Roy Blanchard is principal of The Blanchard Company and a Contributing Editor to Railway Age.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that railroads exist to haul stuff. Market share and operating ratios are about how stuff is moved, and finance is about how you pay…
Canadian Pacific held its annual Investor Conference Dec. 4-5 in New York City; its first since Hunter Harrison took over as President and CEO and began dramatically reshaping the railroad.…
Union Pacific's annual gathering of short lines in late October was all about giving short lines access to more tools, neatly arranged for ease of access, to bring more business…
The Pacific Northwest Association of Rail Shippers fall meeting in Eugene, Ore. was instructive, to say the least. I thought the session theme—“What do you want your railroad to look…
Norfolk Southern's 30th Anniversary Year was helped along by a blow-out Annual Short Line meeting in Roanoke, Va. More than 200 members of the short line community attended, representing most…
Over the last six months or so as I've made my rounds visiting short lines, regional railroads, and Class I's from the locomotive cab to the executive suite, I've found…
Pennsylvania's Lycoming Valley Railroad will be the beneficiary of a new industry track construction project near Muncy, Pa. The project involves building 2,300 feet of new track and restoring another…
Last month I wrote about how paper and other single-carload commodities were down year-over-year, and the impact that trend is having on Class II and III railroads in particular. One…
A question that’s been bugging me of late has to with what the short line scene will look like in 2016. I’m looking strictly at the commodities where most non-Class…
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

CSX Short Line Workshop excels

The 23d Annual CSX Short Line Workshop was yet another standard-setter in terms of content, delivery, and overall message. The emphasis throughout was more on customer service than the mechanical…
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