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New from NSC: High-capacity cottonseed/woodchip gondolas National Steel Car (NSC) and Curry Rail Services of Hollidaysburg, Pa., have teamed up to build new, high-capacity gondolas for cottonseed and woodchip service.
Moorman to Congress: "New era" of Amtrak investment required The head of Amtrak told lawmakers a new era of infrastructure investment is needed to ensure a healthy future for long-distance passenger rail travel in the U.S.
New Amtrak Charger locomotives testing on Cascades route National certification testing of Amtrak’s new Charger locomotive is being conducted by the Washington State Department of Transportation.
CSX calls special shareholders meeting to consider Harrison proposals CSX late on Feb. 14 called a special meeting of shareholders to consider what it termed “extraordinary requests” by hedge fund Mantle Ridge LP and former Canadian Pacific CEO Hunter Harrison.
Financial Edge February 2017: Chuck the steering wheel out the window Among the daredevil set, the cadre of YouTube videos of drivers that attempt to stress the limitations of Tesla’s driver assist (or self-driving) mode (searching “Tesla Autopilot” yields a search result of almost 250,000 videos) is poor man’s fodder.

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new-from-nsc-high-capacity-cottonseed-woodchip-gondolas
February 17, 2017
National Steel Car (NSC) and Curry Rail Services of Hollidaysburg, Pa., have teamed up to build new, high-capacity gondolas for cottonseed and woodchip service. These cars have a GRL (gross rail load) of 286,000 pounds and payload of 106.5 tons, with...
ceo-gm-sought-for-mbta
February 17, 2017
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has launched a search for a permanent CEO and General Manager for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker made the announcement during an address before the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce....
gertler-rejoins-hntb
February 17, 2017
Peter Gertler, AICP, has rejoined HNTB Corp. as a Senior Vice President in a corporate and national strategic business development role. He is based in Oakland, Calif. Gertler previously worked at HNTB from 2004 to 2014 as rail and transit market...
china-to-order-586-locomotives-40000-freight-cars
February 17, 2017
China Railway Investment Corporation (CRIC) has issued RFPs (requests for proposals) for contracts to supply 586 electric locomotives and 40,000 freight cars to China Railway Corporation (CRC). The electric locomotive order is divided into three lots, comprising 91 160km/h (100 mph)...
bnsf-whipsawed-by-norcal-outages-more-rain
February 16, 2017
High water blocked BNSF's Lakeside Subdivision between Spokane and Pasco, Wash., Thursday in the twisting, narrow Hatton Coulee between Hatton and Connell. Amtrak 27, the Portland section of the Empire Builder, stopped just east of the affected area at Cunningham, before...

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