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For Miner, a major gate order Rail equipment lessor CAI Rail Inc. has selected Miner Enterprises, Inc. to supply Double Groove III pneumatic gates for 440 plastic pellet covered hopper cars to be built by National Steel Car at its Hamilton, Ontario plant. Each railcar will be fitted with four gates, bringing the total order to 1,760 units.
APTA: Melaniphy quits; White named interim head Michael P. Melaniphy has resigned as President and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association, effective April 29. APTA Vice President-Member Services Richard A. White is Acting President and CEO until a permanent replacement is selected.
BLET, SMART-UTU reject NJT contract The members New Jersey Transit’s two largest unions, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and SMART Transportation Division-United Transportation Union (UTU), have voted against the tentative agreement reached in March between NJ Transit and a coalition of its 16 railroad unions.
AAR: Freight traffic down nearly 12% For the week ending April 23, 2016, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 491,946 carloads and intermodal units, down 11.7% compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported on April 27, 2016.
RBN Energy: CBR "a victory of American ingenuity" The North American crude-by-rail (CBR) saga “is that of a victory of good old U.S. ingenuity over the lack of pipeline capacity that stranded booming shale oil production in 2012,” writes RBN Energy LLC analyst Sandy Fielden in the final installment of hisSlow Train Coming series on the rapid rise and fall of CBR.

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May 02, 2016
Following the Railway Age/Railway Track & Structures Light Rail Conference held April 27-28 in Philadelphia, about 30 delegates toured portions of the SEPTA streetcar and light rail networks.   The tour included streetcar Line 13, the Norristown High Speed Line (former Philadelphia...
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May 02, 2016
Aurora, Ill. voted no, on one of the more contentious rail issues of our automated times:  Should freight trains be allowed to operate with one-person crews, with technology taking the place of a second crew member? The city sent its resolution...
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May 02, 2016
The members New Jersey Transit’s two largest unions, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and SMART Transportation Division-United Transportation Union (UTU), have voted against the tentative agreement reached in March between NJ Transit and a coalition of its...
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May 02, 2016
Launched in 1992, CN's Safe Handling Award is presented to customers who load freight cars with dangerous goods and meet strict standards for the safe handling and shipment of regulated products. The winners must meet established criteria, according to the...
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May 02, 2016
Jacksonville, Fla.-based United Rail, which represents international rail technology suppliers and provides consulting services to offshore companies interested in the North American railroad market, has entered into a joint venture with Switzerland-based Ganser CRS, a supplier of common-rail fuel injection...

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April 22, 2016
News item: Executive Order No. 13725, issued April 15 by President Obama, and published in the April 20 Federal Register, mandates that Executive Branch federal agencies take specific actions to promote competition.
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April 19, 2016
The federal-state partnership to build 130 modern bi-level passenger rail coaches for higher-speed rail (HrSR) corridors in the states of California, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri under the 2008 PRIIA legislation “was doomed from the start,” according to James E. Coston, Chairman of Corridor Capital LLC.
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April 14, 2016
For those sheltering railroads against assaults on regulatory freedoms, the 1980 Staggers Rail Act (Staggers) is considered sacrosanct.
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April 13, 2016
The BBC has filed the following report on the February 2016 head-on collision of two commuter trains in Bavaria, Germany:
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April 11, 2016
Well, it’s all over but the ruminating and regurgitating: Hedge fund king Bill Ackman had his blinders ripped off, read the handwriting on the wall, and wisely deep-sixed his attempt to bolster his sagging pockets by going after Norfolk Southern, a damn good railroad that...