Hall of Fame.  These awards will honor the industry's best and brightest, and also highlight NRC member companies' commitment to hiring hardworking and dedicated people who work on the most innovative and efficient railroad projects around the country. 


The NRC is now accepting nominees for each of these awards.  Below are brief descriptions of each and you can find the official forms on the NRC website at All nominations are due by Friday, November 16th, 2012. Please submit them to NRC Grassroots Coordinator Tabitha Layman via email at


1)      Railroad Construction Project of the Year - This award honors innovation, expertise, and quality project management applied towards the successful execution of a rail construction project by an NRC member company in 2012.  Any type of rail construction project is eligible for the award, including freight rail, industrial track, rail transit, commuter rail, intercity passenger rail, rail on port facilities, and rail on military facilities. 


Criteria: Brief statements describing your company's innovation, expertise and high quality of work on the project, explanations of challenges and how you overcame them, and your safety/loss record on the project.


Application Deadline: November 16, 2012




2)      Field Employee of the Year - This award recognizes and honors the rail contracting field employee who has demonstrated the most dedication and excellence in his/her job.  The NRC Field Employee of the Year goes above and beyond what is required on a regular basis, demonstrates innovation and perseverance, is a team leader, and a great asset to the company.  The candidate must also possess a strong commitment to safety and customer satisfaction.  Any field employee of an NRC member company is eligible for the award.  Only one award will be given to the employee who best addresses the stated criteria. 


Criteria: A brief essay supporting why your candidate should be considered for this award including specific anecdotes and/or specific examples of your candidate performing quality work, prioritizing safety, providing exceptional customer service, and going above and beyond what is typically required of the job.  This statement can be written by any one of the employee's supervisors or peers, and must be endorsed by the highest ranking officer of the company who is involved with supervising or evaluating the candidate's performance.


Application Deadline: November 16, 2012




3)      Hall of Fame - The purpose of the NRC Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the NRC and the rail construction and maintenance industry.  Any current or former employee or owner of an NRC member company is eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame. 


Criteria: Brief statements describing the candidate's excellence in the rail construction and maintenance business, contributions to the rail construction and maintenance industry, leadership, and corporate citizenship.


Application Deadline: November 16, 2012




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NRCCal 4. Opportunity for NRC Members to Publicize Rail Industry Events on the NRC Industry Calendar


All NRC Members are aware of our Annual Conference, but of course that it is not the only event important to the rail construction and maintenance industry. The NRC Calendar is regularly updated with events of importance to those in the rail industry. NRC Members are encouraged to submit events, webinars, or conferences - anything of interest to companies in our industry - to be posted on the calendar.


To submit a calendar item, visit or email with the event information.

To view the NRC Industry Calendar Page, visit:


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TrueNorth 5. NRC New Member Introductions: Schaefer Electronics & TrueNorth Steel


Schaefer Electronics


Schaefer specializes in solutions for on-board and trackside heavy rail applications. Their unique design and manufacturing allows flexibility in power conversion for an endless combination of input and output voltages. Extra rugged construction ensures long-life and reliable operation in even the most demanding applications, including on-board electronics, wayside bungalows, and grade crossing signals.  They have a complete range of switchmode DC (AC)/DC converters (50W - 40 kW+), switchmode DC (AC)/AC inverters (200 VA - 36 kVA), switchmode battery chargers (50W - 40kW+), and step-up converters (50 W - 10 kW).


Their success comes from having a complete understanding of your application requirements.  Most solutions are built-to-order allowing for the ultimate in flexibility to address any requirement.  Schaefer produces custom solutions based on your (or your clients') specification or can use their years of industry experience to provide a solution from their existing product range.


Please contact Schaefer for a solution to an existing problem or with a new project or next generation product design. You can reach them at 508-435-6400 or by email or  



TrueNorth Steel


In September 2011 the Rommesmo Companies aligned their steel businesses into one name. Johnston Fargo Culvert, Huron Culvert and Tank, Fargo Tank and Steel, Dakota Steel and Supply, Mandan Steel, Precision Stair and Steel and FTC Transport are now TrueNorth Steel.  TrueNorth Steel designs reliable steel structures, tanks, corrugated pipe, and bridges.  Since 1945, one concept has guided their business:  a commitment to be the reliable, dependable provider of steel products that customers demand.  They bring decades of experience to every job to help customers find the best steel solution for their projects. Their on-staff detailers and engineers assist with design-build specialty projects as well as traditional engineer to bid work, so they can make recommendations for improvements and efficiency wherever possible.  Additionally, TrueNorth Steel brings together civil and structural engineers with detailers and fabricators to form diverse project teams to evaluate projects from every angle.


From corrugated pipe and logistics to sizeable steel structures, bridges, and storage tanks, they can provide a complete line of products for agricultural, construction, mining, road building, energy and many other industries. Their structural steel business unit helps clients design and build industrial buildings - from power plants and factories to processing plants; commercial buildings - from banks, and hospitals to convention centers. Their tank business unit started in 1945 and today represents a significant portion of their total revenue.  They deliver reliable, high quality tanks to both the agricultural and energy sectors across the US and Canada. The corrugated steel pipe business unit supplies product to a variety of industries across the central portion of the US and Canada with 5 manufacturing mills in 4 states. Their bridge business unit manufactures bridges pedestrian and vehicular traffic.  Their bridges are in place on highways, logging roads, golf courses, mining access routes, resorts, RV parks, trail systems, fish passages and are designed for each specific location.


Please contact Cliff Gjertson at 701-373-7782 or for more infomration.


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Blackburn 6.  Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn Visits Rail Supplier, Discusses Rail Industry's Impact on Tennessee's Economy


On 10/9/12, the NRC joined GoRail, a grassroots organization that unites rail stakeholders with community leaders and the public in support of rail transportation, for an event with Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) at Central Sales and Service (CSS) in Waverly, Tennessee.


Congresswoman Blackburn toured the CSS facility which manufactures rubber products for locomotives as well as passenger and freight cars.  David Armstrong of NRC member Commercial Insurance Associates participated in the event along with other rail industry representatives and shared with Congresswoman Blackburn the importance of the rail industry, our legislative goals in Congress, and explained how railroads are vital to the employment of millions of Americans like those at Central Sales and Service.


The economic story of railroads in Tennessee starts with companies like CSS and their 39 employees, but does not end there.  More than 4,000 Tennesseans work in the rail industry with combined salary and benefits totaling more than $400m.  The Department of Commerce has found that every freight rail job supports 4.5 jobs in the wider economy (like the 39 employees at CSS).


Wilkinson 7. Rail Industry Veteran Frank Wilkinson Passes Away 10/6/12


On 10/6/12, railroad industry veteran Frank Wilkinson died at the age of 63. His railroad career began in the 1970s at Industrial Track, and continued for more than 40 years at companies such as Pohl Corp., Atlantic Track & Turnout Co, and American Rail Marketing LLC (AmRail). Wilkinson also served for 20 years in the U.S. Army Infantry and National Guard, and was a member of the VFW. He was a member of Glenwood Park United Methodist Church where he was president of the Men's Club. He is survived by his wife Kathy and sons Andrew Price, Andrew Wilkinson, and James Wilkinson.

Frank's obituary can be viewed online at:, and condolences can also be sent through that website.


LBFoster 8.  L.B. Foster Rebrands Subsidiaries Acquired from Portec Rail Projects to L.B. Foster Rail Technologies

On 10/10/12, L.B. Foster announced it is changing the names of several of its subsidiary companies acquired from Portec Rail Products, Inc. to L.B. Foster Rail Technologies to more accurately brand the innovative unit and better represent its rail product development capabilities. L.B. Foster acquired the technology-based rail products manufacturer and most of its subsidiaries in December 2010.


The new Rail Technologies business manufactures friction management, track components and measurement system products for worldwide wheel/rail interface markets.


The company said it has already completed several name changes. Portec Rail Products, Inc. was changed to L.B. Foster Rail Technologies, Inc.; Kelsan Technologies Corp. was changed to L.B. Foster Rail Technologies Corp.; and Portec Rail Products (UK) Ltd. was changed to L.B. Foster Rail Technologies (UK) Ltd.


To view the press release from L.B. Foster, visit:


Sources: L.B. Foster and Progressive Railroading


NSSC 9National Salvage & Service Corporation (NSSC) and TASKpro to Research, Develop and Implement Supplemental Treatments for Crossties

On 10/12/12, National Salvage & Service Corporation (NSSC) of Bloomington, IN and TASKpro, LLC (TASKpro) of Starkville, MS entered into an agreement to research, develop and implement supplemental treatments for railroad crossties. NSSC and TASKpro will utilize TASKpro's xxtraBOR Wood Treatment System to maximize the life of in-track and recycled crossties by utilizing proven technology to arrest incipient decay, reduce the spread of invasive species and minimize "spike" kill associated with the interface of wood and mild steel.


This additional service will allow NSSC to further diversify their "cradle-to-grave" approach to servicing the railroad industry. NSSC is the largest recycler of used crossties in North America and TASKpro is a leading research and development company for wood protection systems.  They will leverage their expertise to offer the first all-inclusive supplemental treatment system for in-track and post-use crossties. The system is based on borate based technologies that have been proven in both laboratory and field studies. The application techniques will be modified to fit the end users specific needs and custom systems can be designed. NSSC and TASKpro look forward to working with the railroad industry to implement these environmentally friendly wood protection systems to maximize the life of wooden infrastructure.


For more information, contact NSSC's Jeff Broadfoot at


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Harsco 10.  Harsco Rail Group Secures Three New International Orders from Italy, India, and U.K. Totaling $85m


On 10/10/12, Harsco  announced it secured three new international orders within its Harsco Rail group totaling more than $85m in projected revenues and further adding to the group's multi-year production backlog.


The orders include Harsco's first rail grinder sale to Italy, where specially-designed and built Harsco equipment will be used to support the construction and ongoing track maintenance of a new metro line being built in Milan. This latest configuration has been engineered specifically for the smaller passageways and tighter clearances commonly found throughout Europe, and can be operated in a modular configuration that gives the customer maximum flexibility and efficiency in its rail grinding operations, based on the number of grinding heads to be operated.


The units will be built in Harsco Rail's U.S. production plants and are scheduled for delivery in 2014 and 2015. In the interim, Harsco will provide and operate a contract grinding service that will continue through delivery of the first production unit. Harsco's contract also includes long-term in-country maintenance support.


In India, Harsco has secured new orders for additional Harsco P-811 Track Renewal Trains (TRTs), a multi-functional track maintenance machine used to upgrade existing track with new rail and attachment fittings. The new units are scheduled for delivery by early 2014. They will join an existing fleet of seven TRTs already owned and operated by Indian Railways that have helped the railroad improve its track relaying programs with enhanced quality, on time performance, and safety.


Harsco also announced a multiyear extension and expansion of its ongoing contract services program in the United Kingdom, under which Harsco operates and maintains a fleet of Harsco-built Stoneblowers on behalf of the owner, Network Rail. The latest order extends Harsco's services through mid-2015 with an option for two additional years.


Developed as an alternative to traditional tamping methods for the restoration of track's vertical and lateral alignment, the Stoneblower pneumatically injects ballast under the tie to achieve track positioning to an accuracy of 1.0mm without disturbing the pre-existing compacted ballast.


To view the press release form Harsco, visit:


Sources: Harsco and Railway Age


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Wiggins 11Wiggins Island Rail Project in Australia Awards $38.5m Signaling Contract to Invensys Rail and QR National Joint Venture


On 10/11/12, QR National awarded the Aspect3 Alliance, a joint venture of Invensys Rail and QR National, a $38.5m turnkey signaling contract for part of the initial phase of the Wiggins Island Rail Project, which will significantly increase coal capacity on the central Queensland heavy-haul network.


Work began in July on the $A200m Rocklands - Stanwell Duplication Project, which involves 18km of track-doubling and construction of three new bridges between Rocklands and Stanwell on the Blackwater line.


The signaling contract, which will see the first deployment of Invensys Rail's new Westrace Mk 2 interlockings in Australia, and involves the design, supply, installation and testing of signaling equipment at Rocklands, Gracemere, Kabra, and Warren. Invensys' share of the contract is worth $A32m.


The project is due to be completed in June 2014 and will support the introduction of 1700m-long coal trains, which will serve the new Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) at the Port of Gladstone.


For more information on the Wiggins Island Rail Project, visit:


Source: International Railway Journal


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Bombardier 12. Bombardier Transportation to Operate MARC's Camden and Brunswick Lines


On 10/17/12, Maryland's Board of Public Works has approved a contract with Bombardier Transportation to operate and maintain MARC's Camden and Brunswick lines for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA).


Bombardier bid $204.7m for the five-year, eight-month contract term. The contract also includes a five-year renewal option valued at $205m. The contract replaces one now in place with CSX. After 30 years of service, CSX expressed its desire to focus on its core business, the movement of freight, and end its involvement in passenger-rail operations, according to MTA's press release.

The contract covers the operation of service and maintenance of equipment, facilities and rights of way used in providing the service along the Camden and Brunswick lines. MTA will maintain ownership of the rail cars and locomotives, while CSX will maintain ownership of the track.


To view the press release from MTA, visit: 

For more information on MARC, visit:

For more infomration on MTA, visit:


Source: Progressive Railroading


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WashDOT 13. Washington State DOT Awards $7m On-Call Engineering and Operations Contract to Jacobs Engineering Group


Oh 10/16/12, Jacobs Engineering Group announced it had been awarded a contract from the Washington State DOT (WSDOT) to provide on-call engineering and operations services in support of the agency's capital rail improvement program and other rail projects.

The three-year contract has a maximum value of $7m, with an option to extend the duration and increase the value of the contract.


Jacobs is to provide a variety of services in the areas of rail engineering, planning, operations support, equipment evaluation and procurement, program and project management, construction management and inspection, alternative project delivery, value engineering, cost estimating, cost/benefit analysis, risk analysis/management, and other professional services as required by WSDOT's Rail Office.


WSDOT has been active in expanding and improving both freight and passenger rail operations. The WSDOT website lists 21 freight rail projects it is pursuing. WSDOT also oversees Amtrak Cascades service and participation in the Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor, designated by the Federal Railroad Administration as one of 11 national high speed and higher-speed passenger rail routes.


To view the press release from Jacobs Engineering Group, visit:


Sources: Jacobs Engineering Group and Railway Age


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Mass 14Massachusetts Governor Patrick's FY13-17 Capital Investment Plan Includes $255m in Transportation Improvements

On 10/11/12, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick unveiled his FY13-17 Capital Investment Plan, which he said continues the Patrick-Murray Administration's efforts to support long-term economic growth and stimulate job creation by calling for significant investments in higher education, transportation, economic development, housing and other infrastructure and assets.


The FY13-17 Capital Investment Plan makes strategic investments in the commonwealth's long-neglected transportation system. Projects include:

* The purchase of and improvements to rail tracks along the Framingham/Worcester line, to allow greater opportunities for MassDOT to improve and increase service between Boston and Worcester;

* $51m in FY13 funding for MassDOT to continue work already underway on the Green Line extension in Somerville;

* $5.4m in FY13 for the Springfield Union Station Parking Garage, featuring the construction of a 480-space parking garage used in conjunction with the proposed development of the Union Station Regional Intermodal Transportation Center, a $45 million project with multiple funding sources;

* $200m for Chapter 90 municipal road and bridge projects, an $80m increase over the annual funding level when Governor Patrick took office.


To view the press release from the Governor's office, visit:


Sources: The Office of the Governor of Massachusetts and RT&S


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Metrolink 15. Metrolink to Receive $7.8m in California State Funds for Grade Crossing Improvements

On 10/15/12, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved $7.8m for five grade crossing safety improvement projects on the Southern California Regional Rail Authority's Metrolink commuter-rail network.

Metrolink will widen roadways and install new automatic vehicle exit gates, sidewalks, handrails, automatic pedestrian gates and traffic signal advance preemption technology.

The funding for the five projects is being allocated through the state's Proposition 1B Highway Railroad Crossing Safety Account.

Metrolink's Moorpark Avenue crossing project will receive $4.8m as part of the Ventura County Sealed Corridor Project. Construction is slated to begin in late summer 2013.

Grandview and Sonora avenue crossing improvements will receive $580,000 each as part of the Glendale Corridor grade crossing safety improvement project.

In Los Angeles, Branford Street crossing work will receive $1.3m toward the total project cost of about $3m, while a Woodley Avenue crossing project will receive $500,000 toward the $1m effort.


For more information on Metrolink, visit:


Source: Progressive Railroading


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TIFIA 16USDOT Updates List of Projects That Have Applied for TIFIA Funding, 19 Projects Projected to Cost $27.5b

On 10/11/12, The U.S. Department of Transportation published an updated list of projects that have applied for the TIFIA financing program. As of 10/11/12, the list totaled 19 projects with an estimated cost of $27.5b to complete.


To view the full list, visit:


Source: FHWA


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Dulles 17. Five Teams Chosen to Bid on Phase 2 of the Dulles Metrorail Project


On 10/17/12, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) announced the five teams selected to proceed to the final step of the procurement process to design and build the rail line, stations and systems for Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. Included are new stations at Reston Town Center, Herndon, Innovation Center, Washington Dulles International Airport, Route 606, and Route 772.  The five teams that have been selected to compete for the contract are listed below, along with their equity members:


Bechtel Transit Partners

-Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation


Capital Rail Constructors

-Clark Construction Group, LLC

-Kiewit Infrastructure South Co.


Dulles APC Railbuilders

-Archer Western Contractors, LLC

-PCL Civil Constructors, Inc.

-Corman Construction, Inc.


Dulles Metrorail Connectors

-Skanska USA Civil Southeast / Granite Construction Company

-G.A. & F.C. Wagman, Inc. / Trumbull Corporation

-Facchina Construction Company, Inc.


Silver Line Constructors

-Fluor Enterprises, Inc. / Tutor Perini Corporation / Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.


The teams were selected following an RFQ process intended to emphasize design and construction experience and professionalism and produce a short-list of up to five qualified teams to proceed to final bidding.


Additional procurement process steps will include the submission of a technical plan and pricing. The award will be made to the offeror submitting an acceptable technical proposal and lowest price. An award is anticipated in May 2013. The estimated contract cost is $1.4-1.6b. The completion of construction for Phase 2 is anticipated for mid-2018.


Construction of the first phase of the Metrorail Project to the Wiehle-Reston East Station is 82% complete and projected to open at the end of 2013.


Source: Metro Washington Airports Authority