Pictured, left to right: Railway Association of Canada Board Chair Janet Drysdale (CN Photograph); HNTB’s Jeff Watson (HNTB Photograph); and HNTB’s Dominic Spaethling (HNTB Photograph).

People News: RAC, HNTB/WTS

Railway Association of Canada (RAC) appoints Janet Drysdale of CN as Board Chair, succeeding Jeffrey J. Ellis of Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC). Also, HNTB’s Jeff Watson earns the WTS Man of the Year Award, and WTS Utah names HNTB the Employer of the Year.

Mike Schwark (Photograph Courtesy of Mike Schwark)

CN-IANR Merger Proposal: ‘Value Add’ for Ag

To be competitive and profitable, agricultural producers across the country are focusing on their cost of production, managing margins, and being forward-thinking on their grain and livestock marketing. In Iowa, and most any state, a piece to the puzzle that literally links all of these is rail. 

People News: NS, AITX, CN

Norfolk Southern (NS) names Claude Mongeau Chair of the Board of Directors. Also, American Industrial Transport, Inc. (AITX) promotes Ed Kaminski and Jerry Finan to Senior Vice Presidents of Commercial Leasing; and CN announces Cassandra Mullee as its new Vice-President, Network Operations.

CN Receiving Next-Gen Ore Jennies (UPDATED 5/23)

CN is taking delivery on 600 new 1,150-cubic-foot iron ore hopper cars, colloquially called “jennies,” from FreightCar America. The new equipment, described as “a significant upgrade to CN’s fleet,” incorporates materials from

(Photographs Courtesy of CN, left, and CPKC, right)

Canadian Class I’s, TCRC Bargaining Update

Separate negotiations with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) have been under way for CN and Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC), with the assistance of federal conciliators, the Canadian Class I’s reported May 16. CPKC on May 22 provided an update: “Regrettably, and despite our best efforts, no progress was made” on May 15 and May 21, and “[a]dditional bargaining dates have not been scheduled at this time.”

ITS Logistics U.S. Port/Rail Ramp Freight Index for May 2024. (Image Courtesy of ITS Logistics)

ITS Logistics Issues May Port/Rail Ramp Index

ITS Logistics on May 16 reported that “as demand shifts are spreading along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard to absorb Baltimore cargo,” Norfolk is finding “significant rate increases in dray and container storage

Hon. Perrin Beatty, PC, OC, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (left), presented the Canadian Business Leader of the Year award to CN President and CEO Tracy Robinson. (CN Photograph)

Class I Briefs: CN, NS, UP

CN President and CEO Tracy Robinson earns the Canadian Business Leader of the Year award. Meanwhile, the Canadian Class I unveils a transload facility in Michigan and announces the ratification of a new collective agreement for Unifor-affiliated CNTL drivers. Also, Norfolk Southern (NS) and its CREATE Program partners mark their five-year commitment to STEM education in Chicago; and Union Pacific (UP) ranks on Fair360’s list of top companies for workplace fairness.

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.

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).