Railway Age Blogs

if-i-were-a-fela-attorney
December 05, 2016
William Rockefeller, the Metro-North engineer who fell asleep at the controls of Train 8808 on Dec. 1, 2013 and caused a derailment that killed four people and injured 61, is suing the railroad for $10 million.
wilner-aar-anxious-for-trumps-stb-shift
November 17, 2016
Regarding the Association of American Railroads Nov. 17 request that the U.S. Surface Transportation Board delay regulatory proposals until the U.S. Senate confirms a full slate of Board members appointed by President-elect Donald J. Trump,  waiting until all STB vacant seats are filled could stall...
madness-in-mosier
November 15, 2016
You want to double or triple your train throughput? Just build a nice long siding. At least that’s what Friends of the Columbia Gorge would like the Wasco County (Wash.) Board of County Commissioners to believe.
on-the-record-with-matt-rose-at-energy-by-rail
November 10, 2016
BNSF Railway Executive Chairman Matt Rose talks about the future of coal transportation, crude oil by rail, infrastructure investment, the regulatory environment and other topics of importance to the industry with Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono at the Energy By Rail Conference, held Oct....
stb’s-tempest-in-transparency
November 07, 2016
Pity economic regulators. The more they seek the middle-of-the-road, the greater risk both sides assail them. Economist Sidney L. Miller wrote, “It seems clear that our railways are regulated well, rather than wisely.”

disruptive-thinking-about-railway-capital-requirements
November 01, 2016
It has been a bit more than a decade and a half since the rail industry, assisted by well-qualified consultants, alerted the public and industry watchers that economic growth would clearly require some form of a new partnership if the rail freight industry was to...
gbx-stock-slide-unwarranted-cowen-and-company
October 26, 2016
Investors tend to be a fickle, knee-jerking lot, and when it comes to railroads or railroad suppliers, often clueless. Case in point: The Greenbrier Companies stock price taking a 6.52% hit after GBX posted a very solid fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year 2016.
ernie-anastos-wnyw-tv-with-railway-age
October 21, 2016
Ernie Anastos, anchor of the 6:00 news on WNYW-TV Fox 5 New York, is one of the best broadcast journalists I’ve come across in numerous television appearances during my nearly 25 years at Railway Age.
“civil-war-era”-technology?-you’re-joking-right?
October 20, 2016
I’ve heard some pretty disingenuous (that’s a polite word for “dopey”) things said about railroads in my nearly 25 years at Railway Age. Nearly all of them have come from uninformed generalist reporters who are mostly clueless about what we do, how we do it,...
wick’s-winter-of-discontent
October 13, 2016
For newly minted Amtrak President Charles Wickliffe (Wick) Moorman IV, a winter of discontent is nigh.