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Weekly rail traffic: Intermodal gains offset carload declines According to the most recent figures from the Association of American Railroads, surging intermodal traffic helped offset carload decreases in certain commodities for the week ending March 14, 2015.

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A strong showing for intermodal offset a drop in carload volume on North American railroads for the week ending March 21, 2015, the Association of American Railroads reported. North American rail volume for the week on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and...
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Norfolk Southern’s 2014 Annual Report, titled “Behind Every Train,” highlights “record-setting net income, revenues, operating income, earnings per share, and operating ratio.” “2014 was an outstanding year,” said CEO Wick Moorman. “Our performance during the year demonstrated the increasing demand...
senators-seek-to-speed-infrastructure-permitting
Bi-partisan legislation has been introduced in the Senate to remedy what are termed “significant challenges in the federal environmental permitting process” that delay and discourage railroads from constructing additional capacity. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Joe Machin (D-W.Va.) are co-sponsors of...
smart-will-have-new-president-may-1
One of the largest rail labor unions—the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART)—will have a new president May 1 upon the unexpected retirement April 30 of SMART General President Joseph J. Nigro. Joseph Sellers Jr. has...
norfolk-southern-expands-“railroad-university”
Norfolk Southern on March 18, 2015 held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the expansion of its “Railroad University” and “redoubled its commitment to superior transportation services for its present and future rail customers.” “This facility is all about investing in our...

senators-seek-to-speed-infrastructure-permitting
Bi-partisan legislation has been introduced in the Senate to remedy what are termed “significant challenges in the federal environmental permitting process” that delay and discourage railroads from constructing additional capacity. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Joe Machin (D-W.Va.) are co-sponsors of...
bnsf-drones-will-patrol-the-track
One need not look to the wild blue yonder to find the BNSF air force. Soon, it will be patrolling BNSF tracks from altitudes no higher than 500 feet, but not within three miles of any airport and always during...
via-rail-pondering-alternative-ontario-routing-for-suspended-canadian
After months of late arrivals due to track congestion on CN’s northern Ontario main line, compounded by slow orders arising from CN’s efforts to recover from two tar sands oil train explosions, Via Rail is examining an alternative routing for...
smart-will-have-new-president-may-1
One of the largest rail labor unions—the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART)—will have a new president May 1 upon the unexpected retirement April 30 of SMART General President Joseph J. Nigro. Joseph Sellers Jr. has...
norfolk-southern-expands-“railroad-university”
Norfolk Southern on March 18, 2015 held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the expansion of its “Railroad University” and “redoubled its commitment to superior transportation services for its present and future rail customers.” “This facility is all about investing in our...