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BNSF 2016 capex: $4.3 billion
BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) on Jan. 26, 2016 announced a $4.3 billion 2016 capital expenditure plan that “will focus on helping to ensure the company continues to operate a safe…
BNSF selects MOBI to manage mobile workforce and M2M management
BNSF Railway has selected MOBI as its partner to provide more efficient mobile device management across its network of employees and machines, MOBI announced Jan. 14, 2016. MOBI, a technology…
Railroader of the Year: CARL ICE
BNSF’s President and CEO leads a railroad that continuously sets high standards for investment, service quality, profitability and safety. Following is the complete interview, as published in the January issue…
BNSF’S CARL R. ICE NAMED RAILROADER OF THE YEAR
January 7, 2016: Carl R. Ice, President and Chief Executive Officer of BNSF Railway, has been named 2016 Railroader of the Year by railroad industry trade journal Railway Age. Ice…
Top rail execs to provide industry insights at MARS Winter Meeting
Top executives from three Class I railroads will be speaking at the 246th meeting of the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) on Jan. 13–14, 2016, which will be held…
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…
BNSF honors military families with holiday train rides
BNSF Railway’s annual Holiday Express, which pays tribute to members of the U.S. military and their families, made its final stop in Nebraska earlier this week. During the five-day long…
BNSF highlights 2014 sustainability progress
BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) on Dec. 2, 2015 released its 2014 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report, highlighting its environmental, economic and social performance. The report provides updates on the progress…
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…
What happens when you’re off the air?
Air brake technology is improving. Do FRA brake test rules need updating?
BNSF, Union Pacific move massive frac sand trains
BNSF and Union Pacific have each moved two of the longest and heaviest unit frac sand trains ever seen in North America. BNSF and short line Southwestern Railroad recently delivered…
Railhead Corp., Volant UAS team up to bring drones to the rail industry
Railhead Corp., manufacturer of safety lighting, tools, mobile video surveillance and locomotive data recorders has teamed up with Volant Unmanned Aerial Solutions (UAS) to bring the Lockheed Martin-made Digital Indago™…
IAROO, ABA provide BNSF 90 CFM Test Waiver update
The International Association of Railway Operating Officers, Inc. (IAROO) and the Air Brake Association (ABA) held a joint session on Oct. 5, 2015 at Railway Interchange 2015 in Minneapolis, Minn.,…
ARS acquires FreightCar America’s repair and maintenance services business
Appalachian Railcar Services, Inc. (ARS) announced Sept. 30, 2015 that its wholly-owned subsidiary, ARS Nebraska, LLC, has acquired all of FreightCar America, Inc.’s railcar repair and maintenance services business.
The locomotive landscape
2015 is adding up to be a year of innovation, and a few surprises, in the North American locomotive market.
Railroads report no major damage from Northwest fires (so far)
Aside from unconfirmed reports of isolated tie damage to one Idaho short line, and moments of suspended service on both short lines and Class Is, the dozens of wildfires raging…
BNSF recognizes Pasco, Wash. with first Heritage Community Award
BNSF Railway has honored Pasco, Wash. with the inaugural BNSF Railway Heritage Award, which recognizes towns that embrace their past, present and future ties to freight rail.
STB extends deadline on Tongue River Railroad Draft EIS
The Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) has issued a notice extending the deadline—for a second time—for filing comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for…
Drought relief, by rail
Could emergency service that’s been used worldwide be applied on a massive scale for California?
Washington State provides funding for rail infrastructure projects
Three key rail infrastructure and economic development projects in the Columbia Basin—the Port of Moses Lake’s Northern Columbia Basin Railroad Project, the Port of Warden’s Rail Infrastructure Expansion Project and…
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