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Politics Pre-empting East Palestine

FROM THE EDITOR, RAILWAY AGE, MARCH 2023 ISSUE: We interrupt this special report on the National Transportation Safety Board’s ongoing investigation into Norfolk Southern’s Feb. 3, 2023 derailment at East Palestine, Ohio,

Aerial photograph of derailment site, courtesy of the NTSB.

East Palestine: NTSB Examining Tank Car Hatch Covers

Following the completion of damage assessment inspections of the 11 Norfolk Southern (NS) hazardous materials (hazmat) tank cars, including the five carrying vinyl chloride, that derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, on Feb. 3, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says it is “concerned that aluminum protective housing covers on some tank cars melted or were consumed when pressure relief devices (PRDs) vented burning gas while functioning as designed to relieve tank pressure.”

CN’s SCIO platform was recognized by the Digital Engineering Awards in the Digital Transformation of the Year category. (CN via LinkedIn)

Class I Briefs: CSX, CN, NS

CSX upgrades its Positive Train Control (PTC) system. Also, CN’s SCIO platform is recognized by the Digital Engineering Awards in the Digital Transformation of the Year category; and Norfolk Southern (NS) grants $5 million to promote safety and build communities and begins construction on its East Palestine Field Office.

LyondellBasell has awarded UP for “safe, reliable service.” Representing the railroad at an awards presentation were Marty Russell, General Director-Sales, left, and Senior Managers-Train Operations Ryan Broeckelmann and Chad Toussaint, third and fourth from left. (UP Photograph)

Class I Briefs: NS, UP

Norfolk Southern (NS) holds an interim home Value Assurance Program (VAP) workshop for residents of East Palestine, Ohio, and hosts the Georgia Safe Driving Summit. Also, Union Pacific (UP) earns a safety award from Gulf Coast plastics customer LyondellBasell.

“I said from the beginning that Norfolk Southern would be here for the long haul and we will be here to see this community through,” NS CEO Alan Shaw told attendees of a Nov. 30 economic development roundtable discussion in East Palestine, Ohio. (NS Photograph)

Class I Briefs: CPKC, NS

Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) in November unloaded its first 8,500-foot grain train in the U.S. Also, Norfolk Southern (NS) late last month held a roundtable discussion in East Palestine, Ohio, with local officials, focusing on long-term economic opportunities for businesses and residents.

CSX held its inaugural TechExpo on Oct. 17.

Class I Briefs: CSX, NS

CSX hosts its first-ever TechExpo. Also, Norfolk Southern (NS) completes intensive phase of environmental remediation in East Palestine, Ohio, and hires minority-owned contractors for its 47th Street Intermodal Facility project.

NS Releases Annual ESG Report

Norfolk Southern (NS) on July 12 released its annual Environmental, Social, Governance report, highlighting the railroad’s “long-term strategy to balance service, productivity and growth; initiatives to enhance rail safety; and the company’s ongoing efforts in East Palestine, Ohio.”

Alan Shaw at NARS: “We Can Do Better”

Norfolk Southern President and CEO Alan Shaw addressed the North American Rail Shippers conference May 26, where he “outlined the progress that Norfolk Southern continues to make in East Palestine [and] also discussed the company’s efforts to provide safe, reliable service as a customer-centric, operations-driven organization.”

CN, headquartered in Montreal, Québec, has officially registered with the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) pursuant to An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec. (CN Photograph)

Class I Briefs: CN, CSX, KCS, NS

CN registers with the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) and is listed on CDP’s 2022 Supplier Engagement Leaderboard. Also, CSX updates its industrial site-selection program; UPS recognizes Kansas City Southern (KCS) for “zero controllable service failures”; Norfolk Southern (NS) donates $250,000 to an Ohio-based nonprofit delivering aid to the East Palestine community; and NS’s acquisition of Cincinnati Southern Railway stalls.

“We’re proud to support construction technology that helps communities build transit projects more quickly,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

USDOT Marks ‘Significant Progress’ on Key Rail Safety Reforms Following NS Ohio Derailment

Following the derailment of 11 Norfolk Southern (NS) hazardous materials (hazmat) tank cars in East Palestine, Ohio, on Feb. 3, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) says it is “marking significant early progress on its efforts to hold the rail industry accountable to work with Congress on key rail safety reforms that will improve safety for communities and rail workers in the long-term.”

Classes like this one held last year with more than 230 firefighters and first responders in Central Louisiana provide hands-on experience on real-life equipment like our training tank car. (Caption and Photograph Courtesy of UP)
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Safe Rail Transport of Chemicals Requires the Utmost Preparedness

The rail accident that occurred Feb. 3 in East Palestine, Ohio, has generated significant interest, curiosity and concern about hazardous materials being transported by rail. Our company, Union Pacific (UP), and all carriers and producers of hazardous materials are reflecting on how well they’re prepared to respond if a similar situation occurs.

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TD Cowen 1Q24 Earnings Preview

We adjust our models as we head into Q124 earnings–a slow start to the year due to harsh weather was followed with a rebound and U.S. carloadings turning positive YTD, led by

David C. Lester Photograph

NS Files Definitive Proxy Statement With SEC

Norfolk Southern (NS) announced that it has filed its definitive proxy materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and will hold its 2024 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 9. Shareholders

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Bearing Down on Bearings

The bearing related derailment that occurred in East Palestine Feb. 3, 2023 on a Norfolk Southern line was tragic in many ways. Following months of investigation, the NTSB held a hearing on