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Railway Age is a monthly magazine circulated at the management levels of North American freight and passenger railroads. Published since 1856, it is the transport industry’s oldest trade magazine. Emphasis is placed on technology, operations, strategic planning, marketing, and other issues such as legislative and labor/management developments.

Dr. Gary Fry of #TTCI joins @RailwayAge #RailInsights19 to discuss Railway R&D, the Leading Edge. To register, visit: ra...
05/14/2019

Dr. Gary Fry of #TTCI joins @RailwayAge #RailInsights19 to discuss Railway R&D, the Leading Edge. To register, visit: railwayage.com/insights/

After an absence of more than eight months, the Atlantic City Rail Line and "Dinky" trains are running again. https://ww...
05/13/2019
A.C., Dinky trains return; riders further north continue to wait - Railway Age

After an absence of more than eight months, the Atlantic City Rail Line and "Dinky" trains are running again. https://www.railwayage.com/passenger/commuterregional/a-c-dinky-trains-return-riders-further-north-continue-to-wait/

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 Philadelphia, and on the “Dinky” from Princeton Junction toward Princeton.

"These stories are being replicated in state after state across the country. They are stories that demonstrate the creat...
05/13/2019
Railroad Day 2019: Cooperation and problem-solving - Railway Age

"These stories are being replicated in state after state across the country. They are stories that demonstrate the creative spirit and problem-solving mindset of railroad entrepreneurs." https://www.railwayage.com/freight/railroad-day-2019-cooperation-and-problem-solving/

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 Hill.

It's Amtrak vs. Norfolk Southern in a "Twittersphere disparagement"  for the ages. https://www.railwayage.com/passenger/...
05/10/2019
Amtrak: Freedom From Responsibility is Illusory - Railway Age

It's Amtrak vs. Norfolk Southern in a "Twittersphere disparagement" for the ages. https://www.railwayage.com/passenger/amtrak-freedom-from-responsibility-is-illusory/

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, Twitter would consider moving from threads written by individuals to topic threads. Dorsey suggested these interest networks would be easier to monito...

Join Michael Sussman, President, Strategic Rail Finance, at #RailInsights19 on June 5 & 6 in Chicago. View the whole age...
05/10/2019

Join Michael Sussman, President, Strategic Rail Finance, at #RailInsights19 on June 5 & 6 in Chicago. View the whole agenda at railwayage.com/insights

Join Patrick Ottensmeyer, President and CEO, #KansasCitySouthern at #RailInsights19 on June 5 & 6 in Chicago. View the w...
05/09/2019

Join Patrick Ottensmeyer, President and CEO, #KansasCitySouthern at #RailInsights19 on June 5 & 6 in Chicago. View the whole agenda at railwayage.com/insights

Ron Lindsey of Strategic Railroading LLC joins #RailInsights19 to discuss: Technology Is Expanding, but Where Are the Te...
05/07/2019

Ron Lindsey of Strategic Railroading LLC joins #RailInsights19 to discuss: Technology Is Expanding, but Where Are the Technologists? For more info, visit: www.railwayage.com/insights

CN posted a very solid first quarter and is GROWING THE TOP LINE! Carload volumes are a first-quarter record. https://ww...
04/30/2019
CN: “Very solid results” for 1Q2019 - Railway Age

CN posted a very solid first quarter and is GROWING THE TOP LINE! Carload volumes are a first-quarter record. https://www.railwayage.com/freight/class-i/cn-very-solid-results-for-1q2019/

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 volumes, the addition of C$350 million of top-line growth and improved year-over-year car velocity.

Union Pacific isn’t hurrying to finish Brazos Yard. COO Jim Vena is definitely in charge here. https://www.railwayage....
04/30/2019
Union Pacific re-thinks Brazos Yard timing - Railway Age

Union Pacific isn’t hurrying to finish Brazos Yard. COO Jim Vena is definitely in charge here. https://www.railwayage.com/freight/union-pacific-re-thinks-brazos-yard-timing/

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 crown of UP’s capabilities to improve and increase volume and service to the expanding customer base in the Houston and Gulf Coast chemical a...

Here is Part 2 of an exclusive six-part, in-depth analysis of the Gateway Project by Contributing Editor David Peter Ala...
04/22/2019
Part 2 of 6: Politicians Wrangle as Costs Climb - Railway Age

Here is Part 2 of an exclusive six-part, in-depth analysis of the Gateway Project by Contributing Editor David Peter Alan. https://www.railwayage.com/passenger/part-2-of-6-politicians-wrangle-as-costs-climb/

The original Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) Project started with a semblance of consensus but ended its 15-year life in controversy. Its replacement, Gateway, was proposed in February 2011, and has been surrounded by controversy for the entire eight years of its life, so far. The politicians an...

Full circle: Carl Icahn buys ARI. Icahn tries to buy GBRX and fails. Icahn sells ARI to hedge fund ITE. ITE now selling ...
04/18/2019
Greenbrier acquiring ARI - Railway Age

Full circle: Carl Icahn buys ARI. Icahn tries to buy GBRX and fails. Icahn sells ARI to hedge fund ITE. ITE now selling ARI to GBRX. More consolidation in the freight car market! https://www.railwayage.com/financeleasing/greenbrier-acquiring-ari/

In a transaction valued at $400 million, the Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (GBRX) has entered into an agreement to acquire the manufacturing business of American Railcar Industries (ARI) from ITE Management LP (ITE), the hedge fund that bought ARI from investor Carl Icahn in December 2018. GBX said the...

Congratulations once again to our Short Line & Regional Railroads of the Year, the Louisville & Indiana Railroad (LIRC) ...
04/16/2019
LIRC, RCPE accept Railway Age awards - Railway Age

Congratulations once again to our Short Line & Regional Railroads of the Year, the Louisville & Indiana Railroad (LIRC) and the Rapid City Pierre & Eastern! https://www.railwayage.com/freight/short-lines-regionals/lirc-rcpe-accept-railway-age-awards/

The Louisville & Indiana Railroad (LIRC) and the Rapid City Pierre & Eastern accepted Railway Age’s annual Short Line & Regional Railroads of the Year Awards at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) CONNECTIONS Convention in Orlando, Fla., on April 9.

The only thing constant is change. After 15 years, the NRC is severing its relationship with Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell...
04/13/2019
NRC ousts CCH - Railway Age

The only thing constant is change. After 15 years, the NRC is severing its relationship with Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell. https://www.railwayage.com/mw/breaking-news-nrc-ousts-cch/

The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) is severing ties with Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell LLC (CCH), the Washington, D.C. lobbying firm that has been managing NRC’s operations for the past 15 years.

A very useful and informative treatise on how railroads can deal with cyber-security threats. https://www.railwayage.com...
04/11/2019
Improving railroad cyber-threat resilience - Railway Age

A very useful and informative treatise on how railroads can deal with cyber-security threats. https://www.railwayage.com/safety/improving-railroad-cyber-threat-resilience/

Railroads are a critical component of America’s transportation infrastructure, and have been making significant investments in advanced networked computer control systems and information technologies. This has enabled the employment of new capabilities such as “Positive Train Control and “Prec...

Ironhorse Resources, Inc. acquired the Sequatchie Valley Railroad (SQVR) and the Walking Horse and Eastern Railroad (WHO...
04/09/2019
Ironhorse Resources acquires two short lines - Railway Age

Ironhorse Resources, Inc. acquired the Sequatchie Valley Railroad (SQVR) and the Walking Horse and Eastern Railroad (WHOE). They have been renamed Sequatchie Valley Switching Company (SQSC) and the Walking Horse Railroad (WHRR). https://www.railwayage.com/freight/switching-terminal/ironhorse-resources-acquires-two-short-lines/

Ironhorse Resources, Inc. on April 9 acquired two Tennessee-based Class III carriers: the Sequatchie Valley Railroad (SQVR) and the Walking Horse and Eastern Railroad (WHOE). They have been renamed Sequatchie Valley Switching Company (SQSC) and the Walking Horse Railroad (WHRR).

Few can tell a story about Capitol Hill intrigue involving railroads better than Contributing Editor Frank N. Wilner. He...
04/08/2019
Sen. Fritz Hollings’ role in rail merger policy - Railway Age

Few can tell a story about Capitol Hill intrigue involving railroads better than Contributing Editor Frank N. Wilner. Here’s what the obituaries didn’t mention about former Sen. Fritz Hollings, who died April 6 at 97. https://www.railwayage.com/regulatory/sen-fritz-hollings-role-in-rail-merger-policy/

Somewhat buried in history is that today’s railroad map is a product of behind-the-scenes actions by former Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ernest Frederick (Fritz) Hollings (D-S.C.), who died April 6 at age 97. He was Commerce Committee Chairman 1987-1995 and 2001-2003, during years Democrats ...

We think you’ll enjoy this exclusive six-part, in-depth analysis of the Gateway Project by Contributing Editor David P...
04/08/2019
PART 1 OF 6: An ARC With No Covenant - Railway Age

We think you’ll enjoy this exclusive six-part, in-depth analysis of the Gateway Project by Contributing Editor David Peter Alan. We begin with a bit of history. https://www.railwayage.com/passenger/part-1-of-6-an-arc-with-no-covenant/

Anyone connected with the series of passenger rail projects in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area known collectively as Gateway will claim that their eventual completion is inevitable, much like former California Gov. Jerry Brown claimed that completion of the virtually defunct California Hig...

The company said its “underwhelming” earnings were expected and should be confined to the quarter. https://www.railw...
04/05/2019
Greenbrier “underwhelming” earnings temporary: Furman - Railway Age

The company said its “underwhelming” earnings were expected and should be confined to the quarter. https://www.railwayage.com/news/greenbrier-underwhelming-earnings-temporary-furman/

The Greenbrier Companies, in reporting financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended Feb. 28, said earnings it characterized as “underwhelming” due to certain one-time charges were expected and should be confined to the quarter.

Strength in numbers: No fewer than 18 North American trade associations representing railroads, truckers and their custo...
04/05/2019
Fighting Trump’s border-slowdown threat - Railway Age

Strength in numbers: No fewer than 18 North American trade associations representing railroads, truckers and their customers that ship between the United States and Mexico have joined forces to communicate the folly of Trump’s border closure threat. https://www.railwayage.com/freight/fighting-trumps-border-slowdown-threat/

Eighteen North American trade associations representing railroads, truckers and their customers that ship between the United States and Mexico have joined forces to tell the Trump Administration and Congress that restricting cross-border trade by either complete shutdown or slowdown, as President Tr...

Commuter rail now has a stronger, single-purpose voice on Capitol Hill: The newly formed Commuter Rail Coalition. Check ...
04/04/2019
A new voice for commuter rail - Railway Age

Commuter rail now has a stronger, single-purpose voice on Capitol Hill: The newly formed Commuter Rail Coalition. Check out the all-star cast! https://www.railwayage.com/passenger/commuterregional/a-new-voice-for-commuter-rail/

“Commuter rail,” says Metra CEO and Executive Director Jim Derwinski, “needs a distinct voice.” Derwinski and a group of current and former passenger rail industry executives led by former New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Director of Regulatory Affairs, Corporate Standards and ...

Take a ride on our rail freight traffic roller-coaster. It's not all downhill screaming. And shut down the U.S. Mexico b...
04/03/2019
Rail freight traffic: What’s going on here? - Railway Age

Take a ride on our rail freight traffic roller-coaster. It's not all downhill screaming. And shut down the U.S. Mexico border? Really? https://www.railwayage.com/freight/class-i/rail-freight-traffic-whats-going-on-here/

We traditionally have reported the Association of American Railroads weekly compilation of freight traffic statistics as “straight news,” with commentary restricted to what the AAR may include in the release, which is rare. In this case, there’s a lot going on here, enough to warrant some anal...

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