Rethinking coal in current context — analysis by Tony Hatch

August 11, 2017

(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…

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Short Line Safety Institute study reveals themes that influence railroads’ safety culture

August 11, 2017

(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, 2017

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AAR: Rail traffic up 4.3 percent over 2016 for week ending August 5

August 11, 2017

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, August 9, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending August 5, 2017. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 554,822 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.3 percent compared with the same week last year. Total…

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STB sets 2016 cost of capital

August 10, 2017

(source: Railway Age 08/10/2017) Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has issued a decision determining the railroad industry’s cost of capital for 2016. In Railroad Cost of Capital—2016, Docket No. EP 558 (Sub-No. 20), the Board found that the rail industry’s after-tax cost of capital was 8.88% for 2016. For 2015,…

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No injuries reported as 16 UP train cars derail in Topeka

August 10, 2017

(Source: Topeka Capital-Journal, August 9, 2017) TOPEKA, Kan. — A Union Pacific freight train derailed Wednesday morning just northwest of downtown Topeka, authorities said. No injuries were reported in the incident, which occurred about 7:15 a.m. just west of N.W. Crane and Topeka Boulevard. Full story: Topeka Capital-Journal Thursday, August 10, 2017

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Senator Schumer demands FRA, FMCSA reverse sleep apnea rule withdrawal

August 10, 2017

(Source: Railway Track & Structures, August 9, 2017) NEW YORK — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is asking the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to reverse the withdrawal of pending regulation that would require sleep apnea testing of workers in safety critical roles. Full story: Railway Track & Structures…

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Union Pacific ranks No. 1 in Soy Transportation Council’s report card

August 9, 2017

(source: Progressive Railroading 08/09/2017) Union Pacific Railroad ranked as the top performer while Canadian Pacific ranked last in the Soy Transportation Coalition‘s (STC) seventh annual survey of Class I performance. UP was regarded as the top performing railroad for the fifth time. Survey respondents ranked CP in seventh place for the six year in a row, STC officials said in a…

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Former FRA chief says lives at risk if no sleep tests for train engineers

August 9, 2017

(Source: Associated Press, August 8, 2017) WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. officials are abandoning plans to require sleep apnea screening for truck drivers and train engineers, a decision that safety experts say puts millions of lives at risk. Full story: ABC News Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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Senate confirms Sumwalt as NTSB chair

August 9, 2017

(Source: Progressive Railroading, August 8, 2017) The U.S. Senate late last week confirmed Robert Sumwalt’s nomination to a two-year term as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Full story: Progressive Railroading Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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