Tank, Hopper and Railcar News

FRA cancels crew-size NPRM  RailwayAge Magazine

Citing that “no regulation of train crew staffing is necessary or appropriate for railroad operations to be conducted safely at this time,” the Federal Railroad ...

Federal Railroad Administration nixes proposed crew size mandate  FreightWaves

The Federal Railroad Administration is withdrawing its notice of proposed rulemaking for train crew staffing. Regulating train crew staffing is not necessary or ...

Rail labor may rue its crew-size strategy  RailwayAge Magazine

News item: The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced May 23 that it is cancelling an April 2014 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to ...

Dealing with disaster  RailwayAge Magazine

When Superstorm Sandy approached New York City in October 2012, the MTA put into practice techniques learned from Hurricane Irena the year before.

Siemer named Heartland Rail VP Leasing  RailwayAge Magazine

Rail industry equipment leasing and finance veteran Matt Siemer has joined Heartland Rail LLC as Vice President of Leasing. He has extensive experience in ...

NTSB: Inadequate planning, training caused Amtrak 501 wreck  RailwayAge Magazine

Failure to provide an effective mitigation method for a hazardous curve and inadequate training of a locomotive engineer is what led to the derailment of an ...

Federal Railroad Administration Withdraws Proposed 'Featherbedding' Train Crew Rule  Competitive Enterprise Institute

Today, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) released a draft notice indicating that it will be withdrawing a 2016 proposed rule that would have required ...

WSDOT to retire Talgo trainsets  RailwayAge Magazine

In the wake of the National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report on the 2017 Amtrak Cascades train 501 wreck on the Port Defiance bypass near ...

AAR: Freight traffic now batting .500  RailwayAge Magazine

Total carloads and half of the 10 carload commodity groups were up year-over-year for the week ended May 18, according to figures released by the Association ...

Railcar economics are as complex as the movement of freight  FreightWaves

Market expert Jim Blaze explains the economics behind railcars. He also provides information about the various types of railcars and what market conditions the ...

NS doles out 58 chemical safety awards  RailwayAge Magazine

Norfolk Southern (NS) recently awarded 58 chemical customers its 2018 Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award, a long-standing initiative to promote safe ...

Virgin Trains USA announces contractors for expansion  RailwayAge Magazine

Virgin Trains USA (formerly Brightline) recently announced that the Hubbard Construction Company, Wharton-Smith Inc., The Middlesex Corporation, Granite ...

Trinity Industries to build railcar maintenance facility in Iowa  FreightWaves

A Trinity Industries subsidiary has bought 230 acres in Iowa to construct a multi-million-dollar railcar maintenance facility. The facility's location in Butler County ...

FreightWaves SONAR now features railcar lease data  FreightWaves

FreightWaves SONAR now features railroad-related data from Commtrex. The article provides insight about the Commtrex, the data it will provide to SONAR and ...

CSX names Bezar Chief Strategy Officer  RailwayAge Magazine

CSX has appointed Farrukh A. Bezar as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. He will lead the development of strategic initiatives that support CSX's ...

LIRR expects to resume full Montauk branch service Monday in wake of derailment  News 12 Long Island

The railroad says it expects normal *service* to resume for Memorial Day on Monday. A holiday schedule will be in place as planned.

Union Pacific: Golden at 150  RailwayAge Magazine

COVER STORY, MAY 2019 - Railway Age antecedent American Railway Times, May 15, 1869: “On May 10, the last rail connecting the tracks of the Union and ...

Railroad’s shift to PSR model puts storage, railcar onus on shippers  FreightWaves

For years, shippers have tapped spare capacity of railcars and tracks as a low-cost option for storing and staging bulk commodities. But the widespread.

The Last Remaining Rail Car That 'Witnessed' the Transcontinental Railroad's Momentous Day  Smithsonian.com

'Crocker's Car' brought the tycoon Leland Stanford to connect the East Coast to the West 150 years ago.

U.S. Senate's top Democrat calls for probe of CTA's Chinese rail car supplier  Chicago Tribune

The Senate's top Democrat is calling on the federal government to step in and investigate whether a plan for new subway cars in New York City designed by a ...

Trump administration withdraws train crew proposal that came after explosions  The Register-Guard

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration said Thursday it was withdrawing a proposal for freight trains to have at least two crew members, nullifying a safety ...

Midwest rail car maintenance hub apparently delayed | Local News  Terre Haute Tribune Star

While one industry has apparently at least postponed an expansion in Terre Haute, another is moving forward with plans to build a second plant.

45G tax credit gaining support  RailwayAge Magazine

Since industry members met with hundreds of Congressional Offices on Railroad Day on Capitol Hill on May 8, the House bill now has 202 co-sponsors and the ...

Six workers transported to the hospital after chlorine leak from rail car in Charleston  Live 5 News WCSC

Emergency officials say six facility workers were transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure following a chlorine leak from a rail car in Charleston on ...

Cincinnati Industrial Auctioneers to Auction off Equipment of World-Class Rail-Car Manufacturer  PRNewswire

CINCINNATI, May 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Cincinnati Industrial Auctioneers, Inc. has been appointed by Nippon Sharyo Manufacturing, LLC to sell the ...

Talgo-SYSTRA tapped for rail-car rebuild  RailwayAge Magazine

The Southern California Regional Rail Authority recently awarded the Talgo-SYSTRA tandem a contract worth $138.9 million to rebuild up to 121 ...

Train car manufacturer to create more than 250 jobs in rural Iowa, invest $60 million  Des Moines Register

Dallas-based Trinity Rail Maintenance Services plans to build a 230-acre site in rural Butler County to maintain and manufacture railcars.

AAR: Following optimism, rail traffic up to its old tricks  RailwayAge Magazine

Despite a recent glimmer of hope, rail traffic was down save for three of the 10 carload commodity groups posting year-over-year increases for the week ended ...

RCR Hempstead Logistics Park holds groundbreaking ceremony  RailwayAge Magazine

With an aim to serve myriad industries with efficient rail access, RCR Hempstead Logistics Park recently held a groundbreaking reception. The 137-acre site, ...

Sorel to serve as WSP USA area manager  RailwayAge Magazine

WSP USA recently announced that Thomas Sorel has been named area manager for the Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota region of the engineering ...

T service down between Dormont and Downtown; Library service also interrupted  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

All light-rail *service* has been interrupted Sunday morning. Both Red and Blue T lines are down between Dormont and Downtown due to a “power issue.”.

Metro-North touts its performance, Way Ahead plan  RailwayAge Magazine

MTA Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi announced that Metro-North's Way Ahead plan has been a boon with regards to safety, *service*, ...

Amtrak: Freedom From Responsibility is Illusory  RailwayAge Magazine

THE FINANCIAL EDGE, MAY 2019 – In a recent TED talk, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey suggested that, in an attempt to combat abusive speech and harassment, ...

Trump administration drops freight-train safety measure that was proposed after explosions  MarketWatch

The Trump administration said Thursday it was withdrawing a proposal for freight trains to have at least two crew members, nullifying a safety measure...

Railroad Day 2019: Cooperation and problem-solving  RailwayAge Magazine

On May 8 more than 400 representatives from the railroad industry participated in 350 Congressional meetings as part of our annual Railroad Day on Capitol ...

AAR: Rail freight traffic “significantly improved”  RailwayAge Magazine

U.S. rail freight traffic appears to be on an upswing, based on figures released by the Association of American Railroads for the week ended April 27. The month ...

Trump administration pulls $929 million in funding for California high-speed rail  CNBC

The Federal Railroad Administration announced Thursday that it terminated a 2010 agreement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority and will pull a ...

AAR: Rail traffic showing signs of life  RailwayAge Magazine

In another possible sign that rail traffic is on the rise, total carloads and North American rail volume were slightly up, some international intermodal volume saw ...

Railroad Day on Capitol Hill tomorrow  RailwayAge Magazine

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 8, railroad industry professionals from across the country will gather to participate in Railroad Day on Capitol Hill. More than 430 ...

Federal agency drops proposed two-person train crew rule  Duluth News Tribune

ST. PAUL — Federal rail authorities have decided that railroad car explosions such as the 2013 ones in North Dakota and Quebec do not prove that requiring ...

From Penn State Altoona, a new generation of railroaders  RailwayAge Magazine

In its eighth year, Penn State Altoona's bachelor of science degree program in Rail Transportation Engineering (RTE) remains the only one of its kind in the ...

Rail News - Schumer calls on feds to investigate Chinese rail-car manufacturer. For Railroad Career Professionals  Progressive Rail Roading

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on the U.S. Department Commerce to investigate whether a Chinese rail-car manufacturer that has obtained ...

Requiem For a Heavyweight  RailwayAge Magazine

FROM THE EDITOR, MAY 2019 - By the time you read this, the largest steam locomotive ever built will have thundered her way from Union Pacific's Steam Shop ...

Union Pacific re-thinks Brazos Yard timing  RailwayAge Magazine

Union Pacific contractors were moving lots of dirt when this reporter visited the Brazos Yard site in Texas in November 2018. The location was to be the new ...

Letter to the Editor: The impact of shutting down Line 5  Sentinel-Standard

To the Editor: If you want to know truth about the impact of shutting down Enbridge Line 5, ask your local propane company. There is a lot of misleading ...

California rightly gets bullet train funding pulled by feds  OCRegister

Like a shoplifter who acts outraged after being caught, California has filed a lawsuit against the federal government for canceling a $929-million grant to build ...

Union Pacific investigating railcar derailment at South Side rail yard  KSAT 12

Union Pacific is investigating after five railcars derailed Saturday morning at a rail yard on the city's South Side.

AC, Dinky trains return; riders further north continue to wait  RailwayAge Magazine

After an absence of more than eight months, trains are finally running again on New Jersey Transit's (NJT) Atlantic City Rail Line (ACRL) between that city and ...

Police: Man arrested after tampering with rail car brakes at Coos Bay railroad  KCBY.com 11

COOS BAY, Ore.. -- Coos County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man Friday on criminal mischief charges after investigating conduct at a Coos Bay Rail Link line.

Part 3 of 6: Is This Tunnel Really Necessary?  RailwayAge Magazine

Ever since Hurricane Sandy devastated the New York and New Jersey region in October 2012, the tunnels under the Hudson River between New Jersey and ...

FRA NPRM Aligns Engineer, Conductor Certification  RailwayAge Magazine

The Federal Railroad Administration recently announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to update the regulation that governs locomotive engineer ...

BR&L acquires ARS  RailwayAge Magazine

Rail and track material provider Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. (BR&L) recently announced that it has acquired Austintown Rail Supply (ARS), a supplier of ...

2nd worker dies from tanker explosion at Elmendorf railcar cleaning facility  mySA

A second worker died late Monday from injuries sustained in an explosion at an Elmendorf railcar cleaning facility last week. Rogelio Noriega, 42, was critically ...

Muni officials say railcar-linking issue on new fleet is bigger than they thought  San Francisco Chronicle

An equipment problem that has stymied Muni's new light-rail fleet is bigger than the agency originally thought, a top official said this week. Between 25 and 30 ...

Rocky Mountaineer pays homage to McLean  RailwayAge Magazine

Canadian rail-tour company Rocky Mountaineer recently revealed that it dedicated one of its new bi-level GoldLeaf *Service* rail cars in honor of David G.A. ...

Wi-Tronix Violet installations, orders top 2000  RailwayAge Magazine

Wi-Tronix, LLC has reached a milestone of more than 2,000 of its Violet Edge locomotive event recorders ordered or installed industry-wide. The Violet Edge ...

AAR and Class I members tell Congress to pass USMCA sooner than later  Logistics Management

While USMCA has still not been formally signed into law, it has the attention of the freight railroad sector, to be sure. And that was presented in a very detailed ...

TRMS to build railcar maintenance facility in Iowa, US  Railway Technology

TrinityRail Maintenance Services (TRMS), a subsidiary of Trinity Industries, has revealed plans to build a railcar maintenance facility in the US state of Iowa.

Trump administration promises to not give away money revoked from California's high-speed rail project as lawsuit proceeds  KGO-TV

The Trump administration says it will not immediately give $1 billion it revoked from California's high-speed rail project to another project.

Federal lawmakers to scrutinize Chinese-owned rail car maker  Boston Business Journal

This article first appeared on MassLive.com. Chinese-owned CRRC MA has been lauded for creating 158 jobs here as it builds Orange Line subway cars for the ...

CAGTC turns 18; adds to Board  RailwayAge Magazine

The Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) recently elected two and re-elected four members to its Board of Directors, as the freight ...

Shipper Frustration Turns Contemptuous  RailwayAge Magazine

WATCHING WASHINGTON, MAY 2019 - Oh, the contempt that drippeth from a judicial petition of the Western Coal Traffic League (WCTL), whose members ship ...

CN: “Very solid results” for 1Q2019  RailwayAge Magazine

In reporting its financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019, CN said it had “very solid results,” including record first-quarter carload ...

STB releases Rate Reform Task Force report  RailwayAge Magazine

The Surface Transportation Board Rate Reform Task Force has completed a staff report providing its recommendations for “possible changes to the rate review ...

The Union Station octogenarian celebration  RailwayAge Magazine

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has invited the public to come celebrate on May 3 and 4 as Union Station turns 80 years ...

Talgo bringing $139 million in rail car overhaul work to Milwaukee  BizTimes.com (Milwaukee)

Spanish train maker Talgo will bring additional work to Milwaukee after its joint venture with Paris-based engineering and consulting firm Systra was awarded a ...

Rail News - House lawmakers introduce bill to protect US rail-car manufacturers. For Railroad Career Professionals  Progressive Rail Roading

A bipartisan group of lawmakers this week introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would prevent federal transit funds from being issued by ...

One dead, one critical after explosion at Elmendorf railcar cleaning facility  mySA

One man was killed and several others were injured, one critically, during a rail tanker explosion Friday afternoon in Elmendorf. Elmendorf Police Chief said ...

CN: RTM growth in 2019  RailwayAge Magazine

CN projects high single-digit Revenue Ton-Mile (RTM) growth during 2019 and price increases above industry inflation rates. So said CN CEO JJ Ruest at the ...

Plenty of blame to go around in fatal Amtrak crash  Tacoma News Tribune

A federal investigation of the 2017 fatal DuPont train wreck determined Amtrak, the Federal Railroad Administration, Washington State Department Of ...

Port of NY-NJ handles record March cargo volume  RailwayAge Magazine

The Port of New York and New Jersey continued besting first-quarter marks, as it handled a record cargo volume in March 2019. The Port saw a record of ...

National Railcar Organization Visits Chehalis Train Depot  Centralia Chronicle

A member of the North American Railcar Operators Association drives a 'speeder' on Thursday down the track at the Chehalis Train Depot.

Second Worker Dies After Rail Car Fire  Spectrum News

A second worker has died following a rail car fire at the Alamo Junction Rail Park on May 10.

Plans for new train station are sidetracked  Progress Index

Feds suspend study on environmental impacts, leave door open for future consideration of sites, including Ettrick. Plans to build a new passenger train station in ...

CP: Dividend increased by 27.5%  RailwayAge Magazine

Canadian Pacific (CP) recently declared a quarterly dividend of $.83 per share on the outstanding Common Shares, an increase of 27.5% to the previous ...

California sues over $1B in canceled high-speed rail money  KRCRTV.COM

California sued Tuesday to block the Trump administration from cancelling nearly $1 billion for the state's high-speed rail project, escalating the state's feud with ...

KCS promotes Adamiak, Gloria Marrufo  RailwayAge Magazine

Kansas City Southern (KCS) announced two promotions within its Chemical & Petroleum and Industrial & Consumer commodity groups, with Ginger Adamiak ...

Root of problem that allowed doors to open on train found, Metro says  WTOP

Metro says it's figured out what caused a 3000 Series rail car to open its doors as it was moving along the Orange Line earlier this week. They've removed 26 ...

Recycling Industry Seeks Relief from Excessive Rail Charges  waste360

ISRI has called on the Surface Transportation Board to address poor rail *service* and skyrocketing fees.

Crews put out rail car fire in West Springfield  WWLP.com

The West Springfield Fire Department put out a rail car fire at the CSX Rail Yard overnight Saturday.

Renovated rail car restaurant on track for June opening in Texarkana  KARK

TEXARKANA, Ark. (KTAL/KMSS) - A 1930s-era train car that was moved to downtown Texarkana last year is on track to open its doors next month.

Rail News - Rocky Mountaineer dedicates new rail car to former CN chairman. For Railroad Career Professionals  Progressive Rail Roading

Rocky Mountaineer founder and owner Peter Armstrong dedicated one of the company's new bi-level GoldLead *Service* rail cars to David McLean, chairman ...

Trinity Industries (TRN) Down 3.2% Since Last Earnings Report: Can It Rebound?  Yahoo Finance

It has been about a month since the last earnings report for Trinity Industries (TRN). Shares have lost about 3.2% in that time frame, outperforming the S&P 500.

KCS redefines two service metrics  RailwayAge Magazine

In an effort to provide a more complete view of customer *service* and operational performance on its network, Kansas City Southern (KCS) has revised the ...

Eng: LIRR's new trains still being tested  Newsday

The railroad was to debut its "M9" electric car fleet by the end of May, the first rollout of a new fleet since the LIRR's M7 trains began *service* in 2002.

Derailment cleanup nearly complete in Wyomissing [Video]  Reading Eagle

Train cars hauling trash ran off the tracks on April 16 behind the 1200 block of Penn Avenue.

Bentley acquires Keynetix  RailwayAge Magazine

Infrastructure design, construction and operations software provider Bentley Systems, Inc. recently announced its acquisition of Keynetix, a U.K.-based provider ...

TTC ticked by Flexity issues  RailwayAge Magazine

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has been experiencing significant in- *service* reliability issues with its fleet of new Bombardier-built Flexity Outlook LRVs.

Swartley promoted to STV VP  RailwayAge Magazine

STV, Inc. recently announced that it has promoted Brandon Swartley, P.E., to Vice President. A veteran in the traction power systems industry, Swartley joined ...

ID from Honduras found on dead body in rail car, police say  KAIT

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (KAIT) - Investigators found an identification from Honduras on the body found Saturday inside a rail freight car in West Memphis, ...

A-Line train to DIA disrupted after collision between semi-tractor trailer and light-rail car  Sentinel Colorado

AURORA | Light rail *service* along the RTD A-Line was disrupted and the intersection of Sable Boulevard and East Smith Road was shut down Monday morning ...

World rolling stock market - May 2019  Railway Gazette International

Australia: Aurizon has ordered 264 coal hopper wagons from CRRC Yangtze. Half of the 1 067 mm gauge wagons are to be delivered this year and the...

CTA Fans Can Ride Vintage 1923 Rail Car All Day To Raise Money For Heritage Fleet, Trolley Museum  CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — History buffs can take a trip back in time on board a vintage CTA train next month, criss-crossing the city's 'L' system on rail cars built in the ...

Trump administration withdraws $US 1bn California high-speed grant  International Railway Journal

The administration of US president Donald Trump has withdrawn nearly $US 1bn in grant funding for California's high-speed rail programme.

Rail News - ARCI: Mixed results for Q1 rail-car orders, deliveries. For Railroad Career Professionals  Progressive Rail Roading

Rail-car orders in first-quarter 2019 totaled 9,663 units compared with 19,995 units at the end of the fourth quarter and 10,348 in first-quarter 2018, according to ...

Fleet Advantage survey shows how fleets lack access to business intelligence to lower their total cost of ownership  American Journal of Transportation

Fleet Advantage, a leading innovator in truck fleet business analytics, equipment financing, and lifecycle cost management announced today results of its latest ...

Lease, bonding shield taxpayers from risk in West Plains car factory development, officials say  The Spokesman-Review

A proposed agreement offers protections for local taxpayers, and the West Plains Airport Area Public Development Authority, including financial benchmarks, ...

DHS Warnings About Chinese Technology Add To Concerns With Ongoing Trade Tensions  NPR

The federal government is warning energy companies and big-city transit systems not to use Chinese-made drones and rail cars for fear they could all be used ...

Why the future of US data regulation must come from Congress  The Next Web

As of May 2019, over 20 US states have introduced bills seeking to regulate data privacy, data security, or some combination of the two. While many of these ...

Rail News - Oregon Sens. Wyden, Merkley express concerns over UP layoffs. For Railroad Career Professionals  Progressive Rail Roading

Railroad industry news about: Union Pacific Railroad, UP, Hinkle Yard, Hermiston, Oregon, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, U.S. Sen. Jeffrey Merkley, prescision ...