Railway Age Blogs

blet-in-catbird-seat-over-crew-consist
August 18, 2014
News item: Vouchsafed to work jointly in gaining legislation or regulation mandating two crew members on every freight train are the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Union (SMART) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET).
high-higher-speed-rail-“the-real-story”
August 12, 2014
“Don’t believe the New York Times or the train haters who cite it: High speed rail is not an $11 billion failure.”
streetcars-belong-yes-still-on-the-street
August 08, 2014
More than two years ago, this rail advocate held to the belief that "Streetcars belong. Even on the street." I maintain this belief now more than ever, in the face of a rising tide of streetcar critics intent on scuttling the mode as it regains...
what-history-can-tell-us-about-things-to-come
July 30, 2014
In February 1882, Joseph Osgood allowed shortsightedness to steer him wrong. As newly-appointed chief engineer for the California Southern Railroad (which would later become part of the Santa Fe Railway), he was tasked with constructing a new rail line that would link the seaport city...
when-you-get-a-good-deal-take-it
July 28, 2014
Arbitrator Robert O. Harris told the United Transportation Union (UTU) and railroads in 1991, then unable to agree at the bargaining table, “Welcome to the oldest established craps game in Washington. Like the suckers in ‘Guys and Dolls,’ you are risking your futures on the...

bnsf-smart-seek-historic-crew-consist-revision
July 17, 2014
A gutsy, proactive, and far-sighted collaboration between BNSF and a general committee of its largest labor union has produced a tentative agreement to allow freight trains equipped with Positive Train Control (PTC) to operate as early as next year with a lone engineer in the...
stbs-newest-status-quo-beware
July 07, 2014
Moving homogeneous electrons through wires, or freight in trucks over publicly financed highways, is hardly akin to moving cargo over privately owned and maintained railroads.
lose-rail-vote?-comeback-may-be-sooner-than-you-think
July 07, 2014
When a community decides that a new rail transit system is essential to meet its mobility needs, it's not enough to design a good project. You've got to find a way to finance it. Often, that means a public vote to authorize some kind of...
dear-senators-mccaskill-blunt-fuggetaboutit
June 25, 2014
With regard to Missouri’s two U.S. senators, Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Roy Blunt, we invoke urban slang from cranky New Yorkers, and their brethren across the Hudson in New Jersey, to suggest that they “fuggetaboutit.”
green-railroads-and-the-box-turtle-standard
June 19, 2014
One hears the word "green" more than ever at any given rail conference, not without reason. Most in the rail world, naturally enough, apply the allusion to themselves and their fellow human beings. Most want a cleaner, greener world, a better environment, for themselves and...