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BNSF drones will patrol the track One need not look to the wild blue yonder to find the BNSF air force. Soon, it will be patrolling BNSF tracks from altitudes no higher than 500 feet, but not within three miles of any airport and always during daylight hours.
OmniTRAX’s Billie Johnson earns ASLRRA top safety award Billie Johnson, General Manager at OmniTRAX Inc. short lines Newburgh & South Shore Railroad and Northern Ohio & Western Railway is the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s (ASLRRA) 2014 Safety Person of the Year. Johnson will receive the award at the ASLRRA Convention in Orlando March 28-30, 2015.
First-of-its kind streetcar arrives in Dallas Dallas’s first “modern streetcar” has arrived from Brookville, Pa.
Senate bill would mandate STB reforms It is shipper-friendly legislation with which freight railroads probably can live. And while it’s not all the stuff so-called captive shippers would prefer—such as mandatory caps on rail rates and a study into the benefits of mandatory reciprocal switching—it stands a better probability of becoming law than anything previously attempted in Congress on behalf of shippers.
Via Rail pondering alternative Ontario routing for suspended Canadian After months of late arrivals due to track congestion on CN’s northern Ontario main line, compounded by slow orders arising from CN’s efforts to recover from two tar sands oil train explosions, Via Rail is examining an alternative routing for the Canadian,the continent’s last classic streamliner, originally Canadian Pacific’s premier luxury passenger train.

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March 27, 2015
Genesee & Wyoming Inc. on March 25, 2015 completed the acquisition of approximately 94% of Britain’s Freightliner Group Ltd. for approximately US$733 million (at current exchange rates), plus the assumption of approximately US$29 million (at current exchange rates) of...
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March 27, 2015
A strong showing for intermodal offset a drop in carload volume on North American railroads for the week ending March 21, 2015, the Association of American Railroads reported. North American rail volume for the week on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and...
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March 26, 2015
The American Short Line Rail and Regional Association (ASLRRA) has announced the winners of its 2014 Safety Awards, including Safety Person of the Year, Safety Professional of the Year, Most Improved Award, the President’s Awards, Jake Awards with Distinction, and...
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March 26, 2015
Siemens has officially been awarded a €1.7 billion (US$1.86 billion) contract by Germany’s Rhine-Ruhr Transport Authority (VRR) to supply 82 Desiro High Capacity (HC) EMUs for the Rhine-Ruhr Express (RRX) network and maintain the fleet for 32 years. VRR announced the...
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March 25, 2015
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) and American Petroleum Institute (API) have collaborated on a new crude-by-rail (CBR) introductory safety course for first responders. This course is available free of charge to emergency response organizations and fire departments via the...
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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...
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Two bills of substantial importance to railroads—Staggers Rail Act revisions as part of reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Board (STB), and extension of the deadline to implement Positive Train Control (PTC)—took meaningful steps forward March 25, gaining the imprimatur of the Senate Commerce Committee.
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A survey of crude oil science commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy is being cited, rather loosely, by the oil industry’s national lobby to discredit proponents of compulsory treatment of crude oil before it is loaded into railcars.
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