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House lawmakers seek to slow White House plan for LNG rail shipments

(Source: Freight Waves, September 19, 2019) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Democratic head of the House committee with transportation oversight wants to put the brakes on a Trump administration proposal to let freight railroads haul liquefied natural gas in tank cars. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) and Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-New Jersey) on…

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Class I employment fell in all categories last month

(Source: Progressive Railroading 9/19/2019) In mid-August, U.S. Class Is employed 139,284 workers, down 1.01 percent from mid-July and down 5.98 percent from mid-August 2018, according to Surface Transportation Board employment data. On a month-over-month basis, all employment categories logged decreases. They were executives, officials and staff assistants, down 0.68 percent to 7,703 employees; professional and administrative, down…

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NTSB investigation prompts safety recommendations to Class Is, ASLRRA

(Source: Progressive Railroading 9/20/2019) The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) yesterday issued safety recommendations to Class Is and the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) as a result of the agency’s ongoing investigation into a fatal accident involving two Union Pacific Railroad trains in Wyoming last year. The Oct. 4, 2018, accident occurred when a UP train collided with…

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U.S. freight-rail traffic down 3.7 percent so far in 2019

(Source: Progressive Railroading 09/19/2019) U.S. freight-rail traffic dropped 4.8 percent to 526,734 carloads and intermodal units during the week ending Sept. 24 compared with the same period a year ago, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data. Carload traffic dipped 6.1 percent to 252,310 during the week, while intermodal volume fell 3.5 percent to 274,424 containers…

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Introducing Iron Road Heathcare

(Source: 09/16/2019) In 1870, Union Pacific and other railroad companies recognized a need to treat sick and injured employees. From that need, railroad hospital associations were born. These associations flourished as the “iron road” crisscrossed the United States. At their peak, 35 different hospital associations served nearly 550,000 railroad employees with more than 3,700…

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