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The seven U.S. Class I railroads earned net income totaling $2.76 billion in the second quarter of 2011, up 15.6% from the prior-year quarter, on revenue ton-miles that increased 3.45% to 425.1 billion. In reporting these and other results, the railroads cited strong pricing as a factor. ...
Press reports from China Wednesday said Premier Wen Jiabao has told state media that the government will suspend approval of new railway projects while it conducts safety checks to address concerns rising from the high speed train collision last month that killed 40 people. Wen reportedl ...
The National Labor Relations Board has approved a settlement of unfair-labor-practice charges against Hyundai Rotem USA Corp. and TTA Philadelphia L.L.C. The charges were brought by Transport Workers Union Local 234.
Downtown light rail service in North Carolina’s state capital is getting political traction, with the Raleigh City Council approving a plan for LRT, named the D6 route, through the west side of downtown along Harrington Avenue. ...

U.S. Brunel Award winners included: Amtrak’s Joseph R. Biden Jr. Wilmington, Del., Station, located on the Northeast Corridor; SEPTA’s Ft. Washington/Ambler/North Wales stations; Metro-North’s Croton Harmon Locomotive and Car Shop; the Washington, D.C. Union Station Bike Transit Center, overseen by the District Deparment of Transportation; and Union Pacific Railroad’s Heritage Locomotive Fleet Program.

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“This year’s submissions from the rail industry are evidence of the tremendous commitment to quality in design and expertise in building and maintaining a true 21st century rail network. The Brunel Awards competition provides a platform to recognize good design while reinforcing the importance of rail in everyday life,” said Ed Hamberger.

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UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux said, “The Brunel Awards competition illustrates the essential role of quality design and innovative architecture in railway systems throughout the world that make them more sustainable and more beneficial to society while at the same time more attractive and more enjoyable for their customers.”

The jury was composed of international leaders from the design and railway fields chaired by Professor Ronald Kemnitzer, FIDSA, of Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg, Va. “The quality and creativity of the submissions was very high and posed a real challenge to the jury to reach consensus in just two days of evaluation,” said Professor Kemnitzer.

Other jurors were: Chase Rynd, CEO of the National Building Museum; Angela Brady, president-elect of the Royal Institute of British Architects; Roy Allen, CEO of the U.S. Transportation Technology Center; Ignacio Barron, director of the UIC Passenger Department; Niels Diffrient, noted American industrial designer; Pamela Loeffelman, past vice president of the American Institute of Architects, and Professor Lars Lallerstedt, Swedish designer and educator.

The Brunel Awards are sanctioned by the Watford Group of International Railway Designers, an organization founded in 1963 and composed of railway design professionals from 20 countries in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The Brunel Awards were created in 1985 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of England’s Great Western Railway designed by the renowned British architect and engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Subsequently, the competition has been held at three-year intervals rotating among the Watford member nations. The last time it was held in the U.S. was in 1994.

Joining AAR and UIC in the effort was the Center for Industrial Design in Transportation, Inc., a non-profit educational corporation whose mission is to promote outstanding visual appearance and design in all modes of transport incorporating both infrastructure and vehicles, and to educate transport owner/operators and transportation officials on the value of applying industrial design as an integrated process from the outset of new projects.

--> The Association of American Railroads (AAR) and the International Union of Railways (UIC) on Wednesday jointly announced 43 projects from 11 nations have been recognized for design excellence in the 2011 Edition of the prestigious Brunel Awards International Railway Design Competition. The winner ...
Domestic and international intermodal volumes posted solid gains in the second quarter, according to a report released Tuesday by the Intermodal Association of North America. ...
Heinz North America’s Carrier of the Year award has historically gone to highway carriers, but Union Pacific Railroad has won the 2011 award. UP said it received the award primarily for its work shipping Ore-Ida® frozen potatoes from Ontario, Ore., to markets in the eastern U.S. ...
Maryville, Ill.-based Midwest Railcar said Monday it is expanding its fleet by 2,400 cars, “combining both newly built and pre-owned railcars.” Newly commissioned 3,250 cubic-foot covered hopper cars will increase the company’s railcar fleet by 1,800 cars during 2011 an ...
Faced with declining revenue and rising capital needs, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey announced plans Monday for increases in fares on its trans-Hudson PATH rail system and on river-crossing vehicle tolls. ...
Strong results in its railroad and manufacturing businesses, plus favorable investment earnings, helped Berkshire Hathaway Inc. achieve a second-quarter 2011 net profit of $3.42 billion, or $2,072 per share, compared with earnings of $1.97 billion, or $1,195 per share, in the second quarter of 2010. ...
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