|Posted on December 13, 2020 at 11:40 AM||comments (687)|
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, December 2 — Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway (NYS&W).
The five-year agreement governs rates of pay, benefits and work rules for approximately 45 members. The agreement includes retroactive pay and general wage increases each year through January 1, 2024. It also provides increased certification pay for ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on December 13, 2020 at 11:40 AM||comments (0)|
CSX (NASDAQ: CSX) CFO Kevin Boone reiterated his company’s view that its acquisition of New England short line operator Pan Am Railways will benefit CSX’s customers.
“We think from a customer service perspective, there’s a lot of opportunity to add a lot of value there. And there are some investments we can make to grow the business over the long term as well,” Boone said.
Boone also alluded to additional growth opportunities...Read Full Post »
|Posted on December 13, 2020 at 11:35 AM||comments (33)|
(Source: National Transportation Safety Board press release, December 10, 2020)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board issued Rail Accident Report 20/04 Thursday for its investigation of the Aug. 2, 2017, CSX Transportation, Inc. freight train derailment and release of hazardous materials near Hyndman, Pennsylvania.
No injuries were reported in connection with the derailment of 33 of 178 rail cars but three homes we...Read Full Post »
|Posted on December 13, 2020 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, December 9, 2020)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending December 5, 2020.
For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 542,203 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.8 percent compared with the same week last year.
Total carloads for the week ending December 5 were 244,986 carloads, down 1.4 per...Read Full Post »
|Posted on December 13, 2020 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, December 8 — The Switching Operations Fatality Analysis (SOFA) Working Group has published its most recent Safety Alert, reminding workers to remain vigilant in light of three switching fatalities in the 90 day period from August to November.
As a cross-industry collaboration for over 20 years, the SOFA Working Group has identified the Possible Contributing Factors for more than 210 switching operations fatalities since 1992. The SOFA Working Group...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 20, 2018 at 4:35 PM||comments (662)|
Pan Am Railways and DP World have agreed to form a new direct intermodal service connecting the Boston market to Port Saint John in New Brunswick, Canada.
The new agreement provides a "viable alternative" to customers in the New England area, said officials representing DP World, the port's terminal operator. Port Saint John provides connections to more than 500 international destinations.
The intermodal service from the port to the Boston mar...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 30, 2016 at 2:30 PM||comments (28)|
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Two subsidiaries of Pan Am Railways have dropped a federal complaint that they filed last fall against the city of Portsmouth.
The Portsmouth Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1mX6Er0 ) the rail carriers asked a federal judge to exempt Pan Am from both local and state regulations stemming from the group's earlier plans to unload propane in the city.
Portsmouth and Pan Am officials said Tuesday that the dismissal was the end result of negotiations between ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 30, 2016 at 2:30 PM||comments (2)|
JAY - A scrap metal yard has opened at the former site of the Wausau Paper Mill on the bank of the Androscoggin River this week, aiming to serve as a "flagship facility" for a number of Maine yards.
According to project manager Leon Dorr, Clark's Riverside Scrap will serve as both a collection center for local metal in Androscoggin and Franklin County as well as a distribution point for heavy iron scrap collected throughout the state. The yard intends to make use of the Pan...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 30, 2016 at 2:25 PM||comments (0)|
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jan. 23, 2016.
For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 490,324 carloads and intermodal units, down 10.5 percent compared with the same week last year.
Total carloads for the week ending Jan. 23 were 237,190 carloads, down 19.5 percent compared with the same week in 2015, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 253,134 contain...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 30, 2016 at 2:20 PM||comments (7)|
CLEVELAND, January 19 — The Teamsters Rail Conference is adding its voice to the dozens of elected officials, shippers and labor unions that strongly oppose an apparent attempt at a hostile takeover of Norfolk Southern (NS) by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP).
The Rail Conference represents more than 70,000 active railroad workers whose constituent unions are the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 30, 2016 at 2:20 PM||comments (26)|
CLEVELAND, January 15 — Renovations are proceeding rapidly at the BLET’s new headquarters in Independence, Ohio, and the National Division expects to be moved in by early to mid-March.
The BLET sold the historic Standard Building to Weston, a real estate development group, in mid-2014. One of the stipulations of the sale was the BLET would lease back space in the Standard Building for up to three years. Fortunately, construction at the new headquarters facility...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 3, 2016 at 1:35 PM||comments (22)|
PORTSMOUTH — City officials with safety concerns may try to derail a possible plan by Pan Am Railways to unload propane from rail cars along tracks in the heart of Portsmouth.
Details of the proposal are still being ironed out, but a top Pan Am Railways official confirmed Monday that Portsmouth is one of the sites the company is eyeing as it tries to meet the region’s growing demand for propane.
The area under consideration is located in a rai...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 3, 2016 at 1:30 PM||comments (4)|
WATERVILLE – A man says he was wrongfully fired from his job at a railroad system after requesting time off to receive cancer treatment.
WABI-TV reported that Eric Thomas of Winslow filed an employment discrimination lawsuit in Bangor federal court this week against Pan Am Railways.
A lawyer for the 51-year-old Thomas said Pan Am unlawfully fired Thomas on the day he requested three additional weeks of medical leave to undergo chemotherapy.
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|Posted on March 28, 2015 at 3:40 PM||comments (20)|
Ridership on Amtrak’s Downeaster service fell sharply this winter as harsh weather caused numerous train cancellations and delays.
Ridership declined by 3 percent in January and 19 percent in February compared to the same period last year, according to the Northern New England Passenger Authority, which manages the service. It was the service’s worst performance over a two-month stretch since it began operating in December 2001, according the authority’s ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 28, 2015 at 3:35 PM||comments (22)|
New England’s freight railroads are struggling to dig out from this winter’s heavy snowfall, and that means delays and unpredictable deliveries for industrial customers who depend on rail service to receive supplies and move products to market.
For some companies, the bad weather means trains are coming every other day instead of daily. But for smaller customers at the end of a line, the delays can be longer.
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|Posted on March 28, 2015 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
PORTLAND, Maine — Lawmakers and rail enthusiasts spent Tuesday pushing legislation that would make it easier to expand passenger train service from Portland to Lewiston-Auburn, but the Maine Department of Transportation has a bigger plan.
The Maine DOT’s draft plan sets out goals for $125 million in passenger rail investments between 2014 and 2019 — mostly using federal funds — and a range of other projects proposed to boost freight rail service.Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 2, 2015 at 8:55 AM||comments (0)|
SOUTH PORTLAND — Fourth-grade students at Brown Elementary School, in collaboration with the South Portland Historical Society, recently completed the first phase of an Adopt-a-Rail project.
Last week, Jane Eberle, director of business partnerships for the School Department, and Robin Reinhold, a fourth-grade teacher at Brown, presented the City Council with a slide show, detailing each stage of the process.
As the Greenbelt Walkway winds around near Muzzy Stree...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 2, 2015 at 8:50 AM||comments (20)|
SPRINGFIELD — The ride Monday from Greenfield south to Springfield on Amtrak's Vermonter was smooth and swift, said Alden Dreyer of Shelburne.
"The best Christmas present ever," Dreyer said as he waited in Springfield's Amtrak station for the ride back north to Greenfield. "I'm so happy to have the train in Greenfield again. We are tired of coming down to Springfield to catch the train at 4 in the morning."
Dreyer retired after 20 years with the old...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 2, 2015 at 8:50 AM||comments (2)|
Federal regulators this week said they'll review plans by Norfolk Southern Railway Co. to buy Delaware & Hudson Railway's 282-mile line between Schenectady and Sunbury, Pa. Norfolk Southern will pay $217 million for the line, which intersects its Southern Tier line in Binghamton.
The federal Surface Transportation Board said it would accept comments until Jan. 15 and that those who want to participate in the review must notify it by Dec. 29.
Responses...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 2, 2015 at 8:45 AM||comments (23)|
BUCKSPORT — Ever since its October announcement that it was selling the local paper mill, Verso Paper Corp. has been silent about what would happen to the 85-year-old facility. At least, it was until Monday evening, when news broke about the company’s agreement to sell the mill to AIM Development, a U.S. subsidiary of a Montreal metal recycler.
Much less news has been generated about the fate of another local asset: the Bangor-to-Bucksport railway that has carri...Read Full Post »