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Is coal on a comeback?
With utility losses stabilizing and global demand still strong, carloads are edging upward.
A. Stucki Co. forms subsidiaries
Pittsburgh-based A. Stucki Co. on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 said it is forming "several subsidiaries into an industrial division to emphasize its full range of production capabilities."
Miner completes testing for AAR S-213 boxcar plug door standard
Miner Enterprises has concluded boxcar plug door testing for door manufacturers pursuant to newly revised Association of American Railroads Standard S-213. A series of tests were conducted for the AAR…
Freight car backlog nears 125,000
The freight car backlog at the end of third-quarter 2014 amounted to 124,437 cars and platforms, the highest backlog level since October 1979’s 127,887 (when figures were compiled monthly), according…
FreightCar America 3Q earnings much improved
FreightCar America, Inc. reported third-quarter net income of $6.4 million, or 53 cents per diluted share, much better than the loss of $900,000, or 8 cents per diluted share, in…
Greenbrier Cos. touts record 4Q, full year
The Greenbrier Cos., Inc. on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 announced "record results for [the] fourth quarter and fiscal year," adding it had received orders of "an additional 11,400 units" after…
ARI 3Q revenue slips, but backlog grows
American Railcar Industries, Inc. (ARI) reported a drop in third-quarter revenue 2014 relative to the comparable period in 2013. St. Charles, Mo.-based ARI announced its results late Wednesday, Oct. 29,…
L.B. Foster to acquire Balfour Beatty unit
L.B. Foster Co. announced on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, an agreement to acquire the railroad tuning unit, FWO, of Balfour Beatty Rail GmbH. The German business provides track lubrication and switch roller…
Trinity Industries 3Q earnings rise
Trinity Industries, Inc. announced third-quarter earnings of $149.4 million, or 90 cents per diluted share, up 43% from $99.6 billion, or 63 cents per share, in the third quarter of…
Wabtec marks successful third quarter
Wabtec Corp. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 announced "record results" for its third quarter, led by record earnings per diluted share of 93 cents, up 22% from the comparable quarter…
RSI stats show 3Q14 car orders break record
The Railway Supply Institute on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 released its railcar industry order, delivery, and backlog statistics for the third quarter, noting the quarter was the largest ever for…
Strato honored by N.J. manufacturing industry
Piscataway, N.J.-based Strato, Inc., says it has been named New Jersey Manufacturer of the Year 2014 by NJBIZ, a business publication.
Greenbrier calls for no delays on PHMSA rulemaking, legacy tank car retrofits
Greenbrier on Oct. 10, 2014 reiterated its support for the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) proposed Option 2 design for new tank cars in flammable service built after…
Improving safety on North America’s “122-inch pipeline”
Are corrosion protection strategies for rail “all hat and no cattle?” (all talk, no substance?). James McDonald, Terry Aben P.E., and Douglas Mittlesteadt of Hempel USA examine this subject for…
Cap screw clamping challenge
Sometimes, a new railroad product that’s a bit different from “business as usual” will encounter resistance. Here’s how one supplier stayed the course and earned acceptance.
STB extends TTX pooling authority
TTX Co. said the Surface Transportation Board has approved a five-year extension of TTX's pooling authority governing all types of flatcars, including those that handle intermodal traffic, finished automobiles, and…
Railway Interchange 2015 exhibit space available
Booth space reservations are now open for the indoor and outdoor exhibitions at Railway Interchange 2015, the U.S.-based combined exhibition and technical conference taking place Sunday, Oct. 4 through Tuesday,…
RSI-CTC to PHMSA: “One size fits all” won’t work
In comments sent to the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Dept. 30, 2014, the Railway Supply Institute Committee on Tank Cars (RSI-CTC) warned of “significant disruption to…
Railcar builder stocks tumble following PHMSA NPRM comment period
Shares of The Greenbrier Companies and Trinity Industries fell 10.2% and 7.7%, respectively, in afternoon trading on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, one day after the deadline for final comments on…
AAR comments to PHMSA stress efficiency as well as safety
The Association of American Railroads on Sept. 30, 2014 submitted its comments on the U.S. Department of Transportation-Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) on…
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