Wabtec Corp. recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, as well as the grand opening of its new headquarters in Pittsburgh.
Pacific Harbor Line (PHL) recently released a video showcasing its “commitment to its critical role in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as the first and last mile of the global economy.”
R. J. Corman Switching Company, LLC was awarded a contract to be the switching and transloading provider for the 137-acre multi-modal Hempstead Logistics Park owned by McAlister Assets and operated by RCR Rail Co. The Union Pacific-served logistics park is in Hempstead, Texas, approximately 50 miles northwest of Houston, Texas.
According to Cowen and Company freight transportation analysts Jason Seidl (Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor), Matt Elkott and Adam Kramer, inquiries about new railcars appear to have risen slightly in the past month, while locomotive modernizations should remain solid, in the midst of a continuing weak new-build market. Industry-wide Precision Scheduled Railroading implementation has not been tested in a volume growth environment.
RAILWAY AGE at RAILWAY INTERCHANGE 2019: Knox Kershaw Inc. debuted an all-new ballast regulator, the KBR-925. Marketing Manager Courtney Kershaw describes the machine’s numerous features and improvements, among them a touch-screen-operated control system, to Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono.
Railway Interchange 2019, the largest Rail Industry Conference and Exhibition in North America, is in the books. Each year the event, which was held at the Minneapolis Convention Center Sept. 21-25, aims to serve as the one-stop for innovation in rail technology and education.
Brian Cunkelman was recently added to Strato, Inc.’s executive management team as Vice President of Engineering, which was previously held by Larry Hixon, who retired earlier this year after 15 years with Strato.
Railcar demand appears to be holding up at the modest levels seen in second-quarter 2019, “despite continued rail traffic declines and ongoing PSR implementation,” according to a Cowen and Company’s third-quarter shipper survey. “Barring a recession, orders are unlikely to fall below replacement demand of about 10,000-12,000 units/quarter for the balance of the year.”
After attending the North East Association of Rail Shippers (NEARS) Fall Conference in Burlington, Vt., Cowen and Company Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor Jason Seidl “came away with the view that while economic growth is sluggish, most do not expect a full-blown recession. In addition, several railroad executives admitted that the rails need to do a better job marketing to and servicing their customers. It was clear that Class I’s, short lines, and shippers need to do a better job of working together if rail wants to take share from the trucking space in the future.”
Twin State Environmental has opened Raptor® Tank Cleaning Services, a railcar cleaning facility for tank cars and hopper cars located in Durant, Iowa, on the Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) with connections to all U.S. Class I carriers.