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UP 4141 honors President George H.W. Bush

Union Pacific on Dec. 6 will participate in the funeral procession for President George H.W. Bush with a special funeral train powered by SD70ACe 4141, whose paint scheme honors the 41st U.S. President. The train will leave UP’s Westfield Auto Facility at 1:00 p.m. and is scheduled to arrive at College Station, Tex. at Bush’s final resting place at his Presidential Library, across from Kyle Field at 3:25 p.m.

Alberta government says tank car order imminent

In a move that it says will increase demand and pricing for Alberta’s tar sands bitumen, the provincial government has affirmed that it will imminently sign orders for two unit-train’s worth of oil tank cars. The deal will be signed by year-end, Premier Rachel Notley declared Nov. 28. The carbuilder was not disclosed.

Hours of Service: Where we’ve been; where we need to be

Work exhaustion and lack of effectiveness to properly carry out job functions to the highest standards put people at risk on a railroad. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) makes it a strong priority to know when employees are on the clock working on the movement or function of a train and when they are not. These regulations and time tracking fall into the Hours of Service (HOS) law. They must be met within FRA standards; railroads face fines and penalties if they aren’t met.