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Bay Area short line upset with passenger project
Schellville, Calif.-based short line Northwestern Pacific Railroad Co. (NWP) has expressed displeasure with recent actions undertaken by Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) actions that the freight railroad says is disrupting…
Wildfires damage Northwest rail lines
A series of wildfires in central and eastern Washington state, some blazing for nearly a week, have devastated entire communities and left several sections of railway damaged.
CAGTC endorses Build America Investment Initiative
The Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC), a freight transportation advocacy group, has endorsed the Obama Administration’s Build America Investment Initiative, which consists of plans to move infrastructure…
Genesee & Wyoming notches record 2Q traffic
Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. said Monday, July 14, 2014 its second-quarter traffic rose 6.0% measured against the comparable quarter in 2013. Same-railroad traffic was up 5.0% for the quarter.
Indiana Rail Road touts increased train speeds
The Indiana Rail Road Co. (INRD) said Tuesday, July 8, 2014 it will increase the speed limit for trains to 30 mph for the portion of its mainline between West…
Met Council, Minneapolis find LRT compromise
Minneapolis and the Metropolitan Council jointly announced Tuesday, July 8, 2014, a "tentative agreement" to proceed with the planned development of the Southwest Light Rail Project, linking downtown Minneapolis and…
Canadian grain broker acquires Saskatchewan short line
As part of its transformation from government marketing monopoly to privatized competitor, the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) has become the imminent owner of a work-worn 125-mile (200-km) short line connecting…
MDDE honored by chemical customer
The Maryland & Delaware Railroad Co. (MDDE) of Federalsburg, Md., was recently honored by Eastman Chemical Company of Kingsport, Tenn., with a Special Recognition award for superior service to the…
OmniTRAX lands Texas short line, site work
OmniTRAX said Thursday, June 12, 2014, it will manage the Brownsville & Rio Grande International Railroad, a short line railway based in Brownsville, Tex. As well, OmniTRAX will also develop…
U.S. EIA: Rail still rules domestic coal delivery
U.S. coal use for electricity generation may be declining, and U.S. freight railroads may be delivering less coal as a result. But rail still is by far the modal choice…
Greenbrier, Watco set railcar repair joint venture
The Greenbrier Cos., Inc. and Watco Companies, LLC announced early Wednesday, June 4, 2014, a new company that will create a North American network of railcar repair shops.
Newest GWI short line debuts
Genesee & Wyoming Inc.'s newest rail subsidiary, Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad, Inc. (RCP&E), began operations Sunday, June 1, 2014, as Canadian Pacific completed the sale of the line,…
OmniTRAX acquires Sand Springs Railway Co.
OmniTRAX announced Wednesday, May 28, 2014 that it is acquiring Sand Springs Railway Co., a 32-mile short line linking the railroad's namesake Oklahoma city with Tulsa, Okla.
RDC’s Posner: “Europe needs cooperation as much as it needs competition”
In a forum at the May 21, 2014 OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany, Railroad Development Corp. Chairman Henry Posner III said that…
Short line gets new name, new owner
Hermon, Maine-based Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway has a new identity – Central Maine and Quebec Railway – following its purchase by Railroad Acquisisition Holdings LLC, an arm of New…
EPA names Coos Bay a 'Smartway' partner
Short line Coos Bay Rail Link (CBR) has been named a new member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay® Transport Partnership program, the railroad announced Monday, May 19, 2014.
MM&A, employees face negligence charges
The bankrupt Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MM&A) and three of its former employees are to appear in court in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, to face 47 charges…
California short line claims legal victory
Sierra Railroad Co., an operator of freight trains and passenger excursions, said it has been awarded "$39.6 million in compensatory and punitive damages in a service contract dispute with Patriot…
GWI cites weather impact on 1Q earnings
Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. on Thursday, May 1, 2014, cited "severe winter weather" as a primary factor disrupting its first-quarter earnings and revenue.
SCOTUS upholds EPA on coal plant pollution
In a 6-to-2 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to regulate air pollution generated by coal plants that crosses state lines, putting additional pressure…
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