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Greenbrier calls for no delays on PHMSA rulemaking, legacy tank car retrofits Greenbrier on Oct. 10, 2014 reiterated its support for the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) proposed Option 2 design for new tank cars in flammable service built after Oct. 1, 2015, which will be designated the DOT-116.

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Breaking its relative silence, Canadian Pacific Railway announced Oct. 20, 2014 that it is no longer pursuing CSX as a merger partner. “Exploratory conversations held with CSX Corp. about a possible business combination have ended,” the railroad said in a...
stb-asks-cp-to-“clear-ambiguities”
The Surface Transportation Board, in a decision dated Oct. 14, 2014 (Docket No. EP 724, “United States Rail Service Issues,” has asked Canadian Pacific Railway to “answer specific questions to clarify ambiguities related to CP’s efforts to resolve service problems...
At age 70, when most of his contemporaries have retired, Canadian Pacific (CP) Chairman Hunter Harrison is plotting his legacy—a seamless North American transcontinental rail duopoly initiated by his proposed CP-CSX merger. Electrifying are the productivity improvement prospects. Equally exhilarating is...
"Tawdry," is how one Washington transportation attorney describes the self-interest assaults by powerful congressional lawmakers on federal regulatory agency officials. Indeed, a 2008 Surface Transportation Board (STB) decision permitting the acquisition by Canadian National of regional railroad Elgin, Joliet & Eastern...
stb-requiring-weekly-class-i-service-performance-reports
The U.S. Surface Transportation Board announced Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 that it is requiring all Class I railroads to publicly file weekly data reports regarding service performance “to promote industry-wide transparency, accountability, and improved service.” STB’s order follows the its recent...

greenbrier-calls-for-no-delays-on-phmsa-rulemaking-legacy-tank-car-retrofits
Greenbrier on Oct. 10, 2014 reiterated its support for the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) proposed Option 2 design for new tank cars in flammable service built after Oct. 1, 2015, which will be designated the DOT-116. Greenbrier said...
stb-requiring-weekly-class-i-service-performance-reports
The U.S. Surface Transportation Board announced Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 that it is requiring all Class I railroads to publicly file weekly data reports regarding service performance “to promote industry-wide transparency, accountability, and improved service.” STB’s order follows the its recent...
improving-safety-on-north-america’s-“122-inch-pipeline”
Are corrosion protection strategies for rail “all hat and no cattle?” (all talk, no substance?). James McDonald, Terry Aben P.E., and Douglas Mittlesteadt of Hempel USA examine this subject for Railway Age. In September 1865, Amos Densmore conceptualized and constructed the...
stb-extends-ttx-pooling-authority
TTX Co. said the Surface Transportation Board has approved a five-year extension of TTX's pooling authority governing all types of flatcars, including those that handle intermodal traffic, finished automobiles, and specialized flatcars for lumber, heavy equipment, and other commodities. The new...
rsi-ctc-to-phmsa-“one-size-fits-all”-won’t-work
In comments sent to the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Dept. 30, 2014, the Railway Supply Institute Committee on Tank Cars (RSI-CTC) warned of “significant disruption to safety and to major sectors of the North American economy...