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A board appointed by President Obama to review a dispute between freight railroads and labor unions recommended during the weekend that workers receive an 18.6% pay increase over six years. The unions sought a 19% increase over five years; rail management had countered with 17% over ...

Lenore Skenazy, host of the blog “Free-Range Kids,” objects strongly to the change. Amtrak is institutionalizing the “idea that ‘safe enough’ is not safe enough. Now it must be almost 100% safe, which nothing is,” she said in response to a request for comment by Railway Age.

“I’m surprised at how much this issue is totally getting under my skin; I guess it's a combination of the fact that I love trains, and that Amtrak itself admits there is no basis to it,” she said.

 

--> As of Nov. 1, Amtrak passengers between the age of 8 and 12 are now not allowed to ride the national passenger railroad without being accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. Amtrak had allowed passengers as young as 8 years to ride unaccompanied. ...
04 November 2011

UP unveils AutoFlex

Union Pacific Railroad Senior Vice President–Corporate Relations Bob Turner, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, and local officials were on hand Friday as Union Pacific unveiled its employee-designed and built AutoFlex™ rail car in De Soto, Mo. The 90-foot long AutoFlex™ is a convertible, ...
Wabtec Corp. says it has acquired Bearward Engineering, a leading manufacturer of cooling systems and related equipment for power generation and other industrial markets. Conditions of the acquisition, announced late Thursday, were not disclosed. ...
The Florida Department of Transportation on Thursday completed its purchase of the 61-mile SunRail right-of-way in central Florida from CSX Corp. for $150 million, clearing the way for construction and improvement on the route. ...
U.S. freight carload traffic rose a solid 5.2% during the week ending Oct. 29, measured against the comparable week in 2010, the Association of American Railroads reported. U.S. intermodal volume also advanced strongly, up 4.6% compared with the same week last year. ...
03 November 2011

Cummins:

Cummins Inc. on Nov. 1 rolled out its new QSK95 diesel engine at the Seymour Engine Plant in Indiana. With over 4,000 hp (2,983 kW) output, the 95-liter 16-cylinder QSK95 engine is being touted as “the world’s most powerful high-speed diesel.” The QSK95 is the first ...
03 November 2011

UP

The Surface Transportation Board announced Thursday that among all U.S. Class I railroads, it found that only Union Pacific was revenue adequate for the year 2010—meaning that it achieved a rate of return equal to or greater than the board’s calculation of the average cost of capital to ...
Hundreds of Boy Scouts this weekend will spend a busy and fun-filled time at the North Carolina Transportation Museum earning their Railroading Merit Badges during Rail Camp, Nov. 4-6. Troops will spend Friday through Sunday at the museum, the site of the former Southern Railway Spencer Shops ste ...
Willis Edward Bell, 93, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Monday, Oct. 31, 2011. Bell was the Chief Signal Engineer of the Erie Lackawanna Railway and later the Chief Engineer for Communications and Signals at the United States Railway Association. He completed his career as a Project Manager at Gibb ...
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