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(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/30/2021) Union Pacific Railroad is building a state-of-the-art grain transload facility within its Global IV intermodal terminal in Joliet, Illinois. The UP Global IV Transload facility will be managed by JCT, a 50-50 joint venture between Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. and Gavilon Grain LLC. Construction began this month and completion is anticipated by fourth-quarter 2021. Once…

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(Source: Television station KTRE, April 29, 2021) PALESTINE, Texas — A group of current and retired Palestine railroad workers are fighting to keep Union Pacific from leaving town. They are raising money to take legal action against the railroad. They’re raising money using GoFundMe in hopes of hiring legal counsel to fight the railroad. Full…

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(Source: Reuters, April 30, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Joe Biden will return on Friday to one of the cities that helped win him the White House as he works to gain popular support for $4 trillion in proposed programs to shore up the U.S. economy. Biden’s trip to Philadelphia includes a stop at an…

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(Source: Railroad Retirement Board press release, April 27, 2021) CHICAGO — The payment of a railroad retirement annuity can be affected by entitlement to social security benefits, as well as certain other government benefits. Such dual entitlement, if not reported to the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), can result in benefit overpayments which have to be repaid,…

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(Source: S&P Global Platts, April 28, 2021) HOUSTON — US coal carload originations rose to a seven-week high 64,252 in the week that ended April 24, up 4.3% from 61,600 a week earlier and 33.5% higher than the year-ago week, according to a April 28 report from the Association of American Railroads. Full story: S&P Global…

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