(Source: freightwaves.com 11/05/18) November 05, 2018 Brian Bowers, contributor PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them” —Albert Einstein Last week we began exploration of the definition of precision railroading and how the industry is attempting to apply it. It is encouraging to see longstanding practices and processes…Read More
(Source: Casper Star Tribune, November 5, 2018) CASPER, Wyo. — Loads of grain trundled down toward Mexico as summer ended, and strong crude prices drove up the number of rail cars hauling petroleum or liquefied gas by 40 percent. But Union Pacific ended a record third quarter with an announcement that nearly 700 jobs would be…Read More
NTSB issues preliminary report in rear-end collision between UP freight trains in Granite Canyon, Wyo.
(Source: National Transportation Safety Board press release, November 5, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — On October 4, 2018, at 7:38 p.m. mountain daylight time, an eastbound Union Pacific (UP) freight train MGRCY04 (striking train) collided with the rear of a stationary UP freight train MPCNP03 (stationary train) in Granite Canyon, Wyoming. Prior to the accident, the crew of…Read More
(Source: freightwaves.com 10/29/2018) October 29, 2018 Brian Bowers, contributor Photo: Shutterstock This article by FreightWaves advisor and intermodal consultant Brian Bowers is the second of three reviewing the controversial subject of precision railroading, an operational system and a management philosophy that in the railroad business today is leading to one question: which side are you…Read More
(source: Progressive Railroading 10/25/2018) By Jeff Stagl, Managing Editor Today, Union Pacific Railroad announced its third-quarter diluted earnings per share reached $2.15, representing a 43 percent year-over-year increase and an all-time quarterly record. In addition to sharing that encouraging financial result — as well as a few disappointing ones — during an earnings conference this morning, UP senior…Read More
(Source: The Oregonian, October 19, 2018) PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon wants to dramatically increase the number of passenger trains running between Portland and Eugene during the next 17 years, a proposal that could cost upwards of $1 billion to implement but officials say would give commuters a more reliable and convenient option other than driving.Full story: www.oregonlive.com…Read More
(Source: The Columbian, October 22, 2018) VANCOUVER, Wash. — Making good on an earlier pledge, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, introduced legislation to reinstate safety regulations for oil trains. The Obama-era rules were rolled back by the Trump administration in September. The 2015 regulations require railroads to ensure trains with either crude oil or flammable…Read More
(Source: freightwaves.com 10/22/2018) October 22, 2018 Brian Bowers, contributor Photo: Shutterstock This article by FreightWaves advisor and intermodal consultant Brian Bowers is the first of three reviewing the controversial subject of precision railroading, an operational system and a management philosophy that in the railroad business today is leading to one question: which side are you…Read More
(Source: Progressive Railroading 10/18/2018) U.S. railroads logged a 1.7 percent increase in carload and intermodal traffic for the week ending Oct. 13 compared with traffic a year ago, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR). U.S. carload traffic rose 0.4 percent to 263,787 carloads for the week, while intermodal volume increased 3 percent to…Read More
The company aims to operate a passenger-rail excursion line between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Photo – vegasxtrain.com (Source: Progressive Railroading 10/19/2018) Las Vegas Railway Express Inc. announced yesterday it is changing its name to United Rail Inc. The Las Vegas company — owner of the X Train brand and brand licensor — acquired United…Read More
(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, October 10, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending October 6, 2018.For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 554,238 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.2 percent compared with the same week last year.Total carloads for the…Read More
(Source: www.amny.com, October 9, 2018) NEW YORK — Amtrak workers rallied outside of Penn Station against what they fear will be a systematic dismantling of service quality and loss of thousands of middle-class jobs at the railroad. Amtrak president and CEO Richard Anderson is planning roughly 1,700 layoffs for the railroad’s onboard service workers, according to…Read More
(Source: Progressive Railroading 10/05/2018) U.S. rail traffic grew 4.4 percent to 2,194,211 carloads and intermodal units in September compared with the same month a year ago, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data. Railroads reported 1,066,826 carloads last month, up 2.6 percent, and 1,127,385 containers and trailers, up 6.2 percent, compared with traffic logged in…Read More
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