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For coal, a sharper focus on exports
Environmental activism, an abundance of cheap natural gas, and the global economy were connected in one way or another with the mixed outlook for coal during the first half of…
BNSF unit trains to serve new frac sand facility
U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. announced Monday that it has formed "an innovative alliance with BNSF Railway to build a new silica sand storage facility in San Antonio, Tex., that will support the…
Protran Technology, major energy company team on safety initiative
Flanders, N.J.-based Protran Technology said June 15 that it has landed a contract with a major energy company to outfit locomotives leased from two Class I railroads “with the first…
U.S. freight carloads down (again); intermodal gains
U.S. freight carload volume for the week ending June 9, 2012, once again failed to match the comparable week in 2011, down 1.7%, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday.…
Iowa Pacific completes Permian Basin upgrades
Iowa Pacific Holdings said Wednesday it has opened its new locomotive repair shop on the Texas-New Mexico Railroad (TNMR) subsidiary, a key rail line in the Permian Basin oilfield.
Parsons Brinckerhoff promotes Kelly, Eby
Parsons Brinckerhoff said Wednesday it has named Greg Kelly to the newly created position of global Chief Operating Officer (COO). Clifford Eby succeeds Kelly as president of Parsons Brinckerhoff's Americas…
CP director steps down from post
Canadian Pacific's Board of Directors, significantly revamped last month through a proxy battler led by New York-based Pershing Square Capital Management, continues to change as David Raisbeck now has resigned…
Schneider National, CSX announce pact
Schneider National, Inc. said Monday it has reached an agreement with CSX Transportation to broaden its services in northwestern Ohio. The agreement expands Schneider's intermodal service to now include two…
U.S. freight traffic back to “mixed” results
Resuming a pattern repeated through much of 2012, U.S. freight carload volume for the week ending June 2, 2012, fell short of the comparable week in 2011, down 3.1%, after…
Rail accidents down sharply in first quarter
The Federal Railroad Administration's Office of Safety Analysis has reported strong safety gains for 726 reporting railroads in this year's first quarter.
Profitability, beyond coal. Imagine
Give Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman due recognition for his courage to be contrarian. Applause from this observer follows.
Moorman: Putting coal in perspective
There's no question about the importance of coal to the railroads. It has recently accounted for 44% of U.S. Class I railroad tonnage, 24.1% of carloads, and 24.2% of revenue. A mild…
NS marks 30 years on the NYSE
On June 2, 1982, newly formed Norfolk Southern Corp., a merger of the Norfolk & Western Railway and the Southern Railway, was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Present…
Dover: Teamwork, tenacity get Smith back on track
Railroaders and racers have many characteristics in common. Two of them are teamwork and tenacity. When trouble strikes, they rise to the occasion and band together, working safely and efficiently to…
CP names Paul Haggis new chairman
Canadian Pacific Tuesday said it has named Paul Haggis as its new chairman.
Norfolk Southern: At 30, still growing
Norfolk Southern, a railroad that has more than once been characterized as the world's most successful, observes its 30th anniversary June 2 in a position of strength and growth, despite…
Grain shippers: UP “top-performing” railroad
For the second year in a row, Union Pacific was selected as the top performing railroad by leading U.S. agricultural shippers in the third annual Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) Railroad…
CP trains resume rolling
Canadian Pacific operations throughout Canada resumed at roughly 7:00 a.m. Friday morning (Eastern Time), CP spokesman Ed Greenberg told Railway Age.
Senator proposes DOT "freight initiative"
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) on Thursday asked Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to launch a "high-level and coordinated multimodal freight initiative at the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve the management of…
U.S. freight carload traffic, intermodal both gain
In a welcome departure from past weeks, U.S. freight carload traffic for the week ending May 26, 2012 notched an increase, up 1.3% measured against the comparable week in 2011,…
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