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Atlanta-based TÜV Rheinland Rail Sciences, Inc. says it has upgraded and moved its Omaha testing and metallurgical analysis laboratory to a new facility in nearby La Vista, Neb., about 12 miles southeast

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AREMA warns of show guide scam

AREMA, the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association, has posted an alert on its home page, warning of a scam involving Railway Interchange 2011. AREMA is participating in the event, set for

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Ceremony marks CSX yard expansion

A groundbreaking ceremony Monday marked the start of a $100 million expansion of a CSX freight yard in Worcester, Mass. Gov. Deval L. Patrick and Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray joined state

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Work starts on key Crescent Corridor terminal

Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley participated Monday in the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new, $97.5 million Birmingham Regional Intermodal Facility in McCalla, Ala., part of the

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DOT urges U.S. steel production for streetcars

Led by Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari, the Department of Transportation on Monday hosted a roundtable discussion in Washington with transportation, manufacturing, and steel industry leaders to discuss a plan for

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Rail thieves strike twice in New England

Metal theft has occurred in recent days in Portsmouth, R.I., and in Taunton, Mass., involving two railroad rights-of-way in New England. Last Wednesday, June 1, a CSX engine, en route to a

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Bombardier touts Delhi Metro efficiency

Bombardier Transportation said Monday its technology offerings are helping India’s Delhi Metro Rail Corp. (DMRC) to become the first railway project in the world to receive valuable carbon credits for regenerative braking.

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Thomas C. Shedd, 1918-2011

Thomas C. Shedd, editor of Modern Railroads from 1959 to 1983, died June 2 on his 93rd birthday. Shedd played a major role in making Modern Railroads a highly respected chronicler of

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AAR names Knight to gov’t affairs post

The Association of American Railroads Friday said Laurie Knight will join the association as senior vice president of Government Affairs, effective July 25. Ms. Knight will succeed Hubert “Obie” O’Bannon, who will

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UTU negotiates

A 17% pay increase is part of the new five-year national rail agreement negotiated between the United Transportation Union and the National Carriers’ Conference Committee. NCC represents 38,000 members on BNSF, CSX,

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Robert J. Halperin, 77

Robert J. "Bob" Halperin, age 77, of Erie, Pa., died Saturday, May 28, at the VA Medical Center in Erie. Halperin was vice president of Ambler, Pa.-based LTK and was a renowned

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U.S. freight carload traffic holds firm: AAR

U.S. freight carload traffic for the week ending May 28, 2011 edged up 0.7%, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. Intermodal volume for the week did even better, up 4.2% compared

Ontario regional council spurns LRT referendum

Ontario province’s Waterloo-Kitchener-Cambridge Regional Council on June 2 voted 7-3 not to reopen the debate on its regional transportation plan via a referendum, despite calls for such a move by some municipal officials, led by Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran.

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CSX launches community service project

CSX Corp. said Thursday it has begun an eight-month-long community service project, entitled Beyond Our Rails: Project Sanctuary (www.beyondourrails.org), that infuses five days of management training between now and February 2012 with

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Rail accidents/incidents down 10% in 1Q

This year’s first quarter saw continued overall improvement in railroad safety, with the total number of accidents/incidents down 10.1% compared with the first quarter of last year. Train accidents declined 5.3% to

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Wabtec forms new joint venture in China

Wabtec Corp. announced Tuesday that it has formed a joint venture with Zhuzhou CSR Times Electric Co., Ltd., to manufacture and service brake equipment for Chinese transit systems. Prior to forming the

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New name for MTU Detroit Diesel

Tognum America, Inc. made its debut Wednesday, June 1, as the new moniker supplanting MTU Detroit Diesel, Inc. Tognum America is the North American subsidiary of Friedrichshafen, Germany-based Tognum AG, responsible for

2011 Guide to Equipment Leasing

The view from the top 

Before we move on to our CEO interviews, we thought it might be appropriate to reflect upon an event that has been reported in the financial press and that should be of interest to everyone reading this special issue: the potential sale of GE Railcar Services.