Railway Age Blogs

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.

ns-three’s-a-crowd-two-makes-for-a-better-company
March 02, 2016
Norfolk Southern’s 22-state eastern U.S. network consists of 10 operating divisions spread across three larger operating regions—Eastern, Western, and Northern. Effective March 15, 2016, the three regions will transform into two, Northern and Southern. This is one strategy that NS is employing in an attempt...
don’t-judge-a-bridge-by-its-appearance
February 26, 2016
The Federal Railroad Administration on Feb. 26, 2016 launched a new tool on its website that allows states and municipalities to request inspection reports for railroad bridges in their communities. FRA’s announcement of the website came with allegations leveled at the railroads that the industry...
is-robert-serlin-amtrak’s-merlin?
February 22, 2016
Boston to Washington, D.C. It’s a megalopolis of technology innovators, prestigious universities, corporate headquarters, a global financial hub, a score of professional sports teams, tourist attractions, Congress and a maze of executive branch and independent regulatory agencies—a region of 56 million whose productivity and quality...
guest-editorial-it’s-time-for-carload-version-20
February 16, 2016
As the rail industry suffers through the 2015-2016 winter of its discontent, it is becoming clearer with each passing week that as an industry we are entering uncharted territory. Former mainstay coal is in long-term decline, removing the largest pillar under the rail industry and...
holy-christie-tunnels-gridlock-now-njt
February 16, 2016
Former late-night talk show host David Letterman often said, “I wouldn’t give those troubles to a monkey on a rock.” Tag, you’re it, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.