Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Nominations sought for Shortline/Regional Railroad of the Year

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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.

"Short line and regional railroads too often are under the figurative radar of the U.S. public, but customers of those railroads know just how important they are to the economic vitality of their businesses—and their local and regional economies,” says Managing Editor Douglas John Bowen. “In good years or bad, short lines and regional railroads are innovators when it comes to turnaround situations, consistent excellence, streamlined operations, efficient maintenance, marketing, customer service, enhanced productivity, community relations, and safety improvement. The continued growing emphasis on a sound economic/environmental business package mix— ‘green’ railroads—gives short lines and regional railroads an additional marketing edge that only grows in importance as we move deeper into the 21st century.”

Small roads in Mexico, the U.S., and Canada are eligible for an award (and railroads can even nominate themselves). Our 2012 winners will be awarded specially designed plaques at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association Annual Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., at ASLRRA’s gala dinner Tuesday, April 24. Articles describing their achievements will appear in Railway Age’s April 2012 issue, which will be distributed at the show. We’ll work with the winners to publicize the awards in online and national media, as well as any in-house websites available.

“Award winners have ranged from large regionals to small short lines,” says Bowen, “and we believe in honoring carriers ranging from 20 miles to nearly 2,000 miles. In most years, including in 2011, separate awards have been given for regional and short line carriers.”

Submit your entries to: Douglas John Bowen, Managing Editor,  Railway Age, 345 Hudson Street, 12th Floor, New York, N.Y., 100l4. E-mail: dbowen@sbpub.com. Fax: (212) 633-1863. Entries should contain the name, position, and contact information of the nominator and an approximately 500-word description of the achievement(s) of the nominated railroad. (Longer and short descriptions are admissible; 500 words is only a guideline.) Entry forms are not essential, but may be obtained from Bowen by fax or e-mail. The entry deadline is Friday, March 2, 2012, so please don’t delay.

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