U S Railroad News 2011-06-08 11:15:00

Railcar Owners Parked 2855 More Units in MayThe Journal of Commerce OnlineThe total for all types of cars in storage for at least 60 days was 279083 units as of June 1, up from 276228 one month earlier, said the Association of American Railroads. By the Numbers: US Intermodal Shipments. That reversal came after railcar …

Union Pacific, Burlington Northern charged with price-fixing in Oxbow Mining …Washington PostOxbow also complained that the fuel surcharges the major freight railroads charge aren’t based on actual costs and simply raise shipping rates. Neither railroad would comment directly on the lawsuit, but BNSF offered a general defense of its business …

Georgetown Rail Co. closes $1.6M roundBizjournals.com (blog)The laboratory was chartered in 1979 as the development arm of Georgetown Railroad. The railroad started as a division of Texas Crushed Stone Co., which was founded by EB Snead in 1947, according to the laboratory’s website.

CSX Achieves 8% GHG Cut EarlyEnvironmental LeaderFreight rail company CSX Corporation today announced that it has beaten a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by eight percent per revenue ton mile. CSX was targeting the end of 2011 but says it met the goal in late 2010. …

Shenandoah Valley Railroad seeks to expand Staunton yardStaunton News LeaderFile/The News Leader STAUNTON — The Shenandoah Valley Railroad hopes to expand its Staunton interchange yard this year, to boost its ability to move rail traffic between the CSX and Norfolk Southern main lines. The railroad wants to add 645 feet of …

Norfolk Southern breaks ground on new Birmingham Regional …Class I railroad carrier Norfolk Southern said this week it has broken ground on its new Birmingham Regional Intermodal Facility. …

Western rails get ready to redraw intermodal mapDC VelocityBy Mark B. Solomon The two Western rail giants, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and the Union Pacific Railroad Co., are positioning themselves to capitalize on a potential bonanza: The conversion of millions of truckloads mostly moving west of the …

Coal train cars derail east of AitkinBrainerd Daily DispatchAmy McBeth, BNSF spokeswoman, said it’s too early to say what may have caused the derailment. Railway crews were headed to the scene to assess the situation and work on the cleanup. “We’ll have a better idea once we assess the situation more,” McBeth …

Union Pacific Named by National Business Group on Health as 2011 Best …PR Newswire (press release)OMAHA, Neb., June 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Union Pacific Railroad was named one of the 2011 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award winners from the National Business Group on Health (NBGH). Union Pacific earned platinum status each year since the …

Tales of the Red Tape #13: An “F” for Train RegulationHeritage.org (blog)To ensure against any possible confusion, the agency requires the letter F to be displayed on the sides of each locomotive to identify … the front! Most folks might reasonably think that such a rule would be ripe for elimination under the Obama …

US intermodal rail freight traffic flattens outifw-net.comIntermodal rail freight traffic in the US flattened out at the end of May and showed only a slight lift in volumes for the last week, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR). During the week ending 28 May, intermodal traffic was up …

Historic Train Gets A New HomeKTULSome historic trains to Tulsa have a new home. They are now at the Route 66 Village on Southwest Boulevard. The project manager behind the restoration project says he has been working on this project for more than 26 years and him and his team have …

Purchase of 28 miles of track nearly completeMason City Globe GazetteFOREST CITY – The purchase of 28 miles of Union Pacific Railroad track from Forest City to Belmond by a group of investors is nearly complete, said Beth Bilyeu, the director of the Forest City Economic Development. The FCED is helping with the equity …

Historic steam engine traveling through ConwayLog Cabin DemocratUnion Pacific Steam Locomotive No. 844, the last of the steam engines built for the UPR, is on a trek through the communities that responded to and won an online contest to bring the historic engine to their area. The contest, Union Pacific’s Great …