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Gains again for U.S. freight traffic U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Aug. 16, 2014 kept its winning streak rolling, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday, Aug. 21.
Oregon OKs CBR terminal expansion One day after Oregon denied a permit for a coal export terminal on the Columbia River, a separate state body has approved plans to expand a crude-by-rail (CBR) transfer terminal serving trains and barge traffic.
OmniTRAX Canada suspends CBR moves OmniTRAX Canada said Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 it would "suspend its plans to ship crude oil for the foreseeable future," even as it "anticipates a record shipping season in 2014."
STB backs CHSRA second segment The Surface Transportation Board has ruled that the California High-Speed Rail Authority "is authorized to construct a 114-mile high-speed passenger rail line between Fresno and Bakersfield, Cal., subject to environmental mitigation conditions," thus giving the state's high speed rail effort more momentum.
Good 2Q for BNSF BNSF Railway, wholly owned by Omaha-based Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., has reported second-quarter net income of $916 million, up 4% from $884 million in the comparable quarter of 2013.

Breaking News

mitsui-rail-capital-promotes-penovich-gerber
August 21, 2014
Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC (MRC) has promoted Daniel Penovich to President and Chris Gerber to Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Both MRC executives have extensive experience with MRC as well in the railroad and railroad leasing business. Penovich joined MRC...
gains-again-for-us-freight-traffic
August 21, 2014
U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Aug. 16, 2014 kept its winning streak rolling, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday, Aug. 21. U.S. freight carload traffic for the week rose 2.8% measured against the comparable week in 2013, AAR...
for-miner-enterprises-120-years
August 21, 2014
Miner Enterprises, one of the railroad industry’s longest-standing supply companies, in 2014 is celebrating 120 years in business. Miner Enterprises received its first customer order on June 7, 1894, “to supply the rapidly growing railroad industry with high quality engineered railcar...
wabtec-acquires-brazilian-manufacturer
August 21, 2014
Wabtec Corp. said Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 it has acquired Dia-Frag, a manufacturer of friction products based in Monte Alto, Brazil. Dia-Frag has annual sales of about $40 million. Wabtec did not disclose any financial details of acquisition. Dia-Frag manufactures friction products...
meet-your-new-streetcars-toronto
August 21, 2014
The first of Toronto’s 204 new Bombardier-built, 100%-low-floor streetcars will debut on the Toronto Transit Commission’s 510 Spadina line Aug. 31, 2014. TTC has provided a detailed look at its new streetcars, dubbed “Red Rockets,” and their many features in a...

Blogs and More

blet-in-catbird-seat-over-crew-consist
August 18, 2014
News item: Vouchsafed to work jointly in gaining legislation or regulation mandating two crew members on every freight train are the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Union (SMART) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET).
high-higher-speed-rail-“the-real-story”
August 12, 2014
“Don’t believe the New York Times or the train haters who cite it: High speed rail is not an $11 billion failure.”
streetcars-belong-yes-still-on-the-street
August 08, 2014
More than two years ago, this rail advocate held to the belief that "Streetcars belong. Even on the street." I maintain this belief now more than ever, in the face of a rising tide of streetcar critics intent on scuttling the mode as it regains...
what-history-can-tell-us-about-things-to-come
July 30, 2014
In February 1882, Joseph Osgood allowed shortsightedness to steer him wrong. As newly-appointed chief engineer for the California Southern Railroad (which would later become part of the Santa Fe Railway), he was tasked with constructing a new rail line that would link the seaport city...
when-you-get-a-good-deal-take-it
July 28, 2014
Arbitrator Robert O. Harris told the United Transportation Union (UTU) and railroads in 1991, then unable to agree at the bargaining table, “Welcome to the oldest established craps game in Washington. Like the suckers in ‘Guys and Dolls,’ you are risking your futures on the...