Union Pacific lowers 2021 expectations as intermodal volume slumps

Crew shortages affecting service and efficiency By Bill Stephens for trains.com NASHVILLE — Union Pacific has trimmed its volume, productivity, and operating-ratio expectations for the year amid sluggish operations and a sharp decline in international intermodal traffic due to global supply chain problems. UP now says it will see a 4% volume gain this year, down […]

Union Pacific asks regulators to delay, extend review of CP-KCS merger

Chemical shippers also seek longer comment period By Bill Stephens for trains.com WASHINGTON – Union Pacific has asked federal regulators to delay and extend their review of the proposed merger of Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern. UP wants the Surface Transportation Board to treat the CP-KCS merger application as if it were filed on […]

Norfolk Southern service deteriorates amid crew shortages

By Bill Stephens for trains.com Railroad steps up hiring efforts in tight job market ATLANTA — Norfolk Southern’s service has deteriorated over the past six weeks amid crew shortages and operational changes, according to shippers and connecting railroads. Some expressed concern that the railroad is teetering on the brink of a meltdown as train speed falls, […]

Railroads fight with unions in court over vaccine mandates

Another major railroad has gone to court to determine whether it has the authority to require all its employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus By JOSH FUNK AP Business Writer for abcnews.go.com OMAHA, Neb. — Another major railroad has gone to court to determine whether it has the authority to require all its employees […]

The perils of precision scheduled railroading

‘Many things go undetected and it’s starting to show’ By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com Although almost all of the Class I railroads have been deploying precision scheduled railroading (PSR), an operational model that seeks to streamline operations, for several years already, a number of issues keep the debate over its value alive. The railroads have argued that […]

Richard F. Nelson 1937-2021

Richard F. Nelson age 84 of Clinton, Iowa, passed away Wednesday Nov. 3, 2021 at his daughter’s home in Sioux City, Iowa. Funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Monday Nov. 8th at the Pape Funeral Home, Clinton. Visitation will be held Monday 10:00 AM until the service hour at the Pape Funeral Home. Burial […]

STB allows Minnesota shipper’s complaint against Union Pacific to proceed

Filing alleges reduced service violates railroad’s common carrier obligation Published by trains.com WASHINGTON — The Surface Transportation Board will allow a Minnesota company to proceed with its complaint against Union Pacific that alleges service reductions by the railroad violate UP’s common carrier obligation and constitute unreasonable practices. In a decision issued Tuesday, the board granted […]

Family sues Union Pacific, City of Houston over teen’s cancer death

By Briana Zamora-Nipper, Community Associate Producer for click2houston.com A Houston woman filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Union Pacific Railroad and the City of Houston over her nephew’s death from leukemia. After battling leukemia for five years, her nephew Corinthian Giles died in July 2021 at age 13. On Wednesday, Latonya Payne, the teen’s legal […]

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