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PTSI, CRSA offer physical characteristics training conference PTSI Transportation and the Chicago Railroad Superintendents Association are jointly offering the Railroad and Rail Transit Physical Characteristics Training and Testing: Are We Where We Need to Be? conference in Chicago on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016.
GWI moves to acquire P&W Add regional Providence & Worcester Railroad Co. (P&W) to Genesee & Wyoming Inc.’s growing stable of Class II and III carriers. GWI announced Aug. 15, 2016 that it plans to acquire the P&W for $126 million at $25.00 per share.
For Caltrain, 16 KISSes from Stadler (but no FLIRTs) Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain) CEO Jim Hartnett and Stadler Group CEO Peter Spuhler on Aug. 15, 2016 signed a $551 million contract for 16 KISSes.
"Fall peak" changes for the rail industry, also Surface Transportation Board Chairman Daniel R. Elliott III is discontinuing the practice of sending an annual letter to the railroad industry asking Class I and other railroads to comment on their end-of-year outlook for traffic volumes and operations. The Chairman’s decision “reflects changes that have occurred in the rail industry since mid-2000, and also the weekly reporting of service performance data to the agency by Class I railroads,” STB said.
AAR: Grain gains, motor vehicle moves up, oil and coal decline The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported for the week ending August 20, 2016, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 531,484 carloads and intermodal units, down 6.4% compared with the same week last year. Grain traffic saw a significant increase and motor vehicles and parts rose, while coal, crude oil and intermodal registered declines.

Breaking News

cn-adm-and-midwest-inland-port-grow-intermodal-in-decatur-ill
August 24, 2016
Archer Daniels Midland Company and the Midwest Inland Port announced August 23 that their collaborative logistics and marketing efforts are driving increased container shipments over ADM's privately owned intermodal ramp located in Decatur, Ill. CN is transporting an increasing number of...
aar-big-grain-gains-cant-offset-big-oil-and-coal-declines
August 24, 2016
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported for the week ending August 20, 2016, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 531,484 carloads and intermodal units, down 6.4% compared with the same week last year. Grain traffic saw a significant increase...
union-pacific-named-railroad-of-the-year-by-rica
August 24, 2016
The Railway Industrial Clearance Association (RICA) announced its selection for 2016 Railroad of the Year: Union Pacific. RICA, an industry association made up of railroads, shippers and manufacturers, and logistics providers determines its award on peer votes in areas such as...
aslrra-applauds-amtrak-announcement-of-charles-wick-moorman
August 24, 2016
The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) released the following statement by President Linda Bauer Darr in response to the Amtrak Board of Directors’ introduction of Wick Moorman as President and CEO of Amtrak, succeeding Joe Boardman. “We applaud...
canada-ontario-reach-usb-funding-agreement-for-infrastructure
August 23, 2016
The government of Canada and the province of Ontario reached an agreement that makes C$2.97 billion (US$2.3 billion) in combined funding available for infrastructure improvements in the province. The funding is being provided through a new federal infrastructure program, the Public...

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déjà-vu-once-again-for-intermodal
August 18, 2016
Watching Washington, August 2016 Railway Age: Between the euphoria of achievement and the agony of despair resides intermodal—the rail carriage of trailers and containers that have prior and/or subsequent transport by other modes. It’s no new kid on the block.
so-what-does-the-“x”-in-“csx”-really-mean?
August 09, 2016
Last December, in my From the Editor magazine column (“Time to choose a name,” December 2015), I attempted to explain how CSX was named.
ptc-legacy-train-control-and-vitality
July 26, 2016
Steve Ditmeyer’s article “PTC vs. Legacy Train Control Redux” is very thought-provoking. Yes, Congress did define PTC by functionality, not technology. No, PTC need not be tied to fixed wayside block signals (interlockings are a whole other issue).
it-can’t-happen-over-there
July 18, 2016
I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard or read or been told how much safer rail transportation is in Europe than it is in the United States.
labor’s-not-so-smart-gamble-on-fra
July 08, 2016
News items: A convoy of self-driving trucks recently traversed Europe. Driverless trucks are undergoing public-road testing in California and Nevada. And Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx supports development of vehicles “that can drive themselves better than a human.” Baby boomers may be skeptical, but not digital-native...