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Transitions can be difficult
The death recently of A. E. (Ted) Michon reminded me just how difficult transitions can be for those who must go through them.
Alfred E. Michon, 75
Alfred E. Michon, president of four regional railroads who also worked with both Burlington Northern (now BNSF) and Union Pacific, died Oct. 9 at age 75.
BNSF to mark new Burlington, Iowa, bridge
BNSF Railway says it will celebrate the completion of its new railroad bridge over the Mississippi River at Burlington, Iowa, with a public ceremony and reception this Thursday, Oct. 18.
RailComm to expand BNSF Amarillo yard system
Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm said Monday it has been selected to provide a wireless remote control derail system at BNSF's Amarillo, Tex., yard for the roundhouse engine tracks.
STB to Berkshire Hathaway: Divest two railroads
The Surface Transportation Board has directed BNSF Railway's parent, Berkshire Hathaway, to "promptly remedy its noncompliance with railroad control requirements" stemming from its acquisition of BNSF in 2010.
Environmental report moves BNSF facility ahead
BNSF announced Sept. 29 that an updated Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) released by the Port of Los Angeles found that a proposed BNSF Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) facility…
Rail oil prospects excite Wall Street
Railroads these days are enjoying good “fracking” business—no pun intended—and Wall Street has taken notice.
Sounder Lakewood extension looms
Seattle Sound Transit says it will add Lakewood, Wash., to its regional passenger rail service offerings Monday, Oct. 8, which includes new service at South Tacoma Station. A dedication ceremony…
BNSF touts Bakken field capacity expansion
BNSF Railway said Tuesday it has increased capacity this year to enable the railroad to haul 1 million barrels of oil per day out of the Williston Basin in North…
BNSF slims down expected export coal surge
In travels through the Pacific Northwest last week, BNSF Chairman and CEO Matthew Rose sought to ease concerns of cities and other interests in Washington and Oregon that an expected increase in…
Maximizing productivity in “the heart of coal”
The question facing the rail industry is not whether coal traffic will come back, but rather, when will it come back. When it does, the railroads will be ready, as…
Cold Train expands volume, reach, and fleet
Rail Logistics Tuesday said that due to "continued growth," the company's Cold Train service is expanding its Washington State-based refrigerated container fleet to 300 state-of-the-art 53-foot containers (built by Hyundai),…
For RRV&W, a 25th anniversary
July 19, 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of Red River Valley & Western Railroad Co. (RRV&W), based in Wahpeton, N.D., the regional railroad announced Tuesday.
Court moves pricing suit against railroads ahead
Judge Paul L. Friedman of the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia has granted class certification to a lawsuit in which eight shippers allege that BNSF Railway, Union Pacific,…
BNSF honors hazmat shippers for safe transport
BNSF Railway announced that it has presented 98 customers with the railroad's 15th Annual Product Stewardship Award for the safe transportation of hazardous materials by rail during 2011.
TIGER IV grants offer modest rail money
The federal government Wednesday announced its distribution of TIGER IV (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) discretionary grants. While many "rail-related" projects were identified, some of those deal more with adjacent…
BNSF unit trains to serve new frac sand facility
U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. announced Monday that it has formed "an innovative alliance with BNSF Railway to build a new silica sand storage facility in San Antonio, Tex., that will support the…
NS creates "Protect the Line" security program
Norfolk Southern is inviting "everyone with a stake in rail operations—communities, businesses, and informed observers such as rail fans"—to join its new online security program, "Protect the Line."
Schneider National extends BNSF Railway pact
Green Bay, Wis.-based Schneider National, Inc., on Wednesday said it has signed a new, multiyear agreement with BNSF, under which the Class I railroad will continue to serve as one…
BNSF 1Q earnings rise despite “traumatized” coal markets
Berkshire Hathaway reported at its annual meeting that first-quarter earnings included $701 million from BNSF Railway compared with $607 million in the year-earlier quarter, as rising shipments of manufactured foods made…
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