Category: News

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, […]

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 […]

Locomotive engineers’ union calls for limiting freight train lengths

In-train forces of longer trains change the ways engineers maneuver trains, BLET says By Joanna Marsh for The argument over whether the Class I railroads should deploy longer trains continues, with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) recently calling on the Federal Railroad Administration to issue an emergency order that would limit […]


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NTSB investigating BNSF coal-train derailment in Colorado

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the Oct. 15 BNSF Railway Co. coal-train derailment off a bridge over Interstate 25 near Pueblo, Colorado. A truck driver was killed in the accident. Photos taken by the Colorado State Patrol show a partially collapsed bridge with the semi-truck caught underneath. The photos also show rail cars and coal scattered […]


Our October TCU Veteran of the Month is Brother Tom Wertenberger of LL 1908. Tom served in the United States Navy for 27 years from 1967 to 1994. He served on destroyers, cruisers, and amphibious ships as well as staffs. During his service, he held a myriad of positions such as Gunnery Officer, First Lieutenant, […]

Union Pacific sued by U.S. government and former employees over flawed vision test used to disqualify color blind railroad workers

The suit announced Monday by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of 21 former workers is the first the government filed in what could eventually be hundreds — if not thousands — of lawsuits. BY  JOSH FUNK   AND   THE ASSOCIATED PRESS via The lawsuit announced Monday by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on […]

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