(Photograph Courtesy of NS, via Twitter)

NS Delivers College Scholarships

Norfolk Southern (NS) has launched an annual college scholarship program for the children of its employees. The inaugural round of awards will support 103 students, selected from a pool of more than 500 candidates.

2022 John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence Award Winner Jamie Helmer with (from left to right) NS's Tom Schnautz, Matt Gernaud, Josh Raglin and David Schoendorfer. (Photo Courtesy of AAR, via Twitter)

NS’s Jamie Helmer Receives 2022 John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence Award

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) announced on July 27 that it has named Norfolk Southern (NS) Director of Fuel Efficiency Jamie Helmer as recipient of the 2022 John H. Chafee Environmental

NS reported a 21% increase in operating expenses over second-quarter 2021’s, due to "higher fuel prices, lower property sales, and increased costs from inflation and service challenges."

NS: ‘Solid Second Quarter Results Despite Network Fluidity Challenges’ (UPDATED, Cowen)

Norfolk Southern (NS) in second-quarter 2022 delivered a “solid financial performance, despite network fluidity challenges,” President and CEO Alan H. Shaw said on July 27 in an earnings announcement. Revenue and volume

The five-year on-property agreement secures a general wage increase of 29%.

BLET Ratifies New Contract with Illinois & Midland Railroad

Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) ratified on July 21 a new five-year on-property agreement that secures a general wage increase of 29% with the 154-mile short line

Where Are They Now? 2011 Railroader of the Year Wick Moorman – RAIL GROUP ON AIR

Railway Age’s 2011 Railroader of the Year Charles W. “Wick” Moorman IV retired as chairman, president and CEO of Norfolk Southern in 2015, then spent a year as president of Amtrak. Since

The potential Saluda Grade rail trail would run from Inman, S.C., to Zirconia, N.C.

Nonprofits Seek to Turn NS Saluda Grade Railroad Line Into Rail Trail

Nonprofits Conserving Carolina, PAL: Play, Advocate Live Well (PAL) and Upstate Forever are working together to purchase Norfolk Southern’s (NS) inactive Saluda Grade railroad corridor, part of the Class I’s W Line

NS: ‘We Want YOU as a Conductor’

In the midst of adversarial national bargaining for which a PEB (Presidential Emergency Board) has been formed in the hopes of averting a nationwide rail worker strike, as well as a time

The New York MTA has named Rosemonde Pierre-Louis of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University (NYU) and Roger Maldonado of Smith Gambrell LLP as Co-Chairs of its Blue-Ribbon Panel to combat fare and toll evasion. (Photograph Courtesy of NYCT)

People News: AllTranstek, CSX, New York MTA

Steve McCullough, Jim Dinell and Mike Tait have transitioned to new roles at AllTranstek, LLC, a North American third-party, non-asset-based rail fleet management provider. Also, CSX’s Arthur Adams and Norfolk Southern’s (NS) D’Andrae C. Larry have earned spots on Savoy magazine’s 2022 list of Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America; and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has appointed two Co-Chairs for its Blue-Ribbon Panel to combat fare and toll evasion.

Time Out: Preparing for Round 9

The battle over Amtrak’s proposal to run two daily round trips between Mobile and New Orleans is far from over. It is about to heat up again after a two-month lull, but the STB announced on July 11 that the relative calm (at least as far as the public will notice) will last a little longer.

Amtrak to STB: Deny CN’s Responsive Application

Amtrak is calling on the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to deny CN’s conditions to the Canadian Pacific-Kansas City Southern merger because they do “not satisfy the Board’s ‘operationally feasible’ requirement” and “would harm the public interest by adversely affecting the provision of passenger rail service. …”