“The new name—Pioneer Lines—reflects the modernization of the company and our efforts to broaden our business objectives,” CEO Alex Yeros said.

New Name for Pioneer

As Denver, Colo.-based short line holding company Pioneer Railcorp celebrates 35 years of business, it has unveiled a new logo and name: Pioneer Lines.

While first-quarter 2021 railcar orders of 6,227 were up 83% from fourth-quarter 2020’s 3,397, they “still remain below pre-pandemic levels, which averaged at about 9,300 railcars per quarter in 2019,” according to ARCI.

ARCI 1Q21: Railcar Orders on the Rebound?

First-quarter 2021 freight car reporting statistics from the Railway Supply Institute’s (RSI) American Railway Car Institute Committee (ARCI) show that, sequentially, orders grew, and deliveries and backlog were largely unchanged.

Savage Debuts Tooele Railport, Utah

Utah-based global transportation and logistics company Savage has opened Savage Railport in Tooele, Utah, described as “a multi-commodity transload facility strategically located to serve Salt Lake City and surrounding markets.”

The Refugio Transload Terminal can accommodate 650 railcars, and offers eight 2,000-ton concrete silos with conveyer systems for handling bulk commodities, with the option to transload from rail to silo to truck, in any combination.

For Watco, New Texas Terminal

Watco is now offering a 222-acre transloading facility near Refugio, Tex., to support the bulk, chemicals, oil and gas, wind energy, agriculture, and steel industries.

Now On Line: Railway Age’s May Digital Edition

The May 2021 issue of Railway Age is available digitally, covering topics from carbon neutrality and cybersecurity to the rebirth of streetcars, and showcasing the honorees of our second-annual Readers’ Influential Leaders poll.

BRC is using a new cloud-based crew management system from PS Technology to automate record-keeping and scheduling processes.

Supply Side: PS Technology, Wabtec, Senceive, Bentley

The Belt Railway Company of Chicago (BRC) has selected PS Technology’s (PST) crew management system; Wabtec Corp. will supply Alstom with advanced brake systems and other components for new trains in India; Canadian industrial technology group Eddyfi/NDT has acquired London-based Senceive Ltd.; and Bentley Systems, Inc., an infrastructure engineering software company, has established an education program and is purchasing two software providers.

Karen Carriere as Executive Director of Technical Services, TTCI; Jim Raffa, head of market development, RBMN

High Profile: TTCI, Reading & Northern

The Transportation Technology Center, Inc., (TTCI) has appointed Karen Carriere as Executive Director of Technical Services; Reading & Northern (RBMN) welcomes back Jim Raffa, who will be charged with market development.

CN + KCS Proposal: Stakeholders Speak Out (UPDATED)

Customers and other stakeholders are voicing support as well as concerns to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) about CN’s proposed combination with Kansas City Southern (KCS), according to simultaneous press releases from CN and Canadian Pacific.

CN COO Rob Reilly (left) and President and CEO JJ Ruest

CN Letter: Execs Address KCS Community, ‘Set Record Straight’

The letters continue! CN President and CEO JJ Ruest and COO Rob Reilly issued an open letter to the Kansas City Southern (KCS) community on May 3, regarding the railroad’s “superior proposal”

People News: Keolis Group, WSP USA, STV, Operation Lifesaver

Keolis Group makes Executive Committee appointments; WSP USA National Transit and Rail Leader receives Woman of the Year Award from the Northeast Florida Chapter of WTS International (WTSI); STV appoints Vice President; Operation Lifesaver, Inc., (OLI) announces new members of the Board of Directors and National Advisory Council.