Freight Cars

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Fleet revitalization The freight car fleet has been growing for four years running. It’s also getting younger.

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James H. Evans, who served as Union Pacific Chairman of the Board from 1977 to 1985, died Monday, May 11, 2015. He was 94. UP did not report a cause of death. Evans joined UP'S management IN 1969 as President and...
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The freight car fleet has been growing for four years running. It’s also getting younger. The revenue-earning railcar fleet is a subset of the North American railcar fleet that is largely composed of freight cars that can be used in interchange...
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Suppliers are implementing technology advancements that ensure friction management isn’t a drag. Friction management suppliers are focusing their efforts on the continuous evolution of their equipment and services in order to provide railroads with extended equipment service life, increased equipment uptime...
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A BNSF crude oil unit train derailed near the small North Dakota town of Heimdal, at 7:30 a.m. CDT on May 6, 2015, resulting in explosions and fire. Ten cars burst into flames, forcing evacuation of the town, which in 2010...
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The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has determined that there has been a “huge increase” in rail deliveries of crude oil to East Coast refineries. “Monthly rail receipts of crude oil accounted for more than half (52%) of the crude oil...

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Hamburg, Germany-based VTG Aktiengesellschaft, a European railcar lessor and rail logistics company, has debuted what it says is the first rail tank car for transporting LNG (liquefied natural gas) in Europe. The new tank car, designed jointly by VTG and Czech...
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Industry-Railway Suppliers, Inc. (IRS) has promoted Vice President Scott Commo to President, succeeding Ron Hobbs, who has retired. The changes were effective May 1, 2015.   Commo, who has 15-plus years of experience in the railroad industry, joined IRS in 2011 and...
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The final spec for the now-official DOT-117 (TC-117 in Canada) non-pressurized tank car adopts the most demanding of the technical requirements first offered for comment in the notice of rulemaking: jacketed and thermally insulated shells of 9/16-inch steel, full-height half-inch-thick...
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Toronto-based Element Financial Corp. has appointed railroad equipment finance veteran Harry Zander as Senior Vice President Sales in Element’s Rail Finance division. He reports to President, Element Rail & Aviation David McKerroll. Zander joins Element from Macquarie Rail, where he served...
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Carolina Worrell has joined Railway Age as Managing Editor, based at Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp.’s headquarters in New York City. A graduate of City University of New York-Hunter College, Worrell honed her skills at Dodge Data & Analytics (formerly McGraw Hill Construction),...