(Source: Daily Business Review, August 28, 2017) NEW YORK — Samuel F. Belcher’s colleagues called it in over their radios when his behavior caused delays during a late-night shift: The train conductor was “acting funny,” they said, staggering and showing signs of confusion at a Hamlet, North Carolina, station in January 2012. Full story: Daily Business…Read More
(Source: Reuters, August 28, 2017) SEATTLE — BNSF Railway has called back roughly 4,000 of the 5,000 workers who were furloughed across its system last year, reflecting stronger volumes of coal, grain, and intermodal containers and trailers, a spokesman said. Full story: Christian Science Monitor Tuesday, August 29, 2017Read More
(Source: Progressive Railroading, August 28, 2017) Class Is, Amtrak and Houston METRO suspended service and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) declared an emergency event this past weekend due to Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the Texas Gulf region. The FRA declared the emergency Aug. 24, noting that the storm’s threat of flooding rains, power outages and…Read More
(source: Progressive Railroading 08/21/2017) Class Is employed 147,540 workers in the United States as of mid-July, down 0.7 percent from mid-June’s level and 3.4 percent from mid-July 2016’s mark, according to Surface Transportation Board data. All six employment categories reflected workforce decreases on a month-over-month basis. The number of executives, officials and staff assistants declined 0.24 percent…Read More
(source: Progressive Railroading 08/17/2017) Union Pacific Railroad yesterday announced it will eliminate 500 management positions by mid-September as part of a cost-cutting measure. The Class I also intends to reduce 250 non-management positions during the same time period, UP officials said in an email. “Union Pacific for some time has leveraged employee attrition and technology to…Read More
CLEVELAND, August 17 — The BLET National Division is pleased to announce the dates and locations of its 2018 regional meetings: June 18-22 in Monterey, California; and August 13-17 in Washington, D.C. The Monterey regional meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency and the Washington, D.C. regional will be held at the Capital Hilton.…Read More
(source: Progressive Railroading 08/14/2017) Canadian Pacific today announced the launch of a direct rail transportation service between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Detroit. The new service leverages CP’s newest transload facility in Vancouver and its live-lift operation at Portal, North Dakota. The service is expected to cut transit times from the West Coast to Detroit by as…Read More
(source: Progressive Railroading 08/14/2017) Union Pacific Railroad has no plans to alter operations on train schedules for Aug. 21, the day of a solar eclipse. As a result, the Class I has issued a safety warning to eclipse viewers to avoid railroad property. The Class I, which has many miles of rail lines within the eclipse’s…Read More
(Source: Progressive Railroading 08/11/2017) By Tony Hatch Coal boomed in first-half 2017. Does that mean coal is back? U.S. coal volumes, dominated by steam (utility) coal, were up 18 percent through June. Of course, it was against easy comparisons, and June numbers were “only” up 13 percent. By early July, they were closer to flat. Export…Read More
(Source: Progressive Railroading, August 10, 2017) After reviewing a year’s worth of safety culture assessments at short lines and regionals, the Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI) has identified areas in need of improvement through training and education, the institute announced yesterday. Full story: Progressive Railroading Friday, August 11, 2017Read More
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