Leadership changes at MRL

After 31 years of service, Montana Rail Link President Tom Walsh is retiring, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Vice President Operations Stacy Posey will succeed Walsh.

PTC Political Circus, Act (fill in the blank)

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Railroad Subcommittee has scheduled yet another pointless, time-consuming “status review” hearing on PTC. The people actually doing the implementation work—railroads, suppliers, consultants, FRA—get to spend another day getting peppered with pointless questions from clueless politicians who obviously don’t bother reading reports or doing basic research, and delight in wasting valuable people’s valuable time to prop up their huge egos and give the appearance of actually doing something useful.

For UP, 1,000 (or more) new reefers

Union Pacific will be acquiring 1,000 new high-tech refrigerated boxcars and may increase that number to 1,600, if needed, according to UP Vice President and General Manager Agricultural Products Marketing Brad Thrasher.

Introducing www.railwaywomen.org

The League of Railway Women (LRW) has launched its new website, www.railwaywomen.org, commensurate with it official name change from the “League of Railway Industry Women.”

Cowen: Railcars “robust,” locos “rebounding”

Inquiries and orders for new railcars remain robust, with strength in tank cars, intermodal equipment, box cars and steel gondolas, and the locomotive new-build market appears set for a gradual rebound, report Cowen and Co. Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor Jason Seidl, and Cowen Vice President Matt Elkott from the firm’s annual Transportation Conference. “This reinforces our confidence in our 3Q18 forecast of 20,500 units in industry orders,” they said. CBR (crude by rail) could enjoy relative strength through 2022. We continue to favor Wabtec, Trinity, Greenbrier, and ARI.”

CSX overhauling intermodal; UP customers affected

The peak season for intermodal traffic is fast approaching, and CSX in late July announced numerous changes to interline service, in particular, those affecting Union Pacific customers with eastbound shipments. The changes are in effect as of Sept. 17, 2018.

KCS, for the long haul (and Christmas, too)

Kansas City Southern’s 2017 sustainability report, “For the Long Haul: Delivering Prosperity, Valuing People, Protecting the Planet,” was created “to clearly communicate why our sustainability priorities are important to our business,” according to President and CEO Patrick J. Ottensmeyer.

Trade worries shadow rail freight gains

Another month, another milestone for surging North American rail freight with one caveat – ongoing uncertainty over U.S. trade policy.

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New Canada grain mega-terminal opens on Canadian Pacific line

Canadian Pacific Railway will provide service for a new, mammoth grain terminal in Alberta province.

CN adds 60 locos to GE order

CN has added 60 units to its initial 200-unit order of GE Transportation Tier 4 Evolution™ Series locomotives placed in December 2017. All the CN locomotives are being produced at the GE Manufacturing Solutions facility in Fort Worth, Tex.