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Aurizon to Test Diesel Locomotive Battery Tender

Australia’s largest rail freight operator, Aurizon, will develop and test a 1.8MWh battery-electric tender (BET) to power a standard diesel-electric locomotive in a hybrid diesel-battery configuration. Project partner Alta Battery Technology will

CN may continue work on its Milton intermodal terminal, which will include a rail yard with more than 12 miles of track, pending a decision by the Canadian Federal Appeal Court. It is being built in “a provincially designated significant employment zone,” on 400 of the 1,000 acres of land owned by CN east of Tremaine Road and south of Britannia Road in Milton, and adjacent to CN’s Halton Subdivision. (Screen-grab of CN video)

Class I Briefs: CN, UP

A Canadian federal judge is allowing, for now, continued construction of CN’s C$250 million Milton, Ontario, intermodal terminal. Also, Union Pacific (UP) earns 2023 Toyota Logistics Services awards.

Watch: Shaw Addresses NS Employees

Following the May 9 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Norfolk Southern President and CEO Alan Shaw shared his thoughts with employees “on the path forward for our railroad,” NS said. “With shareholders expressing

STB: RSTAC Nominations Welcome

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is seeking nominations to fill a small-railroad representative vacancy on its Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council (RSTAC).

G&W Marks 125 Years

On May 9, Genesee & Wyoming marked its 125th anniversary at the Rochester & Southern, where the global Class II and Class III railroad conglomerate got its start in 1899. G&W unveiled

MGRC Assumes NHDOT Line Operation

Class III Merrimack & Grafton Railroad Corp. (MGRC), a subsidiary of Trans Rail Holding Co., has entered into an operating agreement with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) to assume common-carrier

As Oberman Steps Down, Primus Moves Up (UPDATED, 5/13)

As Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairman Martin J. Oberman’s retirement took effect May 10, the Board reported that President Joseph R. Biden Jr. intended to designate Board Member Robert E. Primus as the next STB Chairman. The STB chairmanship does not require Senate confirmation; the agency lists Primus as Chair on its website.

ES44AC 9375 First in CPKC Livery

The first road locomotive in Canadian Pacific Kansas City’s employee-selected livery is Wabtec ES44AC No. 9375. She’ll be displayed May 18 at Kansas City Union Station 4-6-4 No. 2816, The Empress, during

Transit Briefs: MBTA, SMART

The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) secures a contract that raises wages for its Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail workers in Boston. Also, Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) releases its Fiscal Year 2024 budget.

New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials on May 10 celebrated the completion of the Harmon Yard “mega-project.” (Photo Credit: Emily Moser / Metro-North Railroad)

Watch: MNR Completes Harmon Shop Upgrades

MTA Metro-North Railroad (MNR) on May 10 reported completing a 23-year, five-phase upgrade project at its Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.-based maintenance and operations hub, which employs 1,200 people. With the opening of the 400,000

From left to right: Greg Hampson, Ben Hampson and Bill Hampson holding Ben’s son, Thad. (Caption and Photograph Courtesy of BNSF)
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BNSF: Hampson Family’s Enduring Mark of Safety, Resilience, Dedication

Ben Hampson’s family connection to the railroad runs deep. On his maternal side, his great-great-grandfather, Joseph Martinz, and great-grandfather Jack Martinz worked for Northern Pacific Railway (NP) in the early 1900s. Meanwhile, the paternal legacy took root in 1942 when Dan Hampson, driven by unfavorable farming circumstances and the inviting promises of railway employment, moved his family from North Dakota to Montana.

Class I Briefs: CN, CPKC

CN pledges $10 million to support natural disaster relief efforts. Also, CN and Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) continue negotiations with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC).

NYS Comptroller: MTA Capex ‘Faces Growing Risks’

A New York State Comptroller Report, Annual Update: Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Debt Profile (download below), says that the nation’s largest public transportation agency’s capital program for maintaining and upgrading the regional transit

The “half-mile stretch of railway” that SMC Global said it purchased in the Fairfax District of Kansas City runs directly behind its production location. (SMC Global Photograph)

SMC Global Eyes Kansas City Rail Service

Chemical products manufacturer and distributor SMC Global on May 9 reported acquiring property from Union Pacific (UP) to allow for future rail service to its Kansas City, Kans., production location. The “half-mile

The goal of removing from service WMATA’s aging 2000-series rapid transit cars is to leave “a more reliable fleet of newer vehicles” that will result in “fewer offloads and delays,” the agency reported May 9. (WMATA Photograph)

Transit Briefs: WMATA, SCVTA, Québec

Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) is officially retiring its 1980s-era equipment from Italian firm Breda (now Hitachi Rail Italy). Also, the 2024 federal budget allocates $500 million to Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s (SCVTA) BART Silicon Valley Extension Project in California; a new public transit development agency is eyed for Québec; and more transit-oriented development (TOD) is planned for Montréal.