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Hall named FRA Deputy Administrator The Federal Railroad Administration has named public relations practitioner Heath Hall as Deputy Federal Railroad Administrator, a post that does not require Senate confirmation. Hall is known to USDOT Secretary Elaine Chao from her days with the Deputy DOT Secretary’s office and the Peace Corps.
From NSC, new potash cars for KSPC K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) has accepted the first of 200 railcars built by National Steel Car (NSC) in Hamilton, Ontario, for domestic use. These cars will transport potash from the company’s Bethune mine in Saskatchewan to North American clients.
VTG Rail acquires Redwood Rail fleet VTG Rail Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of VTG AG, has acquired the fleet of U.S. railcar leasing company Redwood Rail LLC. The transaction, which adds 1,135 railcars to VTG’s fleet, enlarging it to about 5,200 units, includes the leases associated with those cars as well Redwood Rail’s existing customer relationships.
Fauth Trump’s second NMB nominee Gerald W. (Trey) Fauth III will be nominated by President Trump to the second of two open Republican slots on the three-member National Mediation Board, according to a June 22 White House press release.
Lhota returns as MTA chairman The Metropolitan Transit Authority has turned to a past chief to guide it through its latest crisis.

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June 27, 2017
Five years after its inception, CSX’s “Play It Safe” NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series sponsorship is going strong. What began in 2012 as a small bumper sticker on the no. 78 Furniture Row car driven by Reagan Smith in 2013 grew...
hall-named-fra-deputy-administrator
June 27, 2017
The Federal Railroad Administration has named public relations practitioner Heath Hall as Deputy Federal Railroad Administrator, a post that does not require Senate confirmation. Hall is known to USDOT Secretary Elaine Chao from her days with the Deputy DOT Secretary’s...
herc-u-lift-inc-expands-trackmobile-territory
June 27, 2017
Trackmobile, the manufacturer of bi-modal railcar movers, announced the expansion of its Herc-U-Lift, Inc. distributor to better serve Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and western Wisconsin. Herc-U-Lift, which opened in 1968, is based in Maple Plain, Minn., and operates eight other service locations....
brightline-safety-seminar-preps-florida-first-responders
June 27, 2017
Brightline, Florida’s soon-to-open higher-speed passenger rail service, conducted a training seminar for first responders from Broward and Palm Beach counties at Workshop b, the rail operator’s maintenance facility, in West Palm Beach on June 24. Firefighters, police and other safety officials...
from-nsc-new-potash-cars-for-kspc
June 27, 2017
K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) has accepted the first of 200 railcars built by National Steel Car (NSC) in Hamilton, Ontario, for domestic use. These cars will transport potash from the company’s Bethune mine in Saskatchewan to North American clients. The domestic-use...

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summer-of-the-angry-bear
June 26, 2017
The news coming out of New York City hasn’t been very good lately: Daily, almost, service disruptions on the subway system. “Minor” derailments that injure passengers. A fatal injury to an LIRR maintenance-of-way employee. Forced service reductions at Pennsylvania Station to accommodate extensive maintenance of...
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June 21, 2017
In his just-published “My Life with Trains: Memoir of a Railroader,” the late Jim McClellan (June 10, 1939 – Oct. 14, 2016) left us with a detailed description of how difficult leadership can be.
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June 19, 2017
Each year, hundreds of executives, technical experts, engineers and safety officers from across the railway supplier universe engage in an activity that, while largely unheralded, is enormously important to our industry and the North American economy.
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June 16, 2017
As a perfect scene does not a great movie make, ideal legislation cannot deliver its intent absent proficient administration.
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May 24, 2017
Railroads and their customers must not leave fate in the hands of a misinformed public.

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