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BNSF bumps capex to $6 billion for 2015
BNSF’s planned capital expenditures for 2015 will be $6 billion, another record for a company that, including next year’s amount, will have made more than $50 billion in capital investments…
U.S. rail traffic gains keep coming
U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Nov. 15, 2014 continued to show strength, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, Nov. 20.
Take a trip to MARS this January
“Rail Shipping 2015: Meeting the Challenges of High Demand” will be the theme for the 244th meeting of the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS), Jan. 14–15, 2015 in Oak…
Keystone XL promoter a convert to CBR
Now even the promoter of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is boosting the benefits of crude-by-rail (CBR) over pipelines.
Class I employment up in October
Figures released by the Surface Transportation Board on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, show total Class I railroad employment as of mid-October 2014 rose 3.75% to 169, 224, from mid-October 2013,…
BNSF, Hotstart partner on locomotive retrofit
BNSF Railway is retrofitting 11 of its locomotives with Hotstart idle-reduction technology "to reduce emissions and conserve fuel in Washington" state, with the pool of locomotives to operate out of…
CP agrees to sell D&H line to Norfolk Southern
Canadian Pacific announced on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 it would sell a line of roughly 200 miles, cutting across Pennsylvania and New York, to Norfolk Southern Corp. for $192.6 million.
BNSF's Matt Rose named to ACCCE Board
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 announced the election of BNSF Railway Executive Chairman Matthew K. Rose ACCCE's next chairman. James (Jim) J.…
Molitoris, Penne join OnTrackNorthAmerica board
OnTrackNorthAmerica, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that is advocating a capitalization strategy “for dramatically increasing rail utilization,” has appointed Jolene Molitoris and Leo Penne to its board of directors.
Thelen creates scholarship fund for Penn State Altoona RTE program
Penn State alumnus Gerhard A. Thelen, who retired in 2013 as Norfolk Southern Vice President, Operations Planning and Support, has created a scholarship fund for Penn State Altoona that will…
U.S. freight traffic gains forge on
U.S. freight rail traffic during the week ending Nov. 8, 2014 maintained upward momentum, measured against the comparable week in 2013, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, Nov. 13.
NRE 4321 shoving strong after 16 weeks
BNSF has passed 16 weeks of testing a National Railway Equipment high-adhesion NR33CDE-IAC locomotive, an EMD SD40-2 that has been modified to increase tractive effort and adhesion. The unit, says…
Suit filed to block CSX D.C. tunnel plan
A suit filed in federal court seeks to block CSX from improving and expanding its Virginia Avenue Tunnel in Washington, D.C.
STB Chairman Elliott to be renominated
President Obama announced his intention Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, to renominate Daniel Ellliot III to the Surface Transportation Board for another term, and upon appointment assume the role of STB…
Railroads are searching for ways to keep intermodal moving, and growing, on a capacity-constrained network.
Four paths to natural gas
LNG or CNG? At the High Horsepower Summit in New Orleans, four newer players in the natural gas-powered-locomotive field described their plans.
Is coal on a comeback?
With utility losses stabilizing and global demand still strong, carloads are edging upward.
Looking for a good career? Look to the railroads
By year-end 2014, U.S. Class I railroads will have hired 45,000 employees since 2012, including an estimated 9,900 military veterans. Some 17,000 will have been hired this year, far exceeding…
AAR: “An enormous amount of freight”
The Association of American Railroads on Nov. 6, 2014 reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Nov. 1, 2014, for the month of October 2014, and for the…
Post-election: Railroads look OK; rail labor, Amtrak not so good
What does Senate Republican control and the largest House Republican majority since the 1940s mean for railroad reregulation, Amtrak’s future, high- and higher-speed rail, transit funding, Positive Train Control (PTC),…
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