Figures released by the Surface Transportation Board Friday show Class I railroads employed 160,428 people in mid-September, up a modest 0.12% from September 2011, but down 1.39% (95 employees) from August 2012.
Erie, Pa.-based GE Transportation notched revenue of $1.4 billion in the third quarter, up 9% from the same period a year ago, and a profit of $265 million, up 35% from $197 million in the third quarter of 2011.
Despite record revenue for the third quarter, Kansas City Southern earnings of $90 million, or 82 cents per share, fell from $99.8 million, or 91 cents per share, in the comparable quarter in 2011, due in part to a higher Mexican tax bill affecting its Kansas City Southern de Mexico operations.
Delaware state and federal representatives, the Delaware Department of Transportation, and Amtrak on Thursday marked the ceremonial start of adding a 1.5-mile third track on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor just south of Wilmington.
Orders and deliveries of railcars declined in the third quarter, according to statistics released by the Railway Supply Institute's American Railway Car Institute (ARCI) Committee.
U.S. freight carload traffic for the week ending Oct. 13, 2012 remained unable to surmount 2011 levels, down 6.1% when measured against the comparable week one year ago, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. U.S. intermodal volume, for its part, maintained its own positive momentum, up 2.6% for the week compared with 2011.
Chicago-based GATX Corp. Thursday reported third-quarter net income of $53.8 million, or $1.13 per share, up from $32.9 million or 70 cents per share in third quarter of 2011. Both the 2012 and 2011 third-quarter results include benefits from tax adjustments and otther items of $18.2 million and $1.3 million, respectively.
Alfred E. Michon, president of four regional railroads who also worked with both Burlington Northern (now BNSF) and Union Pacific, died Oct. 9 at age 75.
Union Pacific early Thursday reported third-quarter earnings of $1 billion, or $2.19 per diluted share, up from $904 million, or $1.85 per diluted share, in the comparable period in 2011 and in line with Wall Street consensus estimates of $2.19 per share.
Maryland's Board of Public Works has awarded Bombardier Transportation a six-year, $204.7 million contract to operate MARC's Camden and Brunswick passenger rail lines. A five-year renewal option worth $205 million is part of the package.