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WMATA's first 7000-series train to debut on Blue Line The Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) system's first 7000-series metro train from Kawasaki Rail Car USA will enter passenger service April 14, on the Blue Line.
DOT-117 tank car rule debuts with controversy The final spec for the now-official DOT-117 (TC-117 in Canada) non-pressurized tank car adopts the most demanding of the technical requirements first offered for comment in the notice of rulemaking: jacketed and thermally insulated shells of 9/16-inch steel, full-height half-inch-thick head shields, sturdier, re-closeable pressure relief valves and rollover protection for top fittings.
Amtrak's Oregon service under threat Amtrak's Cascades service between Portland and Eugene will end if Oregon's state legislature enacts the budget adopted by its Joint Ways and Means Committee the week of March 30, 2015 that proposes slashing funding for the daily state-backed service on the corridor.
Brookville powers Central California Traction Brookville Equipment Corp. has shipped two EPA Tier-4 BL12CG CoGeneration™ low-emissions switchers to Central California Traction (CCT) that will be utilized on the 55.9-mile Stockton Public Belt Railroad Network and the 14.9-mile Central Valley Branch, with service from Stockton, Calif., to Lodi and Sacramento, Calif.
Easy on, easy off Flexible, cost-effective, and safe, Amtrak’s innovative Mobile Passenger Scaffolding benefits passengers and work crews alike.

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csx-announces-chemical-safety-excellence-awards
May 05, 2015
CSX on May 4, 2015 announced the winners of its 21st annual Chemical Safety Excellence Award, recognizing 70 customers for their commitment to the safe transportation of hazardous materials by rail in 2014 

 CSX’s Chemical Safety Excellence Awards are presented...
industry-railway-suppliers-inc-names-scott-commo-president
May 05, 2015
Industry-Railway Suppliers, Inc. (IRS) has promoted Vice President Scott Commo to President, succeeding Ron Hobbs, who has retired. The changes were effective May 1, 2015.   Commo, who has 15-plus years of experience in the railroad industry, joined IRS in 2011 and...
cn-announces-$c27-billion-investment-plan
May 05, 2015
Canadian National Railway plans to invest C$2.7 billion in 2015 for rail infrastructure maintenance improvements, as well as in new capacity, equipment and technology to raise network safety and efficiency, improve service and support future growth, the company announced on...
up-plans-to-invest--billion-in-infrastructure-projects
May 05, 2015
Union Pacific Railroad plans to invest $4.2 billion capital dollars in its network this year, following investments totaling more than $31 billion from 2005-2014. These investments contributed to a 38% decrease in derailments over the last year, the railroad said. Investments...
cp-names-new-executive-vp-and-cfo
May 04, 2015
Canadian Pacific has appointed Mark Erceg as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective May 18, 2015. He will replace outgoing CFO Bart Demosky, who will be departing from the company on May 31. Erceg, who joins CP from Masonite...

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dan-elliott’s-stb-renomination-hearing-may-6
April 30, 2015
Former Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairman Dan Elliott, whose renomination to a second five-year term has been on ice since November, will have a Senate Commerce Committee confirmation hearing May 6, but will remain estranged from the agency unless and until the entire Senate acts...
fra-freezes-on-tank-car-sloshing-doe-oil-volatility-bombshell-drops-like-a-dud
April 29, 2015
How crude oil sloshing inside moving tank cars affects train stability was under close scrutiny by the Federal Railroad Administration, the regulator’s Acting Administrator told reporters back on March 13. That was after a string of mid-winter oil train disasters exposed the prevailing focus on...
dot-“suggests”-and-fra-“recommends”
April 23, 2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation circulated a press release detailing actions taken to “address some of the issues identified in recent train accidents involving crude oil and ethanol shipped by rail.”
amtrak-pen-trumps-freedom-of-information-act-sword
April 06, 2015
John Mica, the Republican pol from Florida, alleges something fishy with Amtrak’s hamburger prices. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito have a beef that Amtrak’s president is chosen by a board of directors rather than facing Senate confirmation.
tank-car-builders-don’t-agree-on-dot-111-obsolescence-timeline
March 26, 2015
Tank car builder The Greenbrier Companies is urging the White House Office of Management and Budget to disregard advice by the company’s own industry trade group, the Railway Supply Institute-Committee on Tank Cars (RSI-CTC), and proceed full speed ahead with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s...