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Rail freight traffic continues to grow
The Association of American Railroads reported continued growth in U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 26, 2014, with 306,988 total carloads, up 4.3% compared with the same week…
What history can tell us about things to come
In February 1882, Joseph Osgood allowed shortsightedness to steer him wrong. As newly-appointed chief engineer for the California Southern Railroad (which would later become part of the Santa Fe Railway),…
KCSR reorganizes operating department
Kansas City Southern has made organizational changes within the operations department of its U.S. subsidiary, The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR).
CN, CP: Bring on the harvest
Canada’s 2014-2015 grain harvest will soon be under way, and both CN and Canadian Pacific say they are well-prepared to accommodate the new harvest with a steady throughput rate in…
When you get a good deal, take it
Arbitrator Robert O. Harris told the United Transportation Union (UTU) and railroads in 1991, then unable to agree at the bargaining table, “Welcome to the oldest established craps game in…
EPA railcar overview: Short-term deliveries rising, with a “formidable” backlog
Economic Planning Associates has once again raised its estimate for 2104-2015 freight car deliveries, based on “a strong first-half 2014” and “a formidable backlog” approaching 100,000 units.
U.S. freight traffic gains again in latest week
U.S. freight rail traffic for the week ending July 19, 2014 advanced yet again, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, July 24, with Canadian rail traffic and Mexican carload…
UP 2Q results beat the Street
Union Pacific said Thursday, July 24, 2014 its second-quarter net earnings rose 17%, to $1.29 billion, or $1.43 per share, measured against $1.11 billion, or $1.18 per share, in the…
DOT issues open-ended NPRM on CBR, other flammable fuels
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, issued a long-anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) involving a new, stricter set of rules for crude-by-rail (CBR) train movements…
Norfolk Southern notches record second quarter
Norfolk Southern Corp. early Wednesday, July 23, 2014 reported "record net income" of $462 million, or diluted earnings per share of $1.79, in the second quarter. Those marks were 21%…
Thompson to SMART reps: “You have hit a grand slam”
In a July 20, 2014 letter to SMART-Transportation Division International Representative John W. Babler and General Chairperson Randall S. Knutson, former United Transportation Union International President Paul C. Thompson expresses…
CN 2Q earnings show strength
Rebounding from a first quarter hampered by what its CEO called the "winter of a lifetime," CN late Monday, July 21, 2014 reported second-quarter net income of C$847 million (US$789…
Class I employment rises in June
Figures released by the Surface Transportation Board show total Class I railroad employment as of mid-June 2014 rose 1.02%, to 166,139, from June 2013, and also gained modestly previous month,…
Wildfires damage Northwest rail lines
A series of wildfires in central and eastern Washington state, some blazing for nearly a week, have devastated entire communities and left several sections of railway damaged.
CAGTC endorses Build America Investment Initiative
The Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC), a freight transportation advocacy group, has endorsed the Obama Administration’s Build America Investment Initiative, which consists of plans to move infrastructure…
KCS reports strong 2Q results
Kansas City Southern early Friday, July 18, 2014, reported higher second-quarter net income and revenue, which it said was powered by strong agriculture and automotive shipments.
Strong gains for North American freight traffic
Railroads in all three major North American nations scored solid gains in freight rail traffic during the week ending July 12, 2014, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday, July…
BNSF, SMART seek historic crew consist revision
A gutsy, proactive, and far-sighted collaboration between BNSF and a general committee of its largest labor union has produced a tentative agreement to allow freight trains equipped with Positive Train…
CP touts “strongest financial results” in 2Q
Canadian Pacific early Thursday, July 17, 2014, reported second-quarter net income of C$371 million (US$345 million), or C$2.11 (US$1.96) per diluted share, a record for the second quarter, and up…
NS releases latest sustainability report
Norfolk Southern Corp. released its latest "Connections" sustainability report Wednesday, July 16, 2014, detailing its ongoing efforts to contribute to a cleaner environment, a healthier economy, and stronger communities.
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