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Canada's Trudeau has final say on CP-NS merger
Rail industry cogitation focuses so far on Canadian Pacific's (CP) prospects for securing Surface Transportation Board (STB) approval for its—at first friendly and now increasingly hostile—attempt to take over Norfolk…
CP ups the ante; NS responds
Canadian Pacific (CP) on Dec. 16, 2015 announced a “revised, enhanced offer” in its bid to acquire Norfolk Southern (NS). The revised offer consists of, for each NS share, U.S.$32.86,…
CP to NS: 4,926 words; 37 footnotes
December 7, 2015: A day that will live in infamy for anyone attempting to follow the volley of legalese and rhetoric being tossed about by Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern…
SLSI names Executive Director; selects Advisory Board, Board of Directors
The Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI) has selected Ron Hynes as Executive Director to “advance its mission of providing the leadership to enhance the safety culture and safety conformance of…
Jason Seidl: “It's either seven or four”
In a Dec. 10, 2015 interview with Bloomberg TV Canada, BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose stated that his company has spoken to both eastern Class I railroads about potential merger…
House passes S. 808; next stop: the President
The U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 10, 2015 passed S. 808, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Act of 2015, which among other provisions, will increase the number of…
CP, TCRC reach arbitrated agreement
Canadian Pacific (CP) on Dec. 9, 2015 applauded the arbitration decision and agreement between CP and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), the union representing CP's Canadian conductors and locomotive…
CP sweetens deal as NS calls up reinforcements, says “no” again
Canadian Pacific’s pursuit of Norfolk Southern has taken on the tone of a rough-and-tumble yet well-intentioned star athlete pulling out all the stops to capture the heart of his dream…
Untangling the tale of PTC
Norfolk Southern's Wick Moorman responds to Railway Age’s October 2015 issue cover story on Positive Train Control.
Rail shipper survey reveals lack of support for potential CP-NS merger
About 71% of rail shippers surveyed by Cowen and Company do not support a merger between Canadian Pacific (CP) and Norfolk Southern (NS), even though opposition to a Class I…
NS to CP: Proposed merger "a poor combination"
Refuting practically every purported benefit that Canadian Pacific has given, and citing substantial regulatory risks and uncertainties as well as many other negatives, Norfolk Southern on Dec. 4, 2015 loudly…
FAST Act on the fast track to approval
Congressional conferees on Dec. 1, 2015 reached an agreement on the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, a five-year surface transportation reauthorization bill and the first long-term bill of its…
New tank car regulations: A coatings perspective
By now, railcar manufacturers are well aware of U.S. Department of Transportation’s new rules regarding the nation’s fleet of crude-carrying cars.
CP-NS: Voting trust and other conundrums
Levitation takes two forms among railroads—magnetic levitation relating to futuristic high-speed passenger transport, and stock levitation associated with bidding wars for asset control.
CP pursuing NS. Game on!
It’s official: Canadian Pacific on Nov. 17, 2015 sent an offer letter to Norfolk Southern proposing a merger (an acquisition, really) “that would create a transcontinental railroad with the scale…
CP-NS transcon a craps table roll
Few obstacles bedevil railroads as has the Mississippi River. Spanning it was the nation’s first rail bridge in 1856—promptly assaulted by steamboat Effie Afton. While the bridge was repaired and…
BNSF evaluating drones in New Mexico
BNSF has tested a UAS (unmanned aerial system, better-known as a drone) supplied by Boeing Co. subsidiary Insitu Inc. in east-central New Mexico, on approximately 132 miles of main line…
For NJT, a second PEB
President Barack Obama on Nov. 12, 2015 signed an Executive Order creating a second Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) to help resolve an ongoing contract dispute between New Jersey Transit Rail…
Senate toughens up on longer, heavier trucks
The U.S. Senate on Nov. 10, 2015 passed a motion opposing the allowance of twin 33-foot trailers on federal highways in a 56-31 vote.
AAR considers court action to alter CBR rulemaking
Reaffirmation by the U.S. rail and hazardous materials regulators of new rules for the movement of flammable liquids means operational migraines for railroaders, without actually addressing the underlying cause of…
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