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GATX Rail: Car utilization and earnings high
GATX Corp. reported Thursday that its Rail segment earned a profit of $58.6 million in the first quarter of 2012 vs. $51.6 million in the year-ago quarter. GATX said the improvement was…
RailAmerica: Operating income up 57%
RailAmerica, Inc. reported late Wednesday that first-quarter revenue increased 15% to $143.4 million from $124.9 million in the first quarter last year. 2011. Freight revenue increased 10% to $107.8 million with average revenue…
DOT seeking 100% “American” passenger cars
The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a $551 million Request for Proposals (RFP) for 130 new “standardized” bilevel passenger railcars for use on Amtrak’s intercity routes in California, Illinois,…
GE Transportation reports strong revenue gain
Erie, Pa.-based GE Transportation Friday reported a "segment profit" of $232 million in the first quarter of 2012, up 48% from the same quarter a year ago. Revenue of $1.3…
CP trumpets 1Q earnings ahead of proxy battle
Canadian Pacific Railway early Friday announced stellar first-quarter net income of C$142 million, up C$108 million, or 318%, from the first quarter of 2011. Diluted earnings per share did nearly…
UP 1Q profit up 35%
Union Pacific Thursday reported its first-quarter profit was $863 million, or $1.79 per share, in the first quarter of 2012, up dramatically from $639 million, or $1.29 per share, in…
CSX 1Q beats Street
Leading off Class I first-quarter 2012 earnings reports, CSX Corp. late Tuesday cited first-quarter net income of $449 million, or 43 cents per share. That handily beat Wall Street's consensus…
Talgo ponders suing Wisconsin
Seattle-based Talgo, Inc. is considering legal action against the state of Wisconsin following the latter's long-expected cancelation of a $166 million maintenance contract.
United States joins InnoTrans 2012 exhibitors
With the addition of the United States and Hungary, InnoTrans 2012 will have a record 32 countries mounting combined national and regional displays of their transport technology at the ninth…
Saskatchewan announces short line grants
Saskatchewan's provincial government Monday announced C$700,000 in grants distributed among 11 short line railroads through its Shortline Railway Sustainability Program.
CP earns key analyst upgrade
In his proxy fight for control of Canadian Pacific, Pershing Square Capital Management hedge fund chief Bill Ackerman contends that the railroad's management has failed to seize opportunities to improve its performance.
GWI traffic declines in March, 1Q
Greenwich, Conn.-based Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. said Friday its March 2012 traffic volume fell 13.6% compared with the same month a year ago. As well, GWI's first-quarter traffic volume declined,…
Wabtec increases 2012 earnings guidance
Wabtec Corporation said April 12 that it expects first-quarter 2012 earnings per diluted share to be about $1.20, and has increased its 2012 full-year EPS guidance to about $4.80, based…
RailAmerica completes acquisition
Jacksonville, Fla.-based RailAmerica, Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of a 20% interest in the Wellsboro & Corning Railroad and Industrial Waste Group from Myles Group for approximately…
Greenbrier Cos.: “Strong” fiscal 2Q results
The Greenbrier Cos. Monday reported net earnings of $17.7 million, or 57 cents per diluted share, in its fiscal second quarter ending Feb. 29, 2012, compared with a net loss…
Gaining strength, KCS initiates cash dividend
In a sign of growing financial strength, Kansas City Southern's board of directors has decided to initiate a quarterly cash dividend for holders of its common stock.
Rio de Janeiro EMUs go into service
Electric multiple-unit (EMU) trains manufactured by China's CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd. went into operation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 20. An inaugural ceremony was held on that…
Standard & Poor's upgrades KCS credit rating
Standard & Poor's on Tuesday upgraded Kansas City Southern's credit rating to B+ with a positive outlook, one level below an investment grade rating, which would further cut borrowing costs. The upgrade…
For sale: Ontario Northland Railroad
Ontario's provincial government intends to end fiscal support of Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, which oversees the Ontario Northland Railroad, which receives C$103 million a year in provincial fiscal support.
FreightCar America sets commercial restructuring
FreightCar America, Inc. on Monday said it has named three individuals to manage its newly restructured commercial organization "to more directly present the full range of FreightCar America and FreightCar…
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