Month: April 2022

Poor rail service threatens U.S. economy, shippers tell federal regulators

By Bill Stephens for trains.com At second day of hearings, BNSF and UP say they are working to hire conductors and improve service Utilities are worried that the slowdown in coal deliveries could threaten U.S. electricity supply and destabilize the power grid. Chemical producers say erratic rail service has forced them to curtail production of […]

How will railroads flourish in a renewable-energy world? — Analysis

By Chase Gunnoe for trains.com Shift from fossil fuels provides opportunities to tout environmental benefits of rail Railroads will not replace each coal hopper with a flat car of windmill blades, but America’s commitment to increasing its use of renewable energy is altering the relationship between railroads and energy. Whether through the transportation of raw […]

Unions turn down pay-advance offer from railroads

Monthly payments of up to $600 would be repaid when new contract is reached Courtesy text of trains.com Rail unions have turned down a proposal for advance payments while bargaining over a new national contract continues, according to the organization representing railroads in the negotiations. The offer to provide advance payments of up to $600 […]

STB seeks ways to quickly ease railroad service problems

Railroads say they’re working to address crew shortages, but shippers and rail labor blame Precision Scheduled Railroading for gutting rail capacity By Bill Stephens for trains.com There were more questions than answers on Tuesday as federal regulators sought ways to remedy railroad service problems that defy a quick fix because they are rooted in a […]

UP defends precision scheduled railroading amid service struggles

Union Pacific’s net profit rose 22% to $1.6 billion in Q1 By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com Service issues Union Pacific experienced in the first quarter weren’t due to precision scheduled railroading but to crew shortages, executives told investors during UP’s first-quarter 2022 earnings call Thursday. Rail stakeholders, such as the unions and some trade groups, have […]

‘At What Point is This Not Worth It?’

Written by Alex L. Kosanda for railwayage.com Editor’s Note: The Surface Transportation Board is conducting an in-person hearing April 26-27 (EP 770, Urgent Issues in Freight Rail Service) with the CEOs of the “Big Four” Class I railroads—BNSF, CSX, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific—on service problems. Alex L. Kosanda, the wife of a BNSF locomotive engineer, sent […]

Court to UP: Cease ‘Antiunion Animus’

Written by Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor for railwayage.com Novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me.” They also are very different from the labor union brothers and sisters they employ. Take, for example, Union Pacific (UP), which boasts of a spectacularly successful […]

‘The Game Has Changed’

Written by Michael Paul Lindsey II, Locomotive Engineer, Union Pacific via railwayage.com Editor’s Note: The Surface Transportation Board is conducting an in-person hearing April 26-27 (EP 770, Urgent Issues in Freight Rail Service) with the CEOs of the “Big Four” Class I railroads—BNSF, CSX, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific—on service problems. Union Pacific Locomotive Engineer Michael Paul […]

‘What Choice Do I Have?’ Freight Train Conductors Are Forced to Work Tired, Sick, and Stressed

Workers have had to choose between work and attending funerals for loved ones, parenting their kids, and going to the doctor, 45 BNSF employees told Motherboard. By Aaron Gordon for vice.com Two weeks ago, a BNSF freight train conductor, who asked not to be named so he could speak freely about his experience, fell asleep […]

Union Pacific reopening Pine Bluff shop

by I.C. Murrell for arkansasonline.com Some furloughed employees are being called back to Union Pacific’s Pine Bluff yard to support repairing locomotives, a spokesperson for the Omaha, Neb.-based railroad company confirmed Friday. A round of layoffs at UP affected 700 people and included closure of the locomotive shop in Pine Bluff in February 2019, according […]

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