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FRA issues emergency order to prevent unintended hazardous materials train movement
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) late last week issued an Emergency Order and Safety Advisory to help prevent trains operating on mainline tracks or sidings from moving unintentionally. The order…
FAMES Committee finds spike in fatal accidents following lunch
The Fatality Analysis of Maintenance-of-Way Employees and Signalmen (FAMES) Committee issued three recommendations following a report finding a spike in roadway worker fatalities in the hour following the traditional noon…
Officials tour condition of Housatonic Rail Line, talk upgrades for passenger service
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick joined Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and CEO Richard Davey and other MassDOT officials July 30, for a 37-mile tour of the Housatonic Railroad line.
IGSM renamed Continental Rail Corp., acquires shortline consulting company
IGSM Group, Inc., has repositioned itself within the railroad industry as a publicly-held shortline and regional railroad holding company. As part of the shareholder-approved plan, IGSM has filed to change…
PIR picks contractor to rebuild Desert Line
Pacific Imperial Railroad, Inc. (PIR), has entered into a construction agreement with Watkins Environmental, Inc. to restore the Desert Line in Southern California.
PHL and BLET sign new agreement
Pacific Harbor Line, Inc. (PHL), and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) have signed a new five-year labor agreement covering PHL's operating and maintenance-of-way employees.
Ann Arbor Railroad to lease Ohio track from NS
Ann Arbor Railroad, Inc. (AA), filed with the Surface Transportation Board on June 24 for permission to lease approximately 3.69 miles of track in Toledo, Ohio, from Norfolk Southern (NS).
TranSystems hires SVP of passenger and freight rail
TranSystems hired Sam Mansour, P.E., as senior vice president and client manager for the company's passenger and freight rail practice areas. Mansour will be responsible for business development, client service…
Watco Mechanical Services names new VP of marketing and sales
Watco Mechanical Services promoted Marty Riedlinger to vice president of marketing and sales. Riedlinger will be responsible for marketing and sales for all mechanical repair facilities, over¬seeing the estimating department…
Foxx Sworn in as 17th U.S. secretary of transportation
Anthony Foxx was sworn in as the nation's 17th secretary of transportation by Judge Nathaniel Jones in a private ceremony at U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters July 2, 2013.
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