Railway Age Blogs

a-new-regulatory-rat-hole-worth-watching
April 22, 2016
News item: Executive Order No. 13725, issued April 15 by President Obama, and published in the April 20 Federal Register, mandates that Executive Branch federal agencies take specific actions to promote competition.
guest-blog-doomed-from-the-start
April 19, 2016
The federal-state partnership to build 130 modern bi-level passenger rail coaches for higher-speed rail (HrSR) corridors in the states of California, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri under the 2008 PRIIA legislation “was doomed from the start,” according to James E. Coston, Chairman of Corridor Capital LLC.
makeover-crucial-for-dereg-defense
April 14, 2016
For those sheltering railroads against assaults on regulatory freedoms, the 1980 Staggers Rail Act (Staggers) is considered sacrosanct.
zero-tolerance-for-cellphones
April 13, 2016
The BBC has filed the following report on the February 2016 head-on collision of two commuter trains in Bavaria, Germany:
see-ya-later-what’s-your-name
April 11, 2016
Well, it’s all over but the ruminating and regurgitating: Hedge fund king Bill Ackman had his blinders ripped off, read the handwriting on the wall, and wisely deep-sixed his attempt to bolster his sagging pockets by going after Norfolk Southern, a damn good railroad that...

the-day-rollin-bredenberg-and-i-changed-the-course-of-railroading
April 01, 2016
April 2016 will be remembered decades from now as the month when Rollin Bredenberg retired as V.P., Capacity Planning & Operations Research at BNSF Railway.
maybe-maybe-not
March 21, 2016
All you need to know about FRA’s NPRM, Train Crew Staffing, can be found by clicking HERE. Or maybe by reading below. Your call.
let’s-keep-spinning-our-wheels
March 15, 2016
The other day I found a buried snippet of information on the Federal Railroad Administration website pertaining to high speed rail. Dated March 11, 2016, it’s a “Notice of Request for Proposals for Implementing a High-Speed Rail Corridor.” Hmmm . . . This looks interesting....
so-whered-you-learn-how-to-park?
March 08, 2016
The biggest problems facing the startup of Kansas City’s modern streetcar line are illegally parked automobiles and errant drivers, Lynn Horsley reports in the March 6, 2016 edition of The Kansas City Star. This is a problem that several streetcar systems have been dealing with,...
cp+ns-and-the-humpty-dumpty-effect
March 02, 2016
The chasing by suitor Canadian Pacific of grand dame Norfolk Southern has reintroduced to the railroad chattering classes the nebulous term “public interest,” used often and broadly when mergers and other railroad maneuvers requiring regulatory approval are afoot.