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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.
CSX embarks on a July 4 track blitz
CSX m/w employees on July 1 kicked off an eight-day maintenance “jamboree” or “blitz” designed to complete work that would normally take 18 weeks under traffic. The accelerated timeline is…
RRV&W reaches one million carloads
On June 22, the Red River Valley & Western Railroad Company, after 26 years in business, moved its one-millionth carload. The celebratory shipment was 110 tons of corn destined for…
AAR to Congress: Freight rail strong and flexible—and the backbone of passenger rail
In two days of testimony before two separate U.S. House of Representatives transportation panels, Association of American Railroads President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger emphasized that “billions in annual privately…
Foxx confirmed as new DOT Secretary
The Senate unanimously confirmed former Charlotte, N.C. Mayor Anthony Foxx as the new Secretary of Transportation Thursday, June 27, 2013, succeeding Ray LaHood.
For CP, a rapid recovery from Alberta floods
Canadian Pacific said Monday, June 24 that its main line west of Calgary through the Banff-Canmore region of Alberta is now open after operations crews successfully restored segments impacted by…
BNSF’s Johnson succeeds CP’s McFarlane in U.S.
Robert Johnson, who has spent 32 years with BNSF Railway and its predecessors, most recently as General Manager-Northwest Division, has been appointed Canadian Pacific Railway’s Vice President U.S. Operations. He…
MARS sets summer conference agenda
The energy and housing markets will be two areas of focus at the upcoming MARS (Midwest Association of Rail Shippers) Annual Summer Meeting July 8-9 at the Grand Geneva Resort…
Obituary: Isabel H. Benham, 103
Isabel Hamilton Benham, who died May 18, 2013, at the age of 103, was a formidable and influential presence in railroad affairs on Wall Street for much of the 20th Century. She…
Union pickets Amtrak Board chairman’s law office
Amtrak Board Chairman Anthony Coscia's New Brunswick, N.J., law office was targeted Tuesday morning, June 4, 2013, by the Passenger Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition (PRLBC), representing Amtrak employees who PRLBC…
AAR fires at NITL over forced switching proposal
Like a U.S. Navy destroyer unleashing all of its weapons simultaneously, the Association of American Railroads has launched a strongly worded attack on the National Industrial Transportation League’s proposal to…
NS “training brains” with graphic public-safety billboards
Graphic billboards showing a cast on a person’s leg with the caption, “I raced a train and all I got was this lousy full-body cast”; two feet poking out from…
Boosting asset utilization: The hunt for percentage points
Lessons learned from TTX Co. Increasing asset utilization by a single percentage point can make the difference between a typical year and a banner year. By blending operations insight with…
UP: Always expect a train in Chicago
Chicago is the railroad crossroads of the nation, with hundreds of freight and passenger trains rolling on the region’s vast network of lines virtually 24 hours a day. In a…
CN accelerates frac sand branch upgrade
CN is accelerating work on a $33 million upgrade of its Whitehall Subdivision in Wisconsin to increase carloading capacity and train velocity for the growing frac sand supply chains of…
Engineer shortage hampers SEPTA operations
A shortage of qualified engineers is causing annulments of SEPTA regional rail service trains, with some SEPTA employees predicting the problem will become more acute.
America’s railroads: Conservers of energy, friends of the environment
You might remember the TV commercial: A single locomotive pulling doublestacked containers through a pastoral landscape, a logjam of trucks and autos on the adjacent roadway, everything moving uncharacteristically slow,…
CSX Play It Safe campaign in national spotlight at NASCAR All Star Race
Handling problems with the Front Row Motorsports no. 34 Ford Fusion may have kept driver David Ragan from running near the front of the 22-car field during the May 18…
AAR confers environmental stewardship awards
The Association of American Railroads on May 15 presented Rick McNey, a CSX Transportation employee from Baltimore, Md., with the 2013 John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence Award, and U.S. Senator…
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