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CN Increases Speed Limit for Amtrak in Illinois

February 8, 2020

It might look like the City of New Orleans but this is actually the southbound Saluki racing through Pesotum, Illinois, on Feb. 2, 2020, with Superliner equipment.

Canadian National is allowing Amtrak trains to operate at higher speeds in some locations between Chicago and Carbondale, Illinois.

An online report said CN increased the speed limit for passenger trains between Homewood (MP 23.5) to MP 3 from 65 mph to 79 mph.

The speed was increased on Main Tracks 3 and 4 south of Homewood to Stuenkel from 40 mph to 79 mph.

The report said this has reduced the delays incurred by the northbound Illini meeting the southbound City of New Orleans south of Homewood, which it sometimes does when the Illini is running late.

Nos. 59 and 392 should pass each other north of Homewood if both trains are on time.

On many occasions the trains have met near Kankakee or farther south.

Amtrak also has assigned a set of Superliner equipment to the train set that makes up the southbound Saluki and northbound Illini.

One report is that the set has four coaches and three sleepers although the latter are unoccupied and designed to enable Amtrak trains to meet a CN-mandated minimum axle count.

In the meantime, the train set covering the northbound Saluki and southbound Illini continues to use single-level equipment that CN requires to slow for grade crossings.

Superliner equipment reportedly has no such speed restrictions at crossings.

VIA Hires Firms for Engineering Work

February 3, 2020

VIA Rail Canada has hired a joint venture of AECOM and Arup as the engineer to analyze a proposed high-frequency rail service in the Quebec City-Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto corridor.

The joint venture will provide technical and engineering matters during the pre-procurement phase of the project.

Engineering and technical analysis is required for the project to receive final recommendation. The project also involves conducting an environmental assessment and undertaking site investigation studies, including geotechnical studies.

The Canadian Infrastructure Bank has committed CA$55 million in funding for planning and pre-procurement work for the project while the Canadian government added CA$16.1 million in funding for Transport Canada and VIA Rail to support the project.

Washington Eyes Canadian Fund for High-Speed Route

January 8, 2018

A new $35 billion Canadian infrastructure bank might be used to help develop a high-speed ground transportation route between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.

The fund was established to develop economic growth within Canada by using public funds to attract private investment for major infrastructure projects, such as bridges, transit systems and rail lines, as well as cross-border projects.

Washington state governor Jay Inslee wants to study the possibility of using the bank, saying that,“The CIB, once fully operational, could provide a potential key source to finance major infrastructure projects such as the UHSGT project.”

A report issued by Washington state said the HSR project could satisfy the CIB’s financial and commercial requirements, such as generating revenue.

The proposed line could extend southward to Portland, Oregon, and feature trains traveling at speeds of up to 250 mph.

The estimated cost of the line is between $24 billion and $42 billion. The technology used could be high-speed rail, magnetic-levitation rail or a hyperloop.