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TTC LRV deliveries gaining ground The roller-coaster-ride story of the Toronto Transit Commission's 204-unit Bombardier Flexity Outlook LRV order appears to be leveling off.
Asplund new head of Florida East Coast Rwy. Florida East Coast Railway, the regional carrier operating 350 miles of main line from Miami to Jacksonville, has a new President and Chief Executive Officer.
Brightline slates fares and service date Brightline announced a new launch date for revenue service as well as schedule and fares for the private South Florida passenger rail operations.
Crude oil leads 2018 carloads week The Association of American Railroads said U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jan. 6 totaled 415,862 carloads and intermodal units, down 4.6% from the year-ago week.
G&W’s Hellmann Railroader of the Year The 55th annual recipient of Railway Age’s Railroader of the Year Award is Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Chairman, President and CEO John C. “Jack” Hellmann, leader of the world’s largest short line and regional railroad holding company, with 122 properties in five countries operating more than 15,000 miles of rail lines.

Breaking News

CSX on Jan. 16 announced fourth-quarter 2017 net earnings of $4.1 billion, or $4.62 per share, vs. $458 million, or $0.49 per share in the same period last year.
U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jan. 13, 2018 of 511,937 carloads and intermodal units represented a marginal 0.5% gain compared with the same week last year, the Association…
GE Transportation has signed two contracts valued at more than $900 million with Kazakhstan’s state-run railroad Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ)—the company’s largest international rail customer—for 300 switcher locomotives and an…
Retired CN Assistant Chief Engineer Darrell Clinton Francis died Dec. 18, 2017. He was 60.
The Central Maine & Québec Railway has named Chad Mowery as Vice President Operations, a promotion that was effective Jan. 1, and J. Wesley Logan as General Manager Operations, effective…

Blogs and More

crew-resource-management-cure-for-amtrak’s-safety-woes?
January 10, 2018
Amtrak has a new Executive Vice President and Chief Safety Officer, and he is a former chief safety officer at both Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines. The Jan. 9 appointment of Ken Hylander clearly signals that Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson—also a Northwest and Delta...
staggers-what?-time-for-a-name-change
January 09, 2018
Have others noticed that aside from those few souls conscripted to promote the interests of railroads on Capitol Hill, the term “Staggers Rail Act” has lost its intended meaning?
accidents-that-didn’t-have-to-happen
January 06, 2018
On Dec. 18, 2017, Amtrak 501, the first Cascades passenger train operating over the Point Defiance Bypass in Washington State, careened off the rails as it entered a 30-mph speed-restricted curve at 80 mph. The investigations into the accident’s cause may take a year, even...
the-new-york-times-magazine-the-case-for-the-subway
January 05, 2018
Jonathan Mahler, a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, has written what I believe to be the definitive story of New York City’s subway system, to date. Mahler’s piece, available here in its entirety, is provocative, thought-provoking, and even a bit disturbing. In...
a-rail-landmark-for-the-melonas-men
January 03, 2018
BNSF has honored three generations of railroaders with a new siding in Washington State.

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