Wisconsin Central

(Photo by Cory Rusch, BLET Division 659; Courtesy of BLET)

BLET, CN/WC Reach Tentative Agreement

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) has reached a tentative agreement for 600 engineers at CN/Wisconsin Central (WC), which the union said “provides significant quality of life improvements and comes after several months of negotiations.”

Small Road News: OmniTRAX, Watco, Anacostia Launch Growth Initiatives

Denver-based OmniTRAX is linking rail-served properties along its 25-mile Northern Ohio & Western Railway (NOW) with customers interested in locating there, in coordination with the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, which serves the counties of Tiffin and Seneca, Ohio. Additionally, Watco Companies, LLC, will lease and operate a line from CN subsidiary Wisconsin Central Ltd. in Illinois. Previously known as the Phoenix Line, Watco’s new subsidiary is now called the Elwood Joliet & Southern Railroad (EJSR). The Jeffersonville RiverRail Terminal in Indiana is set to open early next year, to be served by Louisville & Indiana Railroad (LIRC), an Anacostia Rail Holdings Co. subsidiary, and American Commercial Barge Line.

J. Reilly McCarren, 1956-2015

J. Reilly McCarren, one of the most accomplished and respected railroaders of the past 35 years, died April 26, 2015 at his Kenilworth, Ill., home after a long battle with cancer. He was 58.