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NS Safety Train reaches 3,241 first responders In 2017, Norfolk Southern provided free training to 3,241 firefighters, law enforcement, emergency management personnel and other first responders with the railroad’s Safety Train, described as “a rolling learning lab that helps communities prepare for and safely respond to potential rail incidents.”
Union walks out of port contract talks Leaders of longshore unions walked out of the start of talks aimed at extending the current contracts for dockworkers at East and Gulf coast ports in a dispute over automation.
Siemens ships first ACS-64 locomotive for SEPTA The first ACS-64 electric locomotive for Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has left Siemens’ plant in Sacramento, Calif., bound for Philadelphia.
O Canada! Intermodal up 18% in latest week Total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 572,794 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.5% compared with the same week a year ago, according to the Association of American Railroads.
LIRR seeks M9A EMUs MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has issued an RFP (Request For Proposals) to prequalify firms for a minimum of 60 and up to 160 M9A married-pair (A Car – B Car) EMU (electric multiple-unit) railcars, structured as a base order with options.

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guest-blog-ntsb-missed-the-mark
December 06, 2017
The NTSB analysis of the 2016 Amtrak backhoe accident on the Northeast Corridor at Chester, Pa., that killed two m/w workers and injured 39 has missed the mark. This incident is by no means the first of its kind.
santa-baby-don’t-forget-the-stb
December 06, 2017
For 54 weeks beginning in 2003, Roger Nober was the lone member of the Surface Transportation Board (STB), tormented that if he discussed cases with himself he would violate the Government in Sunshine Act, which prohibits a quorum from discussing anything of substance outside a...
ratifications-make-rail-strike-unlikely
December 01, 2017
The probability of a national railroad strike has likely been reduced to single digits with ratification of a new national wage, benefits and work rules agreement by four rail unions comprising more than half of unionized rail workers.
the-high-price-of-freedom-of-information
November 23, 2017
In October, I made a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request to the Federal Railroad Administration for specific information regarding PTC performance on U.S. railroads. I received a reply on Nov. 21:
culture-wars-part-2
November 21, 2017
Hello, J.D. Congratulations on your retirement. I’ve missed working with you, and the GAS man, and AFF, and all, I mean all the others, all these years.

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