Railway Age’s 2024 Short Line Railroad of the Year is Mississippi Export Railroad (MSE). (Chip Haffner Photograph, Courtesy of MSE)

MSE, W&LE, EIRR Accept Railway Age Awards

Mississippi Export Railroad (MSE) and Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company (W&LE) accepted Railway Age’s 2024 Short Line and Regional Railroads of the Year Awards at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association


In separate rulings, the Surface Transportation Board denied Canadian Pacific Kansas City’s petition seeking reconsideration of the Board’s prior decision to classify CN’s acquisition of Iowa Northern a “minor transaction”; and extended

“Congratulations to Conductor Thara Hall and Engineer Courtney Thompson for making history as the first Black female crew in Columbia, South Carolina!” NS reported via social media on March 26. (Photograph Courtesy of NS)

Class I Briefs: NS, CN

Norfolk Southern (NS) pays tribute its first Black female crew; highlights the “strength” of its Board; and reports on improved safety, productivity and efficiency at its Dillard Yard in Savannah, Ga. Also, CN releases a new Indigenous Relations Policy in support of its commitment to Reconciliation, and earns a 2023 Logistics Partners Award from LP Building Solutions.

Minister of Transport Pablo Rodriguez (left); Vancouver Fraser Port Authority President and CEO Peter Xotta (right).

Intermodal Briefs: Port of Montreal, Port of Vancouver

Transport Canada announces funding to relieve congestion in supply chains and enhance infrastructure at the Port of Montreal. Also, strong Canadian exports support record 2023 trade volumes through the Port of Vancouver.

Next-Gen Freight Rail 2024 Conference Roundup

Railway Age’s Next-Gen Freight Rail 2024 Conference took place on March 12, 2024, at the Union League Club of Chicago. The annual event, attended by close to 200, featured Tracy Robinson, President

(Union Railroad Company)

Supply Side: Brandt, Union Railroad Company

Brandt expands its material handling division across Canada. Also, Union Railroad Company opens a new railcar repair facility in the Pittsburgh area.

Class I Briefs: CSX, CN, UP, NS

CSX donates $10,000 to the Red Cross for storm relief efforts. Also, CN and Union Pacific (UP) are recognized by CDP as 2023 Supplier Engagement Leaders; CN sends a “supply chain salute” to MacroSource, LLC for their new facility in Memphis, Tenn.; and Norfolk Southern (NS) honors customer sustainability achievements.

W&LE Carey, Ohio, rail yard next to National Lime and Stone Company. (Scott Young Photograph, Courtesy of W&LE)


RAILWAY AGE, MARCH 2024 ISSUE: Customer dedication is key to this regional’s success.

Railway Age’s 2024 Short Line Railroad of the Year is Mississippi Export Railroad (MSE). (Chip Haffner Photograph, Courtesy of MSE)


RAILWAY AGE, MARCH 2024 ISSUE: After more than 100 years, MSE continues to lead the way in its commitment to safety, growth and community outreach.

Map of Norfolk Southern and Florida East Coast Railway’s domestic and international intermodal service offerings. (Courtesy of NS)

Class I Briefs: NS/FEC, CN, UP

Norfolk Southern (NS) and Class II Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) expand their international and domestic interline services. Also, CN’s “EcoChampions” share a creative way to extend equipment life and the railroad’s Intermodal International Sales and Marketing team earns a partnership award; and Union Pacific (UP) wins a supplier award.