NRE acquires HK Engine Components, LLC

NRE Hagerstown, an affiliate of NRE, on April 15, 2016 announced that it has finalized the acquisition of the assets of HK Engine Components, LLC (HKEC), a Hagerstown, Md.-based manufacturer and remanufacturer of EMD-style 710, 645 and 567 engine power assemblies used in the railroad and marine markets. The acquisition of HKEC will enable NRE to significantly expand customer options for engine solutions for the global market.

BNSF honors 109 shippers for excellence in product safety

BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) on April 19, 2016 honored 109 shippers with the railroad’s 19th Annual Product Stewardship Award for the safe transportation of hazardous materials by rail during 2015.

Trackmobile presents awards for distributor excellence

Trackmobile presented its top four performing distributors with Awards of Excellence for 2015 during its annual Specialist Meeting and Awards Banquet. Recognizing its top performing distributors’ accomplishments, these awards honor Trackmobile distributors that have demonstrated outstanding leadership, professionalism, and continue to guide their customers to the highest level of performance in railway material handling.

KCS first-quarter OR drops below 70%

Kansas City Southern (KCS) on April 19, 2016 reported a first quarter 2016 operating ratio of 66.6%, a 2.3-point improvement from 70.5% in first-quarter 2015. KCS also reported first-quarter 2016 revenues of $563 million, a decrease of 7% from first-quarter 2015.

GATX, Amtrak host railcar safety training sessions

GATX Corporation, in partnership with Amtrak and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, hosted railcar safety training sessions using its TankTrainer™ and Classroom Boxcar at Union Station in Washington, D.C. from April 12-15, 2016.

Reading and Northern wins ASLRRA Marketing Award

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) on April 6, 2016 awarded Reading and Northern Railroad the industry’s highest award for marketing achievement. This is the third time Reading & Northern has won this prestigious award in the last six years. Dennis Shaffer, Vice President Business Development, accepted the award at the annual ASLRRA ceremony held in Washington D.C.

BNSF announces annual Employees of the Year Awards

BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) recently recognized a special group of employees for their outstanding achievements in 2015 at an awards ceremony in Fort Worth, Tex. The annual Employees of the Year program is designed to recognize employees who demonstrate BNSF’s vision and values through their commitment, leadership and focus on working safely and efficiently to meet customer expectations. Their achievements positively impact BNSF customers, fellow employees, owners and the communities served by BNSF.

CSX replies in STB investigation of Amtrak on-time performance

In a letter to the Surface Transportation Board filed April 13, 2016, CSX contends that “giving Amtrak trains absolute priority over the old RF&P (Washington-Richmond right-of-way) upends commuter train operations, drastically limits the number of available slots for freight trains, and likely results in congestion on tracks and in yards that would ripple through the network.”

ZTR Control Systems transforms the axle generator

During the lifetime of a locomotive, an axle generator can be replaced time and time again. Debris that chips away at, and eventually shakes the unit loose, can cause unplanned downtime and replacement costs. ZTR Control Systems, LLC says its Axle Gen not only has a new slim line but allows for eight individual outputs in one small but robust unit. These outputs feature selectable voltage levels and provide enhanced precision.

Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad, JRA earn marketing award for clean coal project

The Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad, part of the North Shore Railroad group recently received the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) 2016 marketing award with the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad at the Association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.