AAR to STB: RETAC Retrograde

The Association of American Railroads is not happy with the tone of some of the conversation at the April 26 Surface Transportation Board Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee (RETAC) Spring Meeting, complaining

(CN Screen Capture from the UN Vision 2045 Documentary Film Series)

Watch: CN in UN Vision 2045 Documentary Series

CN is part of a documentary film series that recognizes the United Nation’s 100th anniversary in 2045 and aims “to inspire businesses and people to take collective action to ensure a better future for all.”

Jim Creel, a third-generation railroader, works out of Bailey Yard in North Platte, Nebraska.

‘Always Positive’ Creel Enjoys 50-Plus Years of Locomotive Cab Views

After more than 50 years, Conductor Jim Creel still enjoys seeing different towns, landscapes and seasons through the black-framed windshield of a Union Pacific locomotive.

Alan Shaw at NARS: “We Can Do Better”

Norfolk Southern President and CEO Alan Shaw addressed the North American Rail Shippers conference May 26, where he “outlined the progress that Norfolk Southern continues to make in East Palestine [and] also discussed the company’s efforts to provide safe, reliable service as a customer-centric, operations-driven organization.”

FRA Awards $570MM for Grade Crossing Elimination Projects

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on June 5 reported that 63 projects will share more than $570 million in Railroad Crossing Elimination Grant Program funding to address safety at 400-plus at-grade crossings

Amtrak, NS Ratify Agreements With Unions

Following a year and a half of successful negotiations, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 19 has ratified an agreement with Amtrak. Meanwhile, members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers-Transportation Division (SMART-TD), represented by General Committees of Adjustment GO-898, GO-687 and GO-680, have voted to ratify their tentative agreement with Norfolk Southern (NS). Also, SMART-TD and NS reach yardmaster sick leave deal.

Pictured, left to right: Dana Salloum, Alstom; Lee Caragiale and Mike Washington, HDR; and Michael Coleman, International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers.

People News: Alstom, HDR, SMART

Alstom elevates Dana Salloum to Chief Communications Officer. Also, HDR adds Lee Caragiale and Mike Washington to its Transportation Equity and Environmental Justice team; and the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) elects Michael Coleman as General President.

CPKC Readies The Empress for Transnational Tour

Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) predecessor railroad Canadian Pacific has been “lifting” steam locomotives for 110 years. Today, working in the same location CP railroaders did in 1913, crews at the historic

Millerbernd Manufacturing, which has produced rings and cylinders for 90 years, intends to manufacture flanges, nozzles, protective housings and fitting plates for tank cars at its Winsted, Minn., facility (pictured).

Supply Side: Millerbernd Manufacturing Company, Siemens Mobility, Zephyr Rail

Winsted, Minn.-based Millerbernd Manufacturing Company receives Association of American Railroads’ (AAR) certification for tank car components. Also, Siemens Mobility acquires Italian software firm Optrail S.r.l.; and Zephyr Rail earns a spot on Zweig Group’s list of best AEI (architecture, engineering and construction) firms to work for.

OmniTRAX and the Short Line Safety Institute partnered to host local response teams on the Panhandle Northern Railroad. (OmniTRAX Photograph)

OmniTRAX Teams With SLSI for Emergency Response Training

OmniTRAX affiliate Panhandle Northern Railway (PNR) and the Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI) recently held a two-day railroad emergency response training in Borger, Tex., that combined a classroom-based emergency preparedness, reporting and response exercise with a simulated drill for first responders and railroad staff.