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Rail projects set to receive funding

Blair, Cambria, Clearfield among operations on list

Two Blair County rail operations as well as one each in Cambria and Clearfield counties are among 26 rail freight improvement projects statewide receiving funding.

Altoona freight railcar repair facility Union Tank Car Co. will receive a $1 million grant through PennDOT to rehabilitate a transfer table pit retaining walls. A transfer table is used to move locomotives and train cars from one section of track to another.

“Railroading remains a key to Pennsylvania’s economy and our local economy. This funding will help propel it forward while retaining and creating jobs,” state Rep. Lou Schmitt, R-Altoona, said.

State Sen. Judy Ward, R-Blair, said, “Union Tank Car, a leader in tank car manufacturing, leasing and repair, is committed to high-value rail transportation solutions for its customers. This project will help UTLX in this mission and will benefit the local community.”

Also in Blair County, Everett Railroad has been awarded $232,554 to upgrade 3 miles of track as it connects to a new cement transload terminal,

“The Everett Railroad fills an important niche, safely and reliably handling transloading bulk commodities between rail and highway trailers along the growing I-99 Corridor. This state funding will benefit the local economy by allowing the Everett Railroad to rehabilitate track in Greenfield Township, restore rail service to Sproul and complete a transload facility that will meet the transportation needs of a local manufacturer,” Ward said.

State Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Hollidaysburg, said, “The Everett Railroad has a storied history in Blair County. I appreciate those who have dedicated themselves to its rebirth since the 1980s and are positioning the railroad for the future.”

An expansion in 1995 tied together the Everett Railroad and Morrisons Cove Railroad for a 23-mile rail network. The railroad typically operates trains three days per week.

In Clearfield and Indiana counties, RJ Corman Railroad has been awarded

$3 million to replace 25 linear miles of rail and 4,800 ties and to construct a 4,000-foot siding and two turnouts on its Cherry Tree Subdivision to support export metallurgical coal.

Gautier Steel in Cambria County was awarded $289,343 to complete the final phase of a rehabilitation project that will rebuild about 1.5 miles of track, resulting in more efficient rail operations and better access within the plant.

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