VIA Rail Launches Maintenance Modernization Procurement Process for Montréal, Toronto

VIA Rail Launches Maintenance Modernization Procurement Process for Montréal, Toronto

VIA Rail Canada has announced that it has launched on 30 November, the second phase of its procurement process to modernize its maintenance centers in and Toronto in preparation for the arrival of its new Québec City-Windsor corridor fleet. Following the Request for qualifications, launched in January 2020, five companies have been selected to participate […]

CP Creates Customer Log Jam by Scrapping Former BAR Cars

CP Creates Customer Log Jam by Scrapping Former BAR Cars

Log Jam for Largest Lumber Customer Pleasant River Lumber Company has been left with a literal log jam following a hasty move by Canadian Pacific Railway to remove from service and scrap nearly 200 ex-Bangor & Aroostook pulpwood/log cars. When CP took over the Central Maine & Quebec in June, the mechanical department inspected the […]

VRS Joins VT Governor’s Light The Way Campaign

VRS Joins VT Governor’s Light The Way Campaign

Vermont Rail System announced on Saturday that it is joining residents and businesses throughout the state of Vermont in a “Light the Way” campaign to help spread cheer and lighten spirits during these challenging times. When Governor Scott announced his campaign VRS stepped up to participate by lighting their historic passenger train and sending it […]

CP Secures Deal for Hapag-Lloyd AG at Port of Saint John

CP Secures Deal for Hapag-Lloyd AG at Port of Saint John

CALGARY – AB – 2 December 2020 – Today Canadian Pacific and Hapag-Lloyd AG announced they have extended their long-term rail service agreement to the end of 2025. Additionally, after successful calls to the Port of Saint John, N.B., this summer, Hapag-Lloyd will begin regular service via CP and this key Atlantic Canada port starting […]

CN, CSXT Agree to Extended Approval Date for Massena Line

CN, CSXT Agree to Extended Approval Date for Massena Line

CN subsidiary Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad Company (B&LE) and CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) had originally held a drop dead date of 30 November 2020, for the closing of a deal on the Massena Line acquisition by CN from CSXT. The deal had been held in limbo by CN roughly since 5 June 2020, when […]

Amtrak Appoints Gardner President, Beside CEO Bill Flynn

Amtrak Appoints Gardner President, Beside CEO Bill Flynn

WASHINGTON, D.C. – 30 November 2020 –  Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn announced that Stephen Gardner has been appointed President, effective 1 December 2020. Gardner’s appointment is part of a broader set of actions taken under Flynn’s leadership, working with the Board of Directors, to ensure that Amtrak is well positioned for success in fiscal year […]

PAS, VRS Hoosick Jct. Interchange Realignment Project On Track

PAS, VRS Hoosick Jct. Interchange Realignment Project On Track

A key interchange point and an occasional operational challenge for the Vermont Rail System and the Pan Am Southern located at Hoosick Jct., NY, is undergoing a makeover that will allow more streamlined operations and increased efficiency in the swapping of cars. Pan Am Southern has taken on the Hoosick Junction Expansion Phase 2 project, building […]

Amtrak Vermont Service Not Likely Returning Until 2021

Amtrak Vermont Service Not Likely Returning Until 2021

With the expected fall surge in Covid cases, VTRANS has now gone on the record in saying that the Vermonter and Ethan Allen trains will not likely be returning to the state in 2020.  A winter return had been hoped for by riders and advocates, however a surge in Covid cases is prompting further delays […]

CP, NBSR Align Operations to Provide Coordinated SJ-Montreal Service

CP, NBSR Align Operations to Provide Coordinated SJ-Montreal Service

Canadian Pacific and New Brunswick Southern Railroad are coordinating train departures and planned ‘schedules’ to increase fluidity and improve timing between Saint John, NB and Montreal, QC.  In addition to the service changes, CP has now officially added Saint John as a customer station point.  This move indicates that CP has, at minimum, secured haulage […]

NS New England Intermodal and Automotive Traffic Up Despite 3Q Numbers

NS New England Intermodal and Automotive Traffic Up Despite 3Q Numbers

Norfolk Southern this week reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. During the quarter, the company achieved net income of $569 million, diluted earnings per share of $2.22, and an operating ratio of 66.5%. These results include a previously announced $99 million non-cash impairment charge. Excluding the effects of the impairment charge, […]