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.
Metra announced a record-breaking capital investment over the next five years. The financial boost comes with no increase in train fares.
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.
The Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) plans to implement a new Passenger Information Management System (PIMS) with the help of the ARINC rail solutions team at Collins Aerospace Systems, a business unit of United Technologies Corp.
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.”
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.
Out of a remote location in a corner of New England comes an interesting operations research view of what Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR) is, and is not. Peter Swan, a Ph.D rail and logistics expert from the Penn State School of Business Administration, spoke Oct. 3 at the NEARS (Northeast Association of Rail Shippers) Fall 2019 Conference in Burlington, Vt.
Congressman Greg Pence (R-Indiana) joined the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) and its member Midwest Mole to tour the latter’s headquarters in Greenfield, Ind.