Federal infrastructure package could resolve railroad crew debate

The Wyoming Legislature has long wrestled with the question of whether to mandate two-person crews on the freight trains that traverse Wyoming’s more than 1,800 miles of track.  Now, the federal government may take action that resolves the issue — if the infrastructure package currently stalled in Congress passes.  The two-person crew mandate was adopted […]

STB asks Class I railroads to explain ‘substantial’ demurrage fees

By Edwin Lopez for supplychaindrive.com Dive Brief: The Surface Transportation Board on Friday sent a letter to the CEOs of seven Class I railroads asking them to explain their demurrage policies amid reports of congestion and “sizeable storage fees.” “I am particularly troubled about reports that Class I railroads are continuing to impose these charges […]

The big question: Will CP+KCS prompt more railroad mergers?

CP-Kansas City Southern combination could be a test of Class I mergers By Bill Stephens for trains.com Will Canadian Pacific’s proposed acquisition of Kansas City Southern be the spark that ignites the final round of railroad consolidation in North America? It’s a question that’s been coming up since CP and KCS announced their blockbuster $29 […]

Shippers, 4 Class I railroads press for STB scrutiny of CP-KCS merger

STB must decide how to review the transaction By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com A number of rail shipping groups and four out of five Class I railroads are asking the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to examine the proposed merger of Canadian Pacific (NYSE: CP) and Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) under a “new” litmus test of whether the merger would enhance […]

Judge says railroad talks should be included in lawsuits

BY JOSH FUNK / ASSOCIATED PRESS OMAHA, Neb. — A federal judge has ruled that the details of conversations between the nation’s four largest railroads should be included in lawsuits challenging billions of dollars of charges the railroads imposed in the past. The ruling on Friday undercuts one of the defenses Union Pacific, BNSF, CSX and […]

Freight railroads meeting harvest season needs, say shippers on STB advisory panel

Meeting also touches on possible redeployment ideas for small cube covered hoppers and an on-time performance tool created by utilities By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com Despite having locomotives in storage and personnel furloughed earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. freight railroads have been able to bring back resources and meet the needs […]

FRA Allows BNSF to Split Extended Haul Trains without Further Testing

This is a follow up to a previous article concerning the BNSF Railway’s (BNSF’s) recent petition for waiver from certain provisions of the Federal railroad safety regulations contained in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 215, Railroad Freight Car Safety Standards, relating to the combining of two existing trains, and any […]

BNSF, Union Pacific help prevent spread of wildfires

Railroads deploy specially equipped trains to battle fires By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com Although BNSF’s (NYSE: BRK) rail operations haven’t encountered major disruptions from the wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, the railroad is doing its part to help fight fires. “Thankfully the impacts to our network in California thus far have been minimal. We do continue to […]

Berkshire’s BNSF names first female CEO of big U.S. railroad

By Reuters Staff for in.reuters.com (Reuters) – BNSF, the railroad unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRKa.N, on Monday named Kathryn Farmer as its new chief executive officer, making her the first female CEO of a major U.S. railroad. Farmer, 50, has worked at BNSF for 28 years, most recently as executive vice president of operations. […]

Railroad assessing impact of hurricane

News Wire Digest second section for Aug. 27: Government says railroads bear burden of proof on communication in fuel-surcharge case; community may increase taxes to fund suit of Sound Transit Post courtesy of trn.trains.com More Thursday morning rail news: Railroads, Surface Transportation Board monitoring impact of hurricaneUnion Pacific, BNSF Railway,and Kansas City Southern are all monitoring […]

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