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Idle mines portend dark days for top U.S. coal region

(Source: Associated Press, September 15, 2019) GILLETTE, Wyo. — At two of the world’s biggest coal mines, the finances got so bad that their owner couldn’t even get toilet paper on credit. Warehouse technician Melissa Worden divvied up what remained of the last case, giving four rolls to each mine and two to the mine…

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In the Line of Duty: Bruce A. Dominique Jr.

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, September 12 — Brother Bruce A. Dominique Jr., a member of BLET Division 219 in Shreveport, Louisiana, was killed in a railroad accident on September 6, 2019. He was 36 years old. Employed by the Union Pacific Railroad, Brother Dominique hired out as a trainman with UP on December 31, 2012, and earned…

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RRB asking all railroaders to complete online technology survey

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, September 13 — The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) is asking all active and retired railroaders to complete an online survey to help drive its future strategic plans regarding online offerings. The survey is part of a major Information Technology Initiative currently underway at the RRB. To that end, the Board has released an…

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STB reveals three Class Is were ‘revenue adequate’ in 2018

(Source: Progressive Railroading 09/09/2019) The Surface Transportation Board (STB) announced last week that the Class Is that achieved “revenue adequacy” in 2018 were CSX, Canadian Pacific‘s Soo Line Corp. and Union Pacific Railroad. A railroad is considered to be revenue adequate if it achieves a rate of return on net investment equal to at least the current cost of capital…

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