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Freight traffic, intermodal down throughout November
For the month of November 2015, total U.S. carload traffic was 1,041,605, down 10.4% or 120,259 carloads from November 2014, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported on Dec. 2,…
BNSF highlights 2014 sustainability progress
BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) on Dec. 2, 2015 released its 2014 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report, highlighting its environmental, economic and social performance. The report provides updates on the progress…
FAST Act on the fast track to approval
Congressional conferees on Dec. 1, 2015 reached an agreement on the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, a five-year surface transportation reauthorization bill and the first long-term bill of its…
CP’s Holiday Train ready to ride again
The Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train program is ready to go for its 17th year, bringing with it food, cash donations and awareness to local food banks and food shelves…
CP-NS: Voting trust and other conundrums
Levitation takes two forms among railroads—magnetic levitation relating to futuristic high-speed passenger transport, and stock levitation associated with bidding wars for asset control.
Rail traffic takes a dive
For the week ending Nov. 21, 2015, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 532,532 carloads and intermodal units, down 5.7% compared with the same week last year, the Association of…
CSX’s Santa Train completes its 73rd run
CSX’s Santa Train completed its 73rd run on Nov. 21, 2015 in Kingsport, Tenn., after having made its inaugural run in 1943 as a good will gesture to residents of…
AAR: Rail traffic stays on the decline
For the week ending Nov. 14, 2015, total U.S. rail traffic was 543,681 carloads and intermodal units, down 4.7% compared with the same week in 2014, the Association of American…
CP + NS fully in play
The day after confirming that it had made an offer to Norfolk Southern—and following NS’s tepid response—Canadian Pacific on Nov. 18, 2015 disclosed the contents of the offer letter it…
CP pursuing NS. Game on!
It’s official: Canadian Pacific on Nov. 17, 2015 sent an offer letter to Norfolk Southern proposing a merger (an acquisition, really) “that would create a transcontinental railroad with the scale…
CP-NS transcon a craps table roll
Few obstacles bedevil railroads as has the Mississippi River. Spanning it was the nation’s first rail bridge in 1856—promptly assaulted by steamboat Effie Afton. While the bridge was repaired and…
BNSF evaluating drones in New Mexico
BNSF has tested a UAS (unmanned aerial system, better-known as a drone) supplied by Boeing Co. subsidiary Insitu Inc. in east-central New Mexico, on approximately 132 miles of main line…
CSX CFO discusses 2015 performance, 2016 outlook
CSX Chief Financial Officer Frank Lonegro on Nov. 10, 2015 reinforced the company’s 2015 guidance and outlined expectations for key markets in 2016 at the Baird Industrial Conference in Chicago,…
Yoho visists Balfour Beatty Rail
On Nov. 12, 2015, Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) member Balfour Beatty Rail hosted Congressman Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) for a tour of its Jacksonville, Fla., facility and discussed public policy…
Rail traffic continues to drop
For the week ending Nov. 7, 2015, total U.S. rail traffic was 539,165 carloads and intermodal units, down 5.2% compared with the same week in 2014, the Association of American…
AAR salutes veterans for helping rail move nation’s economy
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) joins the nation Nov. 11, 2015 in saluting the contributions of the country's military veterans.
William J. Quinn, 1911-2015
William J. Quinn, whose 40-year railroading career culminated as Chairman and CEO of the Milwaukee Road, died Oct. 24, 2015 at the Glen Care Center in Glenview, Ill. He was…
AAR considers court action to alter CBR rulemaking
Reaffirmation by the U.S. rail and hazardous materials regulators of new rules for the movement of flammable liquids means operational migraines for railroaders, without actually addressing the underlying cause of…
CP + NS is in play: Reports
Canadian Pacific Railway has held early-stage merger talks with Norfolk Southern and is raising financing for an acquisition, according to Nov. 9, 2015 news reports citing confidential sources at both…
STB to hold rail service performance data meetings
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) announced Nov. 9, 2015 that its staff will hold informal meetings with stakeholders between Nov. 16, 2015 and Dec. 7, 2015, on proposed rules for…
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