Regional of the Year: Lake State Railway

Railway Age’s 2021 Regional Railroad of the Year is the Lake State Railway (LSRC), which won the Railway Age 2018 Short Line of the year award. During the presentation of that award, CEO John Rickoff ended his remarks by saying, “Now we need to come back and win it again as a regional railroad.” Here’s how LSRC achieved this goal, as told by Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Stickel.

Short Line of the Year: RJ Corman Memphis Line

Railway Age’s 2021 Short Line of the Year is the R. J. Corman Memphis Line (RJCM), the second short line acquired by the company’s late founder, Rick Corman. Here’s the railroad’s story, as told by Executive Vice President Commercial Affairs Justin Broyles.



RAILWAY AGE, NOVEMBER 2021 ISSUE: Railway Age’s Women in Rail awards recognize leaders for driving their businesses forward while making a difference in the industry and in their communities.

Metrolinx is the Ontario government agency that operates GO Transit, UP Express and PRESTO; it is heading subway, light rail and commuter rail expansion projects in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Metrolinx: ‘Making Transit More Equitable’

Canada’s Metrolinx is working to change the way transit planning is conducted—with an eye on equity, diversity and inclusion.

Hitachi Rail Debuts C&S Products, Services at RSSI

Hitachi Rail is launching four communications and signaling products and services at this week’s Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc. exhibition in Indianapolis, Ind.

Siemens: Focus on Rail Digitalization at RSSI

Siemens Mobility is introducing new highway/rail grade crossing and communication network technologies at the Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc. 2021 exhibition being held Sept. 21-24 in Indianapolis, Ind.

RCR Taylor Logistics Park in Taylor, Tex., launched in January with a grand opening ceremony in May. This 755-acre park offers transloading, manifest, unit train and storage with service from both UP and BNSF.

Women in Rail Spotlight: Hydie McAlister, Sharon Beach

From the seven North American Class I’s and more than 600 short lines and regionals to the ancillary rail industry, women are making their mark. Hydie McAlister of Hempstead, Tex.-based McAlister Assets is among them. With no prior experience in the rail business, she recognized an opportunity for Class I rail-served industrial parks in her home state while meeting with an investor in 2015. And now she’s developed two with her business partner Sharon Beach.

Travel and lifestyle host Abby Hornacek visits the Grand Canyon Railway on the first episode of PARK’D, which will air July 3 on FOX Nation.

New PARK’D Season Kicks Off With Grand Canyon Railway Visit

The fifth season of PARK’D debuts July 3, with travel and lifestyle host Abby Hornacek spotlighting “outdoor treasures” across the United States. The first of five episodes airing on FOX Nation explores the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

CN, KCS File for STB Voting Trust Approval

Proposed merger partners CN and Kansas City Southern (KCS) have filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) a renewed motion for voting trust approval, which includes a commitment to divest a 70-mile line overlap in Louisiana.

KCS to CN: Proposal Accepted. (But is it Final?)

CN and Kansas City Southern (KCS) on May 21 entered into a definitive merger agreement that, barring an unexpected twist, ends weeks of a tug of war between CN and Canadian Pacific.