Archive for August 1, 2017

NTSB issues safety alert for MOW workers

(source: Progressive Railroading 08/01/2017) The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) yesterday warned rail workers of the risks of working on tracks using only a watchman or lookout to provide the train-approach warning. Issued yesterday, Safety Alert No. 066 was prompted in part by the deaths of two rail workers who died after being struck by a train…

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Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration: Who is Ronald L. Batory?

(Source:, August 1, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The nation’s top train man will be a retired railroad executive with nearly 50 years’ experience in the industry. The White House announced on July 11, 2017, that President Donald Trump has nominated Ronald L. Batory, recently retired president of Conrail, as the next head of the…

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In letter to shippers, Harrison apologizes for CSX service issues

(Source: Railway Age, August 1, 2017) NEW YORK — CSX Chief Executive Hunter Harrison in a letter to the railroad’s customers apologized for mounting service issues, citing the rapid pace of operational changes he has implemented and blaming employees who have “pushed back” against those changes. Full story: Railway Age Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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