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Train and engine crew employment climbs in July
Employment figures released by the Surface Transportation Board for July 2013 show that Class I railroads employed 163,956 people, up 1.20% from July 2012, though down 0.31%, from the previous…
CP and UP forge Canada-to-California CBR corridor
For the past year, BNSF Railway has dominated in the shipment of crude by rail (CBR) from North America’s Bakken shale formation westward to refineries and ship terminals along America’s…
Intermodal leads U.S. weekly traffic gain
The Association of American Railroads, for the week ending Aug. 10, 2013 reported intermodal volume of 257,969 units, up 6.1% compared with the same week last year, and 288,803 carloads,…
KCS succession plan continues on-track
Kansas City Southern on Thursday, Aug. 8 announced, “in furtherance of its long-term succession planning,” that Michael R. Haverty will transition from his current position of Executive Chairman and employee…
Beleaguered MM&A files for bankruptcy
Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MM&A), operator of the runaway crude oil train involved in the July 6 derailment and explosion at Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, that killed 47 people, announced on…
CSX acquires Eastern Associated Terminal
CSX Corp. announced Tuesday, Aug. 7, the purchase of the Eastern Associated Terminal in Tampa, Fla. from the Ingram Barge Company. The 22-acre phosphate export facility is adjacent to CSX…
Maine House rep introduces two-person-crew bill
Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Me.) on Aug. 2, 2013 introduced “The Safe Freight Act,” a bill requiring a minimum of two-person crews for freight trains. Fellow Maine Democrat Rep. Chellie Pingree…
Senate confirms third NMB Member
The U.S. Senate on Aug. 1 confirmed Nicholas Geale to serve as the third member of the National Mediation Board (NMB) for a term expiring July 1, 2016. Incumbent Member…
Rethinking railroad safety and efficiency
An innovative project on Egyptian National Railways is an example of how small railroads can install PTC at a low cost.
Railroad Software offers cloud-based package
Railyard Management Software, LLC on Monday, July 29, 2013 announced its new cloud-based Railyard Operations & Inspection Management Software Solution, developed to meet the railcar tracking, record keeping, and inspection…
Whatever can they be thinking?
Blame it on phases of the moon, a drop on the head as a baby, or a genetic disorder—but, whatever the cause, there seemingly is an increase in self-destructive and…
UP: A return to steam for Big Boy 4014
One of the largest and perhaps most famous steam locomotives ever built—Union Pacific’s articulated 4-8-8-4 “Big Boy” No. 4014—will be restored to operating condition by UP’s Cheyenne, Wyo.-based Heritage Fleet…
Frank J. Richter, 1916-2013
Franz (Frank) J. Richter, an icon in railway industry journalism and publisher of two industry trade publications, died July 25 in his adopted country of Argentina, where he lived with…
When bad things happen to good companies, and to good people
(Editor’s Note: This commentary is a collaboration of Railway Age Contributing Editors Larry Kaufman and Frank Wilner, both of whom have extensive experience in railroad public relations.) Of one thing…
Iowa Pacific, Holdtrade (UK) Ltd. form Colombian joint venture
Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC, and Holdtrade (UK) Ltd. of Greenwich, England, have formed a new company, Holdtrade Atlantico, to apply for rail freight operating licenses in Colombia. The new company…
Pacific Harbor Line, BLET sign pact
Short line Pacific Harbor Line, Inc. (PHL) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) announced Monday, July 15, 2013, they have signed a new five-year labor agreement covering…
Midyear traffic volumes: Carloads flat, intermodal up
At the midyear point of 2013 (26 out of 52 weeks in), combined North American rail volume on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads totaled 9,650,841 carloads, down 0.4%…
CN to serve new frac sand transloading terminal
CN announced on Wednesday, July 3 that it will start serving a new state-of-the art frac sand terminal north of Grande Prairie, Alta., starting in November 2013.
Educating the next generation of railroaders
“You’re going to be a high school senior this fall. Any thoughts on a career? College?” “Well, Dad, I think I might like to work for a railroad. It’s a…
Midyear Report: Why investors turn to rail
Union Pacific’s record $3.7 billion in capital expenditures in 2012 returned quick dividends, and resulted in the 151-year-old railroad’s best year for its investors.
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