Reading & Northern bolsters senior management

Reading & Northern has selected Chris Goetz to serve as the regional railroad’s vice president, Maintenance of Way, and Erik Yoder as assistant vice president, Real Estate.

R&N adds transload capacity

Reading & Northern Railroad, through its sister company Reading Railroad Transfer LLC, has acquired the former Penn Foster warehouse facility in Ransom, Lackawanna County, Pa.

Court derails Reading & Northern’s challenge of short line RFP

The Reading & Northern Railroad plans to appeal a ruling dismissing its challenge to bid on short line operating rights in central Pennsylvania.

Ludwig heads Customer Service at RBMN

Reading and Northern Railroad has appointed Susan Ludwig as Vice President Customer Service, oversee all RBMN Customer Service Managers and all business including Anthracite Coal, Forest Products and General Merchandise for more than 70 customers. Ludwig reports directly to RBMN President Wayne A. Michel.

For R&N, a coal-fueled record year

Port Clinton, Pa.-based Class II railroad Reading & Northern (R&N) set a business record in 2017, handling 31,175 carloads—a 15% increase over 2017, and a cumulative 50% increase over the past five years. Anthracite coal traffic played an important role.

R&N posts ridership record

Port Clinton-based Reading & Northern Railroad set a new record with its passenger services in 2017. Almost 120,000 people rode on Reading & Northern and Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway passenger services, a 15% increase from 2016’s record-breaking year when Reading & Northern broke the 100,000-passenger mark for the second time running.

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R&N handling Ukraine-bound coal

In a development that harks back to the region’s mining roots, Reading & Northern Railroad said it will operate anthracite unit coal trains as part of a major shipment destined for Ukraine.

William Clark joins R&N coal group

Reading & Northern Railroad has named William Clark as Senior Vice President Coal, where he will be responsible for managing the anthracite coal business, as well as the railroad’s freight car fleet of more than 1,200 cars. His appointment is effective March 1.

For Reading & Northern, a record 2016

At the close of 2016, regional railroad Reading & Northern (R&N) “had more employees, more track, more locomotives, more freight cars, more facilities and more customers than at any point in its history.”

Reading & Northern reports 15% growth

Despite a soft market for anthracite coal, Reading & Northern reported on November 4 that its freight traffic has grown over its record-setting 2015 base: Merchandise traffic (non-coal) is up almost 15%. Its passenger excursion business, which saw a record 100,000 visitors in 2015, is also running 15% ahead of last year’s pace.