Class I


STB + FRA = The Odd Couple

STB Chairman Marty Oberman and Federal Railroad Administrator Amit Bose are definitely sharing credits on Capitol Hill in an odd soap opera, the likes of which I’ve never seen in all my

FRA Issues Tech Reports, Research Results

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently released three technical reports and a research results report covering communications and train control, rolling stock, and automation, which the agency’s Office of Research, Development & Technology (RD&T) is studying with its partners to help improve rail safety.


Smokehouse Creek Fire Smokes BNSF

While it’s still technically winter, that hasn’t stopped the largest wildfire in Texas history raging in the panhandle, northeast of Amarillo. There aren’t many people living in this part of the world,

“The 2023 cargo volumes [at the Ports of Indiana] were even more impressive considering some of the major challenges facing our industry this past year with low water levels and lock closure,” Ports of Indiana CEO Jody Peacock said on Feb. 28. (Ports of Indiana Photograph)

Intermodal Briefs: Ports of Indiana, UP/Port Houston

The Ports of Indiana’s 2023 tonnage was the second highest in its 63-year history. Also, Union Pacific’s (UP) Port Houston-based on-dock rail service is now connecting two additional inland markets; and Port Houston’s container volumes are on the rise.

“When a rail incident occurs, seconds count,” NS Vice President Safety John Fleps said. “Through our partnership with RapidSOS, 911 call centers and first responder agencies throughout our 22-state network will have faster access to the information they need to safeguard their response, save lives and protect the communities in which we operate.” (NS Photograph)

Class I Briefs: NS, CPKC, UP

Norfolk Southern (NS) and RapidSOS debut their rail safety platform for first responders. Also, Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) selects Rob Cikor as its Railroader of the Year; and Union Pacific’s (UP) Kenny Rocker joins the National Association of Manufacturers’ Board of Directors.


NS and Ancora: What is the Oracle’s View?

I have been interested reading the commentary on Ancora’s attempted takeover of Norfolk Southern (NS). I do not have a dog in this fight and am just a spectator sitting in the

From Left to Right: R.J. Corman Railroad Services VP Mark Boyle; Dan Blair, Executive Director of TriMet's Transit Systems and Asset Support Division; and John Weston, Executive Director of TriMet's Maintenance Operations.
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People News: Michael Baker International, R.J. Corman, TriMet, CABT, NS

Michael Baker International strengthens its Rail and Transit team. Also, R.J. Corman Railroad Services Vice President Mark Boyle is appointed to the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA); TriMet names two new members to its executive leadership team; Emily DeLuca is named as the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks’ (CABT) new Director of Advocacy; and Norfolk Southern (NS) announces leadership changes within its Marketing division.