Short Lines & Regionals

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Railway Age seeks nominees for 2015 Short Line, 2015 Regional Railroad of the Year Railway Age is now accepting entries for its annual Short Line/Regional Railroad of the Year competition. Short lines and regionals—and there are more than 500 of them—are invited to submit entries describing outstanding achievement in one or a combination of areas.

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Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC handled record carloads and passengers in 2014, and earned record revenue. Freight and freight-related revenue totaled more than $41 million for 2014. Freight carloads totaled 58,325 for the year, up 9,216 or 20% from 2013. “We had...
new-orleans-mulls-public-belt-railroad-sale
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is requesting commissioners of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, a city-owned property, to consider putting the railroad up for sale to a private-sector operator. One potential buyer already has voiced interest, according to the New...
reading-northern-posts-record-volumes-for-2014
Regional railroad Reading & Northern set new records for carload volume and revenue in 2014. In 2014, the R&N handled 24,365 carloads, which surpassed the previous record achieved in 2011, and represents a 3.2% increase in total carloads compared to...
rail-bottleneck-relief-sought-for-connell-wash
Washington State legislators and city administrators hope to obtain federal funding to reconfigure and improve a 100-year-old railroad interchange at Connell, Wash., to relieve a bottleneck in the movement of agricultural commodities. Officials want to reconfigure the Connell Rail Interchange to...
stb-massachusetts-can-buy-short-line-assets
The Surface Transportation Board on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 gave preliminary approval to Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to acquire "certain physical railroad assets" from Canaan, Conn.-based short line Housatonic Railroad Co., Inc. The Board split its decision, for now, on...

rail-bottleneck-relief-sought-for-connell-wash
Washington State legislators and city administrators hope to obtain federal funding to reconfigure and improve a 100-year-old railroad interchange at Connell, Wash., to relieve a bottleneck in the movement of agricultural commodities. Officials want to reconfigure the Connell Rail Interchange to...
stb-massachusetts-can-buy-short-line-assets
The Surface Transportation Board on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 gave preliminary approval to Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to acquire "certain physical railroad assets" from Canaan, Conn.-based short line Housatonic Railroad Co., Inc. The Board split its decision, for now, on...
45-g-tax-credit-extended
U.S. Senate approval Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, of 45-G, by a 76-to-16 vote, has assured passage of the measure, part of H.R. 5771, The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, and providing a fiscal boost to freight railroads, particularly short line...
leadership-transition-at-indiana-rail-road
Indiana Rail Road (INRD) Founder, President, and CEO Thomas G. Hoback has announced that he will retire effective June 30, 2015. He will continue to serve as a director on the Indianapolis-based railroad’s board while pursuing other business and...
short-line-opens-machinery-distribution-hub
Greenville, S.C.-based Greenville & Western Railway Co. (GRLW) has opened its Big Creek Machinery Distribution Hub, located in Williamston, S.C., President and CEO Steven C. Hawkins says. The short line, a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Carolina Railway Service Corp., has partnered...