Tank, Hopper and Railcar News

NS, UP enacting intermodal interline service changes  RailwayAge Magazine

On Monday Feb. 11, 2019, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific—both of which are rolling out their own versions of Precision Scheduled Railroading—will deploy ...

In Congress, it's Hail Mary time  RailwayAge Magazine

In the people's company town of Washington, D.C., the most popular refrain during lame duck sessions of Congress—the fewer than 60 days between ...

NYCT: It's about time  RailwayAge Magazine

MTA New York City Transit announced Dec. 10 that as part of its Save Safe Seconds campaign to safely improve subway performance, a multidisciplinary team ...

Progressive Rail to pick up BNSF lines in NE Washington  RailwayAge Magazine

Progressive Rail is poised to take control of 83 miles of railroad owned by BNSF Railway in northwest Washington state. The transaction was revealed in a filing ...

Matt Rose: “Less is NOT better”  RailwayAge Magazine

Railway Age December 2018, Cover Story: BNSF Railway Co. Executive Chairman Matthew K. Rose will retire from the railroad in April of 2019, after 26 years of ...

STB: Nothing's the something it does best  RailwayAge Magazine

Watching Washington, December 2018 Railway Age: New leadership arrives at railroad-focused congressional committees in January, and unless Surface ...

NJ short line operator expanding with Norfolk Southern lease  RailwayAge Magazine

A new short line railroad operator has filed to lease track in northern New Jersey from Norfolk Southern as it continues to expand its footprint in the Garden State.

Caltrain increasing Stadler EMU order  RailwayAge Magazine

Caltrain is acquiring 37 additional Stadler double-deck EMU cars for the San Francisco – San Jose electrification project. The Caltrain board on Dec. 6 approved ...

TribLIVE.com story  Tribune-Review

Cassius Hetherington spent Tuesday morning stuffing the Duquesne Incline with Barbie dolls, teddy bears and toy cars. He rode the rail car up and down down ...

AAR urges USDOT on “mode-neutral” guidelines for automation  RailwayAge Magazine

The trade association of U.S. freight railroads this week urged the federal government to take a balanced approach to automation as a way to a safer, more ...

Record mark for CP grain as new HEP train debuts  RailwayAge Magazine

While U.S. grain farmers wrangle with tariffs, bankruptcies and uncertainty, suppliers north of the border helped Canadian Pacific ring up another month of ...

NJT: PTC 95%, new comms under way, more multi-levels  RailwayAge Magazine

New Jersey Transit announced Dec. 5 that Positive Train Control is “95% complete” toward meeting compliance with the Dec. 3, 2018 interim deadline.

Mind the widening gap, Amtrak  RailwayAge Magazine

In its former high-flying days, GE's business model was praised in most MBA programs for its skills in planned, self-destructive obsolescence to cannibalize its ...

Alberta government says tank car order imminent  RailwayAge Magazine

In a move that it says will increase demand and pricing for Alberta's tar sands bitumen, the provincial government has affirmed that it will imminently sign orders ...

Rubino to lead CIT commercial banking including railcar unit  RailwayAge Magazine

CIT Group Inc. announced that Robert Rubino has been named president of CIT Bank, N.A., the banking subsidiary of CIT, and head of Commercial Banking, ...

BUILD grant to shore up Coos Bay railroad bridges  RailwayAge Magazine

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay was awarded a $20 million federal grant to rehabilitate 15 bridges along its Coos Bay Rail Line. Spending for the ...

FRA green-lights PATH PTC  RailwayAge Magazine

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Metro-North gets 2 years more to install PTC on its track  Poughkeepsie Journal

Metro-North has another two years to install and test the technology.

LTK elevates four  RailwayAge Magazine

LTK Engineering Services has promoted four staff members to senior-level positions, three of them with new regional responsibilities. Ernest Chance has been ...

Ontario transit update: Hamilton LRT, GO extension, Bombardier LRV assembly  RailwayAge Magazine

Design and planning work continues on Hamilton's 10-mile (14-kilometer) LRT line, despite ongoing political uncertainty over the project's future. Meanwhile, the ...

Light rail project off; Vancouver SkyTrain funded  RailwayAge Magazine

The Translink Mayors' council, which oversees Metro Vancouver's public transport operator, has voted to suspend the C$1.65 billion ($1.2 billion) development ...

Texas Central trailblazing privately funded HSR  RailwayAge Magazine

Despite producing more than one-third of U.S. crude oil output, urbanization, rapid economic growth and congestion mean Texans could be getting out of their ...

CN's Ruest Railroader of the Year  RailwayAge Magazine

The 56th annual recipient of the prestigious Railway Age Railroader of the Year Award is CN President and Chief Executive Officer Jean-Jacques “JJ” Ruest, ...

AllTranstek promotes Dinell  RailwayAge Magazine

The company, based in Downers Grove, Ill., said the promotion would allow for the continued focus and growth of this highly specialized segment within ...

CN adds more Duos car inspection tech  RailwayAge Magazine

Duos Technologies Group, the provider of intelligent security and analytical technology solutions, has pocketed a second contract from a North American Class I ...

Leadership, recognized: 2018 Railway Age Women in Rail award winners  RailwayAge Magazine

Our 14 honorees from freight, transit, supplier and trade organizations are driving their businesses forward while helping to make a leadership difference in the ...

UP's Knight “Best CFO” six years' running  RailwayAge Magazine

Institutional Investor, a publication covering the financial services industry since the 1980s, has named Union Pacific Executive Vice President and Chief ...

New CUS skylight sheds light on serious mobility problems  RailwayAge Magazine

Amtrak recently completed a $22 million restoration of historic Chicago Union Station's Great Hall, including refurbishment and modernization of the skylight.

LIRR meets positive train control extension criteria  Newsday

With weeks to go before a Dec. 31 deadline, LIRR officials said Monday they had achieved "compliance" with the Rail Safety Improvement Act.

Who will protect the French Fries?  RailwayAge Magazine

Financial Edge, November 2018: In mid-September, CSX filed a report to the FRA stating that its June 2018 derailment near Princeton, Ind., (about 150 miles ...

VIDEO: Honolulu rail car transported from Honolulu Harbor to Waipahu  Honolulu Star-Advertiser

The first of four rail cars that make up the fourth train for the city's upcoming 20-mile rail line was transported to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation's ...

Study: Legal weed could soothe NYC subway funding ills  RailwayAge Magazine

Don't bogart that money from legalized marijuana, New York – pass it over to the subway to help pay for the system's repairs and upgrades. An analysis by New ...

FRA finalizes HSR rulemaking  RailwayAge Magazine

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on Nov. 21 issued a final rule establishing what it's calling” modern, performance-based safety standards for railroad ...

West Bay Street back open after rail car fire; northbound lanes of Allen Blvd remain closed  WTOC

West Bay Street is closed near Allen Boulevard near Garden City due to a rail car fire.

NICTD to begin search for rail car manufacturer  The Times of Northwest Indiana

The South Shore Line is beginning the search for a company to manufacture new cars the commuter railroad will need if the planned West Lake Corridor is built.

UP 4141 honors President George HW Bush  RailwayAge Magazine

Union Pacific on Dec. 6 will participate in the funeral procession for President George H.W. Bush with a special funeral train powered by SD70ACe 4141, whose ...

Postponed again: federal requirement on passenger railroad safety programs  Safety+Health magazine

Washington — A Federal Railroad Administration final rule requiring commuter and intercity passenger railroads to develop and implement a system safety ...

Global Railcar Leasing Market 2019- GATX, Union Tank Car, CIT, Wells Fargo  Industry Research Now

The Global Railcar Leasing market has been exhibiting substantial overall improvements throughout the span of last five years and expected to achieve a ...

Cuomo to Trump: Take Amtrak off Gateway  RailwayAge Magazine

The Gateway Project to build two new rail tunnels under the Hudson River connecting New Jersey and New York has been mired in political controversy for ...

Brightline goes Virginal. What next?  RailwayAge Magazine

Everybody has been watching Brightline, the bold upstart operator of private-sector passenger trains in a nation where every other scheduled train is operated in ...

Federal Railroad Administration Gives RTD 2 Weeks To Present Fix To A Line  CBS Denver

The Federal Railroad Administration has given RTD notice that it has until the middle of December, just two weeks, to present an action plan to fix problems on ...

Worker killed by CN railcar in New Brunswick  Canadian Occupational Safety

EDMUNDSTON, N.B. (CP) — The union that represents CN rail workers has identified the person killed at a railyard in Edmundston, N.B., as a 33-year-old father ...

Traffic up slightly in week 45: AAR  RailwayAge Magazine

U.S. weekly rail traffic was 547,236 carloads and intermodal units, up a modest 1.4% compared with the same week last year, the Association of American ...

Trudeau open to rail car purchase, more generous EI rules to help struggling energy sector  CBC News

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is willing to consider helping Alberta Premier Rachel Notley fund the purchase of rail cars to in an effort to increase the ...

Rail freight traffic loses speed in latest week  RailwayAge Magazine

Amid roiling markets, weaker commodities and intermodal shipments may be signaling a correction for U.S. rail freight. The Association of American Railroads ...

RSI appoints Thomure safety, regs chief; names new board members  RailwayAge Magazine

The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) has named veteran railcar professional Randall Thomure Director of Regulatory Affairs and Safety, with oversight ...

Railcar plan worries commodity producers  Brandon Sun

Alberta's plan to relieve oil backlog by shipping oil by railcar is worrying some Manitoba com... - Local - Brandon Sun.

New York MTA's $35 million “no-brainer”  RailwayAge Magazine

In 1626, Peter Minuit and Peter Schaghen of the Dutch West India Company purchased Manhattan Island from the Lenape Native Americans for 60 guilders' ...

UW Engineering Professional Department looks to bridge industry gaps with railroad courses  The Badger Herald

On the morning of Nov. 29, 14 students sat in front of a lecturer in the Pyle Center. This wasn't an unusual sight to see on the University of Wisconsin's campus, ...

Model railroad association hosts annual train show this weekend  The Almanac Online

The West Bay Model Railroad Association at 1090 Merrill St. in Menlo Park is hosting a free holiday open house of its two-tiered model train layout on Saturday, ...

GAF plans 2nd plant on North Shore rails  RailwayAge Magazine

The largest U.S. maker of roofing products, citing “excellent rail *service*,” is opening a second manufacturing facility in central Pennsylvania. The new GAF plant ...

UPDATE: Amtrak's Grinch didn't steal Christmas  RailwayAge Magazine

Many people probably thought that when Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson rejected a request from the United States Marine Corps. to run this year's ...

FTA awards grants for urban rail projects  RailwayAge Magazine

The Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that it has allocated $281 million in Capital Investment Grants to five rail ...

NS names Ledoux VP Government Affairs  RailwayAge Magazine

Norfolk Southern has named Marque I. Ledoux Vice President Government Affairs, effective Jan. 1, 2019. He will replace the retiring Bruno Maestri. Ledoux ...

Railcar Leasing Market in North America 2019-2023| Integration of Intelligent Systems Drives Growth| Technavio  Business Wire

Technavio's research report on the railcar leasing market in North America projects the market to grow at a CAGR of almost 7% during 2019-2023.

New Federal Railroad Administration Rule Can Help Reduce Passenger Train Costs  Competitive Enterprise Institute

Today, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published its long-awaited final rule to modernize passenger railcar crashworthiness standards. When it takes ...

FRA offers $272M in SOGR capex funds  RailwayAge Magazine

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair ...

A failure of public enterprise?  RailwayAge Magazine

From the November 2018 issue of Railway Age: Were Amtrak a business school case study, it would be advertised as “The Failure of Public Enterprise”—users ...

NRE building Watco Australia locomotives  RailwayAge Magazine

Locomotive manufacturer NRE has released details of its recent contract with Watco Australia for eight light-axle locomotives to support the latter's new contract ...

Another rail car delivered for Oahu line  Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Twelve rail cars already are on island for three of the 20 trains that will shuttle passengers along the city's rapid transit line, and another was transported ...

AAR's Fernandez-Willey to launch LRW webinar series  RailwayAge Magazine

Association of American Railroads (AAR) Senior Economist Luisa Fernandez-Willey will host “U.S. Freight Railroads and the U.S. Economy,” the League of ...

Bigger in Texas: BNSF Logistics adds massive flatcar for specialized service  RailwayAge Magazine

BNSF Logistics has introduced a new 20-axle railcar, the TEXX 900, which joins its specialized fleet to handle heavy-haul and over-dimensional loads.

Amtrak touts performance, financial records  RailwayAge Magazine

In the midst of controversy surrounding scale-backs in meal services; widely held beliefs that current management is targeting long-distance trains for elimination ...

Runaway tanker rail car rumbles through the Lehigh Valley  Allentown Morning Call

A detached tanker, loaded with paraffin wax, rumbled through the Lehigh Valley without incident over the weekend.

National Safety Council honors Parsons  RailwayAge Magazine

The National Safety Council is honoring infrastructure specialist Parsons as the sole 2018 finalist for its Robert W. Campbell Award. Established in 2004 and ...

Repair work on rail car tipper at Roanoke Valley landfill now expected to continue into January  Roanoke Times

The Roanoke Valley's trash train will be offline much longer than initially hoped while repairs are made to a tipper that is crucial to the regional landfill's rail ...

Cuban railroads plagued by fuel, flour, cement theft and railcar damage  UPI News

Widespread ransacking of cargo such as cement, flour and fuel has hampered Cuba's rail system, the country's official newspaper reported.

Sound Transit breaks ground on Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension  RailwayAge Magazine

The Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority has started the construction of a $217 million project to extend light rail 2.4-miles from downtown.

Keolis is doing extra inspections after wheel fell off commuter rail car  The Boston Globe

A commuter rail train derailed near Waltham on Tuesday after a wheel came off one of its cars, causing delays at the height of the morning rush and forcing ...

Annual Lakeshore Model Railroad Association's Open House coming up  YourErie

For many families, a toy or model train around the Christmas tree seems as 'normal' as a star on the top. An event in Lawrence Park brings the magic of trains ...

U.S. Finally Legalizes Modern, European-Style Train Cars  Streetsblog Denver

Rail fans, rejoice. Federal rules no longer bar U.S. passenger rail systems from using modern, lightweight train cars. This week, the Federal Railroad ...

Woman killed in industrial accident at Colbert County rail car plant  WHNT News 19

COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – We're continuing to gather new information on the tragic death of an employee at FreightCar America in Colbert County. The plant ...

Book Review: An anti-passenger-rail manifesto  RailwayAge Magazine

“Romance of the Rails: Why the Passenger Trains We Love Are Not the Transportation We Need.” By Randal O'Toole. Published by the Cato Institute. Reviewed ...

Calling all Fast Trackers nominations!  RailwayAge Magazine

Railway Age presents its fourth annual Fast Trackers awards, in which we will profile ten individuals under the age of 40 who have made an impact in their ...

Second break-in, still no covering at rail car  Rutland Herald

Five months after vandalism at a historic rail car prompted calls for action to preserve it, a man was in court in connection with another alleged incident there.

Branson buys into Brightline  RailwayAge Magazine

Florida's Brightline private higher-speed passenger rail *service* has a new investor, Virgin Group, headed by British billionaire Sir Richard Branson. Virgin Group ...

Transit veteran jumps to Hyperloop  RailwayAge Magazine

Jay Walder, who spent several years at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in executive-level positions, has accepted the CEO post at ...

Moldova taps GE for new power  RailwayAge Magazine

Moldovan Railways (CFM) has ordered 12 GE Transportation Evolution Series TE33AC locomotives, along with parts, training and services. This is the first ...

Father of two killed by CN railcar in New Brunswick  CTV News

The union that represents CN rail workers has identified the person killed at a railyard in Edmundston, N.B., as a 33-year-old father of two.

Rail News - CN awards second rail-car inspection contract to Duos Technologies. For Railroad Career Professionals  Progressive Rail Roading

Duos Technologies Group Inc. has obtained an additional contract from CN to provide the Class I with three additional high-resolution train imaging systems for ...

Amtrak's Anderson not a random choice  RailwayAge Magazine

Watching Washington, November 2018: When a 1978 labor dispute hobbled Northwest Airlines, North Dakota Gov. Arthur A. Link ventured to Minneapolis with a ...

MUL Railcars Adds 10000th Railcar to Fleet  Monitor Daily

MUL Railcars, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Company, reached a significant milestone in the company's growth by adding the 10000th ...

Father of two killed by CN railcar in Edmundston  CTV News

The union that represents CN rail workers has identified the person killed at a railyard in Edmundston, N.B., as a 33-year-old father of two. Teamsters Canada ...

Central Wyoming Model Railroad Association Held Annual Open House  KCWY 13 Where News Comes First

CASPER, Wyo. Interested in running trains? Some Casper residents had their chance. Last weekend, Central Wyoming Model Railroad Association hosted its ...

More metro cars for Montreal  RailwayAge Magazine

Société de Transport de Montréal (STM) has exercised a $340 million (C$448 million) option on an October 2010 contract with the consortium of Bombardier ...

Alberta planning rail car purchase to ease pipeline bottlenecks, Notley says  Seeking Alpha

Alberta is in talks to buy rail cars to ease crude oil pipeline takeaway constraints that have pushed Canadian crude price discounts to record lows, Premie.

BART proposes second SF Bay tunnel  RailwayAge Magazine

Proposals for a second rail tunnel beneath San Francisco Bay were discussed at a meeting of the Bay Area Rapid Transit board of directors on November 15.

Tour of Homes: Terrell Rail Car at Ben Gill Park on Lions Club Lane  Terrell Tribune

Accompanied by a marching band and much fanfare, this railcar arrived in Terrell on a flatbed truck in 1975. It was built around 1890 by the Pullman Co. for the.

CSX taps Trainyard Tech for Selkirk Yard upgrades  RailwayAge Magazine

CSX Transportation has contracted with Trainyard Tech, LLC for a CLASSMASTER™ hump yard process control system and ROUTEMASTER™ receiving yard ...

Developer aims to bring rail car restaurant to Railyard  Santa Fe New Mexican

A central Florida luxury home developer wants to install a restored historic railroad car in the Santa Fe Railyard for use as a restaurant next to retail spaces in ...

Now Serving: Railcar  KETV Omaha

From blackened scallops to brick chicken, the owner of Railcar says his food is inspired by his travels across the country. And he's serving up his dishes from a ...

Veteran power salutes veterans: KCS  RailwayAge Magazine

In observation of Veterans Day (Nov. 12) in the United States, Kansas City Southern (KCS) unveiled 4006, a 13-year-old EMD SD70ACE based at the railroad's ...

Vote clinches deal for Norfolk Southern HQ move to Atlanta  RailwayAge Magazine

Norfolk Southern plans to build a $575 million headquarters complex in downtown Atlanta, after the city approved a $600 million bond offer to lure the Class I ...

Woman killed at northwest Alabama rail car plant identified; OSHA investigating  AL.com

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating after a young woman died in an industrial accident in northwest Alabama Tuesday night.

Indian River will file new lawsuit against Virgin Trains, seek to avoid crossing-maintenance costs  TCPalm

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The county is poised to sue Virgin Trains again, and this time, the cost of improving and maintaining crossings is likely to be the ...

Runaway tank car takes trip from Emmaus to Bethlehem  lehighvalleylive.com

A runaway tank car took a trip on the rails Sunday from Emmaus to Bethlehem. Rail cars were delivered last Tuesday to an interchange point in Emmaus for a ...

Grain rail car cycle times creeping higher  Manitoba Co-operator

Grain is moving well in Western Canada, but rail *service* for canola oil and meal shippers needs to be more predictable. That was Chris Vervaet's,

Youngstown Model Railroad Association holds open house  WYTV

If you want to check out some trains, head to the open house in Austintown this weekend!

Southern Indiana Model Railroad Association Presenting Annual Holiday Train Exhibit  WBIW.com

(SEYMOUR) - The Southern Indiana Model Railroad Association will present its annual holiday model train exhibit from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Dec. 1 and from ...

Q: Is it Safe to Push Train Cars?  Highlands Current

It upsets me every time I see a photo of the Metro-North train that derailed in 2013 in the Bronx, killing my friend, Jim Lovell (Waiting for Metro-North, Nov. 30).