Amtrak improves Michigan line

Amtrak says rail infrastructure improvements along its Chicago–Detroit/Pontiac line have been made to enable safe, faster travel along the Michigan passenger and freight corridor.

Harsco Rail promotes Branham to executive team

Harsco Rail has announced the promotion of Allen Branham to vice president of its North America Sales and Global Contracting Services division.

Railroads and government shutdowns

Whether a federal government shutdown lasts one day or for weeks or months, safety-critical functions affecting railroads are undisturbed.

Warner heading WSP NWP district

David Warner has been named Northwest Pacific district manager, Seattle office area manager and vice president of WSP USA, formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Record quarter for Kansas City Southern

Kansas City Southern reported record fourth quarter 2017 revenues of $660 million, an increase of 10% from fourth quarter 2016. Overall, carload volumes increased 5% compared to the prior year, also a fourth-quarter record.

Record containers and rail moves for South Carolina

Container volume grew 9% in 2017 for the South Carolina Ports Authority, with a record-setting 2.2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEU) handled during the year.

For Cali HSR: New CEO, $2.8B in cost overruns

The California High-Speed Rail Authority on Jan. 17 named Brian P. Kelly as its new chief executive officer, the same day it received a new report that found delays and higher-than-expected costs would inflate the price of the project by $2.8 billion.

Darrell Clinton Francis, 1957-2017

Retired CN Assistant Chief Engineer Darrell Clinton Francis died Dec. 18, 2017. He was 60.

Task force to evaluate Alaska commuter rail

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed an order establishing the governor’s Commuter Rail Advisory Task Force, to evaluate the possibility of commuter rail service connecting Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, Alaska.

Asplund new head of Florida East Coast Rwy.

Florida East Coast Railway, the regional carrier operating 350 miles of main line from Miami to Jacksonville, has a new President and Chief Executive Officer.