R. J. Corman finalizes acquisitions

R. J. Corman Railroad Company has finalized an agreement to acquire the Nashville & Eastern Railroad Corp. (NERR), Nashville & Western Railroad Corp. (NWR), Transit Solutions Group, a commuter rail operation, and three related operating entities.

DOT’s Chao calls on railroad industry to improve grade crossing safety

WASHINGTON – The Department of Transportation and Federal Railroad Administration are sounding an urgent warning about grade crossing safety, and asking the industry to collaborate on improvements.

R&N adds transload capacity

Reading & Northern Railroad, through its sister company Reading Railroad Transfer LLC, has acquired the former Penn Foster warehouse facility in Ransom, Lackawanna County, Pa.

What if Shasta blows its top?

To an industry that routinely faces the aftermath of flooding, mudslides, avalanches, hurricanes and even earthquakes, the concept of service disruption due to an erupting volcano seems almost unthinkable. But according to a recent study, and judging by the not-so-distant history of volcanoes in the U.S., some railroads are in fact quite vulnerable to such disasters, particularly in the Pacific Northwest.

Rail re-start for Port of Coos Bay

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay will restart rail operations on its renamed subsidiary, Coos Bay Rail Line, on port-owned rail November 1.

State, Wheeling & Lake Erie to upgrade Ohio crossing

A Midwest regional railroad is getting some assistance for grade crossing improvements in north-central Ohio.

Court derails Reading & Northern’s challenge of short line RFP

The Reading & Northern Railroad plans to appeal a ruling dismissing its challenge to bid on short line operating rights in central Pennsylvania.

Alberta tar sands lobby demands CBR nationalization

Even in this new world order, when profoundly held beliefs are cast aside according to the whims of political weather, the Oct. 24 call by the Canadian oil lobby for a government takeover of crude by rail (CBR) is a stunning abandonment of principle.

OmniTRAX forms energy logistics JV

Short line operator OmniTRAX announced a multimodal joint venture that will expand last-mile logistics services to the oil and gas industry.

AAR: Carloads, intermodal growth slows

If the latest commodity carload data are any indication, there could be uncertainty ahead for the U.S. economic rally.