William C Vantuono

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CNN rail reporting: Open mouths, insert feet

My heartiest congratulations to CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Drew Griffin. You two numbskulls have just been awarded Premier Level membership in the “I Know Absolutely Nothing About Railroads But I’ll Shoot My Big, Uneducated Mouth Off About Them Anyway” club. You guys, like Fox News, will twist words and facts (or make them up) and rely on some fairly inane talking heads just to create a story where there really is none. You join fellow passenger rail bashers and purveyors of refried cow pies like the Reason Foundation and the Cato Institute.

AAR’s VanderClute receives Railway Age Graham Claytor Award

Robert C. VanderClute, Senior Vice President of Safety and Operations at the Association of American Railroads, is the 2012 recipient of Railway Age’s W. Graham Claytor Jr. Award for Distinguished Service to Passenger Transportation. Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono presented VanderClute with the award at the magazine’s 19th annual Passenger Trains on Freight Railroads Conference in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 11.

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Rockefeller is crossed up on crossties

John D. Rockefeller IV, the Democratic Senator from West Virginia and chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, has made many efforts to impose new regulations on the railroads