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Greenbrier debuts "Tank Car of the Future"
Members of the rail industry, the media, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) gathered at the GBW Railcar Services (a joint venture of The Greenbrier Companies and Watco Companies) tank and general…
STB issues Tongue River Railroad Draft EIS
The Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) has issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for public review and comment of Tongue River Railroad Company’s (TRRC)…
GE Transportation completes first production test of Tier 4 engine
GE Transportation has completed the first production test, which evaluates the performance, emissions and mechanical properties, of its GE Evolution Series Tier 4 engine. This is the first engine to…
NTSB wants all tanks in a blanket
Proponents of current plans to renew the continent’s crude oil tank car fleet arrived at work April 7 to find another embarrassing egg laid at their doorstep, and not by…
Examining the DOT v. AAR Supreme Court decision regarding Amtrak
On March 9, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Department of Transportation v. Association of American Railroads, No. 13-1080, 575 U.S. ___ (2015) (DOT v. AAR),…
Amtrak pen trumps Freedom of Information Act sword
John Mica, the Republican pol from Florida, alleges something fishy with Amtrak’s hamburger prices. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito have a beef that Amtrak’s president is chosen…
Uncertainty clouds key rail bills in Senate
Two bills of substantial importance to railroads—Staggers Rail Act revisions as part of reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Board (STB), and extension of the deadline to implement Positive Train Control…
API twisting DOE report on crude oil
A survey of crude oil science commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy is being cited, rather loosely, by the oil industry’s national lobby to discredit proponents of compulsory treatment…
NYCT named in OSHA harassment ruling
The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ruled that an MTA New York City Transit supervisor discriminated against an employee for exercising his safety rights…
Lowenthal proposes infrastructure trust fund
Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) has introduced legislation he says “will provide a dedicated revenue source to invest in rebuilding crumbling freight infrastructure.”
“UP, UP, where art thou?” asks Texas customer
As all good Texas stories require, this one includes beer. While there is no pickup truck or trailer park involved, a railroad and organized labor are prominent. As often is…
Senate bill would mandate STB reforms
It is shipper-friendly legislation with which freight railroads probably can live. And while it’s not all the stuff so-called captive shippers would prefer—such as mandatory caps on rail rates and…
Senators seek to speed infrastructure permitting
Bi-partisan legislation has been introduced in the Senate to remedy what are termed “significant challenges in the federal environmental permitting process” that delay and discourage railroads from constructing additional capacity.
Greenbrier Cos. touts fiscal 2Q15 orders
The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. announced Tuesday, March 17, 2015 it has received new orders in its second quarter ended Feb. 28, 2015 for 10,100 railcar units valued at $1.09 billion.
FRA: Tank cars must upgrade valves
Under a fairly intense political spotlight spurred by a series of high-profile rail incidents involving crude-by-rail (CBR) shipments, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a "Railworthiness Directive requiring railroad…
U.S. sway affects Canada CBR safety focus
Transport Canada's selection March 11, 2015 of new tank car specifications is surely a harbinger of the choice the White House will make later this spring from among the options…
AAR lauds Transport Canada tank car proposal
Association of American Railroads (AAR) President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger responded late Wednesday, March 11, 2015, to Transport Canada's proposed TC-117 tank car standard.
Amtrak honors Joe Szabo with Chicago dedication
Amtrak on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 dedicated its Chicago railroad operations center as the Joseph C. Szabo Chicago Control Center, "in recognition of Szabo's contributions to the advancement of intercity…
Implications aplenty in Supreme Court Amtrak ruling
The Supreme Court March 9 sent back to a federal appellate court for reconsideration a freight railroad challenge to a provision of the 2008 Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act…
"Synbit" culprit in CN's second Gogama conflagration
At first sight, the March 7, 2015 Reuters bulletin looked like an accidental re-filing of a three-weeks-old news flash: “A Canadian National Railway train carrying crude oil has derailed near…
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