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United Rail to apply PSR to its short lines

Rail News Home Short Lines & Regionals 10/25/2018 Rail News: Short Lines & Regionals
image United Rail Chief Executive Officer Michael BarronPhoto – United Rail Inc.'s website

United Rail Inc. announced it will implement precision scheduled railroading (PSR) on its short lines, starting with the Winamac Southern Railway in Kokomo, Indiana.

United Rail is the first short-line operator to implement PSR on short lines, company officials said in a press release.

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AAR: U.S. intermodal volume up, carloads down in Week 42

After a long string of weekly carload gains, U. S. railroads registered a decline in the year’s 42nd week. For the week ending Oct. 20, the roads posted 265,776 carloads, down 0.7 percent compared with volume in the same week last year, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data.

However, their weekly intermodal volume increased 1.6 percent to 289,330 units and total traffic inched up 0.5 percent to 555,106 units.

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UP touts Q3 financial performance, Unified Plan 2020 progress

By Jeff Stagl, Managing Editor

Today, Union Pacific Railroad announced its third-quarter diluted earnings per share reached $2.15, representing a 43 percent year-over-year increase and an all-time quarterly record.

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UP touts Q3 financial performance, Unified Plan 2020 progress

By Jeff Stagl, Managing Editor

Today, Union Pacific Railroad announced its third-quarter diluted earnings per share reached $2.15, representing a 43 percent year-over-year increase and an all-time quarterly record.

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DART re-elects Bauman chair

Rail News Home Railroading People 10/24/2018 Rail News: Railroading People
image Sue Bauman first became chair in 2017.Photo – DART

Dallas Area Rapid Transit's (DART) board has re-elected Sue Bauman as chair for fiscal-year 2019.

Bauman was appointed to the board in 2016 and was elected chair in 2017. She previously served as DART's vice president of marketing and communications until she retired in 2011, when she became an adjunct instructor at Richland College.

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NJ Transit fast-tracks locomotive engineer training

Rail News Home Labor 10/24/2018 Rail News: Labor
image The program cuts the training time for new engineers from 20 months to 12.Photo – NJ Transit

New Jersey Transit last week began a new accelerated training course as part of an effort to address a shortage of locomotive engineers.

The program reduces the training time for new engineers to 12 months from 20. For the program's inaugural run, NJ Transit is teaching 14 assistant conductors to become rail engineers.

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Caltrain reports progress on electrification plans

Caltrain this month entered a new manufacturing phase for its first electric trainset.

Crews have begun preparing the first two car shells for interior installation, Caltrain officials said in an web update on the railroad's electrification plans.

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Katoen Natie opens UP-served plastic packaging facility in Texas

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 10/24/2018 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
imageUnion Pacific Railroad and logistics and distribution services provider Katoen Natie last week held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new plastic packaging facility in the Prime Pointe Industrial Park in Dallas.The Katoen Natie facility — which features 262,000 square feet of warehouse space — is the latest addition to the 3,000-acre industrial park, which has attracted new business opportunities as a result of the park's access to freight rail, according to a UP press release.Future expansions of Katoen Natie's facility could increase capacity to 2.5 million feet, company officials said. The location will enable the company's customers to diversify export channels to global markets. Producers will ship bulk rail cars filled with plastic resin pellets to the warehouse where the pellets will be packaged and loaded into intermodal containers. UP will then transport the containers to ocean ports via its Dallas-to-Dock intermodal service."Katoen Natie‘s Dallas location is a great example of freight-rail utilization to provide growth opportunities and overall economic development for this region," said Kari Kichhoefer, UP's vice president-industrial.Adds Katoen Natie USA President Frank Vingerhoets: ”With this new Dallas-to-Dock location we continue to expand our local and international network of logistic hubs. It will provide our customers an alternative export solution and a back up to their current export flows.”

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FRA's Ries receives Operation Lifesaver's Champion Award

Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI) has presented its Champion Award to the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) Ronald Ries.

Established in 2010, the award recognizes individuals who advance OLI's community safety goals. In particular, the award honors someone who has "contributed significantly" toward any of the three "E's" of rail safety: eductaion, enforcement or engineering, OLI officials said in a press release.

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Katoen Natie opens UP-served plastic packaging facility in Texas

Rail News Home Union Pacific Railroad 10/24/2018 Rail News: Union Pacific Railroad
imageUnion Pacific Railroad and logistics and distribution services provider Katoen Natie last week held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new plastic packaging facility in the Prime Pointe Industrial Park in Dallas.The Katoen Natie facility — which features 262,000 square feet of warehouse space — is the latest addition to the 3,000-acre industrial park, which has attracted new business opportunities as a result of the park's access to freight rail, according to a UP press release.Future expansions of Katoen Natie's facility could increase capacity to 2.5 million feet, company officials said. The location will enable the company's customers to diversify export channels to global markets. Producers will ship bulk rail cars filled with plastic resin pellets to the warehouse where the pellets will be packaged and loaded into intermodal containers. UP will then transport the containers to ocean ports via its Dallas-to-Dock intermodal service."Katoen Natie‘s Dallas location is a great example of freight-rail utilization to provide growth opportunities and overall economic development for this region," said Kari Kichhoefer, UP's vice president-industrial.Adds Katoen Natie USA President Frank Vingerhoets: ”With this new Dallas-to-Dock location we continue to expand our local and international network of logistic hubs. It will provide our customers an alternative export solution and a back up to their current export flows.”

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Texas DOT breaks ground on Presidio rail bridge reconstruction

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Texas Pacifico Transportation Ltd. (TXPF) officials on Monday marked the start of reconstruction of the Presidio-Ojinaga international rail bridge in Presidio, Texas.

Located on the TxDOT-owned South Orient rail line, the bridge was severely damaged by fire in 2008 and 2009. The 391-mile rail line runs from the Texas-Mexico border at Presidio through San Angelo to just south of Coleman.

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CN reports 'solid' growth, record revenue in Q3

CN reported yesterday its third-quarter net income rose 18.4 percent to CA$1.1 million from CA$958 million in the same period a year ago.

Diluted earnings per share (EPS) in the quarter increased 21 percent to CA$1.54 over the Q3 2017 total. Adjusted net income climbed 11 percent to CA$1.1 million, while adjusted diluted EPS climbed 15 percent to CA$1.50, CN officials said in a press release.

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CN reports 'solid' growth, record revenue in Q3

CN reported yesterday its third-quarter net income rose 18.4 percent to CA$1.1 million from CA$958 million in the same period a year ago.

Diluted earnings per share (EPS) in the quarter increased 21 percent to CA$1.54 over the Q3 2017 total. Adjusted net income climbed 11 percent to CA$1.1 million, while adjusted diluted EPS climbed 15 percent to CA$1.50, CN officials said in a press release.

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NS announces record Q3 results, plans to implement PSR

Norfolk Southern Corp. this morning announced record third-quarter financial results, including operating net income of $1 billion — a 14 percent increase compared with the same period a year ago.

While announcing Q3 results, NS officials also shared plans to implement aspects of precision scheduled railroading (PSR) as part of a new operating plan, the details of which will be unveiled at the Class I's investor day event to be held in Atlanta in February 2019.

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NS announces record Q3 results, plans to implement PSR

Norfolk Southern Corp. this morning announced record third-quarter financial results, including operating net income of $1 billion — a 14 percent increase compared with the same period a year ago.

While announcing Q3 results, NS officials also shared plans to implement aspects of precision scheduled railroading (PSR) as part of a new operating plan, the details of which will be unveiled at the Class I's investor day event to be held in Atlanta in February 2019.

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Rail supplier news from Sivyer, WSP, STV and Koppers (Oct. 23)

Rail News Home Railroading Supplier Spotlight 10/23/2018 Rail News: Railroading Supplier Spotlight
image Sivyer Steel Corp. has been acquired by a group of investors primarily based in the Quad Cities area.Photo – sivyersteel.com

Steel casting firm Sivyer Steel Corp. has been acquired for $6.5 million in cash from a group of investors based predominately in the Quad Cities area. The company, which had been owned by FCF Partners LP of Milwaukee since 1999, will continue operations under the name Sivyer Steel Castings LLC. The company's primary assets include a 325,000-square-foot facility located on a 20-acre industrial campus along the Mississippi River, according to a Sivyer press release. Sivyer provides steel castings to manufacturers of industrial equipment in the passenger-rail, mining, military and oil and gas industries.

WSP USA has named Chris Ferguson central region transit and rail market lead. Based in Chicago, Ferguson will drive business development, synchronize teaming relationships, coordinate and communicate with clients and support technical projects. He has more than 10 years of transit and rail industry expertise, including with Class Is. Ferguson has also worked on projects for Metra, the Chicago Transit Authority, SunRail in Central Florida, the Utah Transit Authority and Rio Metro in New Mexico.

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BART opens new downtown Berkeley plaza

Rail News Home Passenger Rail 10/23/2018 Rail News: Passenger Rail
image Local officials cut the ceremonial ribbon for the new plaza.Photo – Bay Area Rapid Transit

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has opened a new $13 million plaza above its station in downtown Berkeley, California.

The structure features a new main entrance with a glass floor that illuminates from below at night and allows natural light into the station, agency officials said in a press release.

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Vegalab to expand shipping services on BNSF line in San Joaquin Valley

Rail News Home Shippers 10/23/2018 Rail News: Shippers
imageVegalab Inc., an agricultural products company, has acquired the Tuttle Creek Dock property in Merced, California, which is located on a BNSF Railway Co. main line.The property consists of 27.33 acres and an 18,750-square-foot transit warehouse. Vegalab will use the transit warehouse and introduce shipping services to its existing portfolio. The company purchased the property for $2.5 million, Vegalab officials said in a press release.The company will leverage the property's strategic location, which is surrounded by large agricultural enterprises that could benefit from its line of biologically derived pesticides, fertilizers, and specialty agricultural products, they said."We recognized the Tuttle Creek Dock property as an opportunity to rapidly expand our footprint in the San Joaquin Valley," said Vegalab Chief Executive Officer David Selakovic. "The Cross Dock generates revenue based on the number of railroad cars. We believe we can increase the volume of cars doing business at Tuttle Creek over time."

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FIT opens new terminal at Port Everglades

Rail News Home Intermodal 10/23/2018 Rail News: Intermodal
image The new terminal has double the number of entry gates.Photo – fitpev.com

Florida International Terminal LLC (FIT) has opened a new 32-acre containerized cargo terminal at Port Everglades in Broward County.

The new terminal has double the number of entry gates and adds scales, heavy equipment technology and increased stacked capacity, Broward County officials said in a press release.

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Oregon governor's transportation plan calls for high-speed rail

Rail News Home High-Speed Rail 10/23/2018 Rail News: High-Speed Rail
image Gov. Kate Brown has expressed support for high-speed rail service between Vancouver, British Columbia and Portland.Photo – Gov. Brown's Flickr account

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown late last week released a new transportation plan that calls for establishing high-speed rail in the state.

Brown has expressed support for establishing high-speed rail service between Vancouver, British Columbia and Portland. She has directed the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to work with Washington state, British Columbia and Microsoft officials to finalize a business case study that would refine options for public and private investment in high-speed rail in the area, according to the plan.

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