National Steel Car Exonerated in NS Derailment, Investigation Closed (Updated Oct. 18 with additional NTSB Information)

Train consist makeup, not defective wheelsets, caused the March 4, 2023 derailment of a Norfolk Southern train in Springfield, Ohio. The Association of American Railroads (AAR) on April 14 cancelled EI (Equipment

AAR: U.S. Intermodal Up, Carloads Down in Week 41

For the week ending Oct. 14, 2023 (Week 41), total U.S. rail traffic was 492,781 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.5% from the prior-year period, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported Oct. 18. It is the fifth consecutive week of gains for intermodal units while carloads took a dip.

SIR Receives First R211S Cars

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on Oct. 18 rolled out a five-car set of “standard” (non-open-gangway) Kawasaki R211S rapid transit cars for service on MTA Staten Island Railway (SIR) beginning

Patrick Whitehead, Executive Vice-President and Chief Networking Operating Officer, CN (left); and Derek Taylor, Executive Vice-President and Chief Field Operating Officer, CN (right).

Whitehead, Taylor to Succeed Harris at CN

CN on Oct. 18 announced the appointment of Patrick Whitehead as Executive Vice-President and Chief Networking Operating Officer and the appointment of Derek Taylor as Executive Vice-President and Chief Field Operating Officer, effective Nov. 15. Whitehead and Taylor will succeed Ed Harris, who will take on a consultant role until March 30, 2024, to “ensure a seamless transition.”

Cara Chell, diesel mechanic, is photographed in the Winnipeg CP service yard April 17, 2019.

RAC Announces Scholarship Recipients

The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) on Oct. 15 announced the first scholarship recipients from the proceeds of its Women in Rail 2023 conference, which took place in June.


NEARS Report: ‘The Seidl & Hatch Show’

Jim Blaze reporting on the NEARS (Northeast Association of Rail Shippers) Fall Conference: ABH Consulting independent analyst Tony Hatch and TD Cowen Managing Director/Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor Jason Seidl have


NEARS Report: How FTR Sees the Market

Jim Blaze reporting on the NEARS (Northeast Association of Rail Shippers) Fall 2023 Conference: FTR Transportation Intelligence Vice President Rail and Intermodal Todd Tranausky and his colleagues conduct high-quality research. They are one


NEARS Report: Oberman’s Regulatory Views

Jim Blaze reporting from Portland, Me., NEARS: STB Chairman Marty Oberman delivered an interpretation that suggests his independent members are still awaiting insight from the private “Big Six” as to reciprocal switching

BLET Presses FRA for Emergency Order on ‘Excessive’ Train Length (UPDATED)

Citing numerous recent accidents caused in part by “excessively long” trains, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) is urging the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to issue an Emergency Order establishing

CPKC (William C. Vantuono Photograph)

CPKC Releases First Merger Oversight Report

In accordance with the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Oversight Decision No. 1, Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) on Oct. 15 provided its initial data submission related to service, operations and competition—a requirement