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Conrail at 40: An experiment that worked April 1, 1976 was a watershed day in U.S. railroading history. On that day, Consolidated Rail Corp., better known as Conrail, began operating under the auspices of the U.S. government a new railroad cobbled together from six bankrupt Northeastern carriers: Penn Central, Erie-Lackawanna, Jersey Central, Lehigh Valley, Reading, and Lehigh & Hudson River. Conrail, now 40, continues to thrive, albeit in a very different form from when it first turned a wheel.

reading-northern-railroad-celebrates-takeover-of-rail-service-to-humboldt-industrial-park
To celebrate its acquisition, Reading & Northern Railroad (R&N) welcomed over sixty guests on a passenger train trip through the Humboldt Industrial Park on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Reading & Northern acquired the rights to provide rail service to Humboldt from...
two-arguments-on-two-person-crews
The Federal Railroad Administration, at a July 15, 2016 hearing regarding the agency’s proposed rule mandating two-person crews, heard two sharply contrasting arguments, one from freight rail management, the other from labor. Association of American Railroads President and CEO Ed Hamberger,...
exim-bank-finances-railserve-leaf-export
EXIM Bank (Export-Import Bank of the United States) has financed the sale of Railserve’s LEAF® locomotives to Societe d’Exploitation du Transgabonais (SETRAG), a railway operator in Gabon, Africa. The Bank guaranteed a $10 million loan extended by American Trade & Finance...
mars-volume-vs-velocity
“Volume vs. Velocity—Managing Change in 2016” will be the theme for the 247th meeting of the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) to be held 
July 11–12, 2016 at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisc. This year’s MARS Summer...
trra-awards-ptc-contract-to-wabtec
The Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis on May 24, 2016 awarded Wabtec Corp. a contract worth about $21 million to design, install, test and commission a Positive Train Control (PTC) system. Wabtec will provide its I-ETMS® (Interoperable Electronic Train Management...

fastlane-grant-applications-totaling-nearly--billion
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced on May 20, 2016 that it has received 212 applications totaling nearly $9.8 billion for grants through the newly-created Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) grant...
aslrra-installs-new-board-leadership
The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) installed Judy Petry, president and general manager of Farmrail System, as its new chairman. Peter Claussen, Jr., president of the Gulf & Ohio Railways, was selected as the new vice-chairman of...
ns-to-reduce-operations-at-tennessee-rail-yard
Norfolk Southern Corp. on April 20, 2016 announced that it will downsize its Knoxville, Tenn., classification yard, effective May 1. “The action is in response to lower traffic volumes and is consistent with the company’s ongoing implementation of its strategic...
trackmobile-presents-awards-for-distributor-excellence
Trackmobile presented its top four performing distributors with Awards of Excellence for 2015 during its annual Specialist Meeting and Awards Banquet. Recognizing its top performing distributors’ accomplishments, these awards honor Trackmobile distributors that have demonstrated outstanding leadership, professionalism, and continue...
conrail-at-40-the-experiment-still-works
April 1, 1976 was a watershed day in U.S. railroading history. On that day, Consolidated Rail Corp., better known as Conrail, began operating under the auspices of the U.S. government a new railroad cobbled together from six bankrupt Northeastern carriers:...