Last week, TCU and Carmen Division leaders attended the Federal Railroad Administration’s 2nd annual Rail Share Conference in Kansas City to engage directly with industry and government leaders on rail safety issues.  Speaking to a packed audience of FRA officials and Class 1 railroad managers and executives, TCU National Legislative Director Dave Arouca led a presentation […]

Labor unions urge regulators to press big U.S. railroads on employment and service levels

Article courtesy of Small increases in number of train crews, maintenance of way employees, and shop workers are not enough, unions claim A coalition of rail labor unions has criticized the U.S. Class I railroads’ hiring efforts, their pace of service improvements, and the industry’s safety record in a filing with the Surface Transportation […]

Union Pacific Fired Him Rather Than Heed His Warnings of Dangerous Rail Conditions

by Danelle Morton and Topher Sanders, with additional reporting by Jessica Lussenhop for Time and again, Johnny Taylor’s duty to keep the rails safe from disaster conflicted with his employer’s desire to keep its trains running as fast and as frequently as possible, putting his career and family in peril. AS HE WALKED ALONG THE SPONGY,damp Louisiana marshland, […]

MARK ALLEN HUIZENGA March 26, 1947 – November 13, 2023

MARK ALLEN HUIZENGA, 76, of Camanche, IA, died Monday, November 13, 2023, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, IL.  His funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 17, 2023, at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Fulton, IL, with Rev. John Byker, retired pastor, officiating. A […]

Union Pacific eliminates management jobs as part of plan to speed decision making at the railroad

BY JOSH FUNK for OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific is trimming the ranks of the railroad’s management employees as part of the new CEO’s push to eliminate layers of bosses involved in decision making. The railroad, based in Omaha, Nebraska, said Wednesday that it is eliminating less than 5% of its roughly 5,600 management jobs. Everyone […]

Norfolk Southern investing in more automated inspection systems on its railroad to improve safety

BY JOSH FUNK For To help quickly spot safety defects on moving trains, Norfolk Southern said Thursday it has installed the first of more than a dozen of a new generation of automated inspection portals on its tracks in Ohio — not far from where one of its trains careened off the tracks in February and spilled […]

Union Pacific railroad’s quarterly profit falls 19% as volumes slow and costs remain high

By JOSH FUNK – AP OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific’s third-quarter profit fell 19% as the railroad hauled about 3% fewer shipments and costs remained high, but the average speed of its trains improved 5% as new CEO Jim Vena began to tweak the operations. Union Pacific said it earned $1.53 billion or $2.51 […]

Attention all De Soto Shop Retirees

On behalf of our Christmas Home Tour Committee, I want to thank you and the Railroad Employees’ Memorial Committee for allowing us to feature the beautiful Railroad Employees’ Memorial on our 2023 Christmas Home Tour. Our committee would like to invite any and all from the Railroad Employees’ Memorial Committee as well as any retired […]

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December 2023