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(Source: Progressive Railroading 09/16/2020) The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) yesterday reiterated its call for federal regulators to mandate the use of inward- and outward-facing cameras on locomotives. The announcement follows the board’s investigation of a 2019 collision between two CSX trains in Ohio, in which investigators found that the engineer of one train was impaired by his use…

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(Source: Freight Waves, September 15, 2020) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — As U.S. grain producers prepare for the 2020-21 crop year, one concern is that the Class I railroads won’t have enough network capacity to handle the double whammy of a bountiful harvest and higher export volumes. Full story: Freight Waves Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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(Source: Supply Chain Dive, September 15, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Road and rail along the east-west artery of Interstate 10 is at high risk for disruption, and aftereffects from eastern Louisiana to Pensacola, Florida, may last several days depending on the extent of any damage. Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific are monitoring…

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. and INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Pacific Harbor Line, Inc. (PHL) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) have signed a new five-year labor agreement. The contract, effective September 20, governs rates of pay, benefits and work rules for 150 of PHL’s 189 employees. In a joint announcement, PHL-BLET said, “The new…

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