Railway Age’s January 2022 issue is now available digitally. It features a cover profile of Canadian Pacific President and CEO Keith Creel and Kansas City Southern President and CEO Patrick J. Ottensmeyer—the recipients of Railway Age’s 2022 Railroader of the Year Award, the 59th annual.
These two “exemplary and visionary” leaders, writes Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono, “are reconfiguring the North American rail landscape by completing, if all goes as planned, what will be the first Class I merger in more than 20 years, and creating North America’s first transnational freight railroad, Canadian Pacific Kansas City, or CPKC.”
“CPKC is a landmark combination that will enable seamless, single-line freight rail service linking Canada, the United States and Mexico, opening up new opportunities for rail market share growth and vastly improved customer service,” Vantuono explains. “Merging these two iconic railroads, each with a unique history and legacy, required strategic planning, cooperation, enthusiasm and execution.”
Railway Age previously named Ottensmeyer Railroader of the Year in 2020 and Creel Railroader of the Year in 2021.
Other issue highlights:
• 2022 Passenger Rail Outlook: Amtrak’s plans for leveraging the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to modernize and expand service are “more than a wish list.”
• Metal Fatigue: Dangerous fatigue cracks develop in sound steel. Gary T. Fry, Ph.D., P.E., Vice President, Fry Technical Services, Inc., explains how.
• ACWDS Implementation: Transportation Technology Center, Inc., covers how the Automated Cracked Wheel Detector System safely detects wheels with internal defects, without interrupting revenue service.
And Railway Age Financial Editor David Nahass addresses technology and the future of North American rail—from PTC to the Greenbrier-U.S. Steel-Norfolk Southern partnership to build a mill gondola out of a steel alloy that can reduce empty car weight by 15,000 pounds.