Short Lines and Regional Railroads

Short Lines and Regional Railroads

In-depth news coverage of the short line railroad shipping industry.

Commentary

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News & Analysis

Intermodal volume on U.S. railroads is up 5.8 percent year-over-year in the first 24 weeks of 2014.
19 Jun 2014
The volume of intermodal units traveling on U.S. railroads last week was the highest ever seen, the Association of American Railroads reports.
North American intermodal traffic is up 5.3 percent so far this year on reporting railroads. Source: AAR.
23 May 2014
The volumes of both carloads and intermodal units on railroads in North America continued their upward trend in mid-May, according to the Association of American Railroads.
Snow in Chicago.
02 May 2014
CHICAGO — Chicago is living up to its reputation as the nation’s transportation bottleneck.
James Hertwig
07 Apr 2014
James Hertwig, president and CEO of the Florida East Coast Railway, discusses the railroad’s preparations for the opening of the expansion of the Panama Canal, through projects at the Port of Miami, Port Everglades and the South Florida Logistics Center.
Rail switch
06 Feb 2014
Canadian Pacific Railway CEO and Director E. Hunter Harrison told investors last week that he expects rail consolidation among the largest North American railroads within six years, but the scenario he laid out was far bolder than what’s been swirling around the industry for years.
03 Jan 2014
Canadian Pacific Railway will sell the western end of its Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern line to Genesee & Wyoming for $210 million, the latest effort by the former to boost profitability by cutting non-core assets.
Genesee & Wyoming
04 Nov 2013
Genesee & Wyoming reported a net income of $66.2 million in the third quarter of 2013, compared with a net loss of $19.6 million in the same period last year.
Florida's Port Everglades
16 Oct 2013
Florida Gov. Rick Scott pledged that he would ask the Florida legislature to include $14.7 million in funding for Port Everglades’ Southport Turning Notch project.
FEC's new rail facility at Port Everglades is set for completion in mid-2014.
11 Oct 2013
Florida East Coast Railway has announced that its $53 million, 42.5-acre intermodal container transfer facility at Port Everglades is making progress and is expected to open in mid-2014.
23 Sep 2013
U.S. District Court Judge John R. Adams has issued a temporary restraining order in Akron, Ohio, ending a strike by workers with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen...
20 Sep 2013
More than 100 members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen today struck the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway to protest...
Two rail tracks.
18 Sep 2013
The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has adopted its final rules establishing disclosure requirements for rail transactions involving interchange agreements.
09 Sep 2013
William R. Costantini has been named vice president and chief transportation officer for Florida East Coast Railway (FEC), effective Sept. 16.
Genesee & Wyoming traffic. Source: Genesee & Wyoming Inc.
13 Aug 2013
Genesee & Wyoming, a major owner of short line and regional railroads in North America with significant operations in Australia as well, saw more positive results in July, with its traffic increasing month-to-month, year-over-year, and pro forma from volume before the Rail America acquisition. Its 2013 numbers, when compared to 2012, show extremely large increases because of its acquisition of RailAmerica. However, July 2013’s volume still was higher than the combined total of G&W and RailAmerica’s separate numbers for July 2012 by 8.8 percent.
07 Aug 2013
Montreal, Maine and Atlantic, the Maine-based railroad whose oil train caused the explosion in July that claimed 47 lives in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today.
01 Aug 2013
Genesee & Wyoming reported its profit in the second quarter of 2013 was $65.1 million, versus $36.4 million in the second quarter of 2012.
30 Jul 2013
Florida East Coast Holdings reported its net income in the second quarter of 2013 was $3.8 million, improving from a net loss of $4.1 million in the same period last year.
22 Jul 2013
Pacific Imperial Railroad has signed a construction deal with Watkins Environmental for the necessary reconstruction of 57 bridges, 17 tunnels and about 70 miles of track on the Desert Line...
15 Jul 2013
Pacific Harbor Line and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen have signed a new five-year labor agreement covering the short line railroad’s nearly 120 operating and maintenance of way employees.
Genesee & Wyoming traffic. Source: Genesee & Wyoming Inc
12 Jul 2013
Genesee & Wyoming, a major owner of short line and regional railroads in North America with significant operations in Australia as well, continued to experience year-over-year growth in June, although at a diminished rate compared to previous months. Its 2013 numbers, when compared to 2012, show extremely large increases because of its acquisition of RailAmerica. However, June 2013’s volume still stands higher than the combined total of G&W and RailAmerica’s separate numbers for June 2012.
10 Jul 2013
Investigators trying to determine what caused the crude oil train derailment that killed at least 15 people in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, are focusing on the train's engineer, according to news reports.
10 Jul 2013
The chairman of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway expects tougher safety regulations in the wake of the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster, and he told CBC/Radio-Canada the MMA is already planning to change its operations and policies.
08 Jul 2013
A train disaster in Quebec on July 6 is prompting debate about the safety of shipping crude oil by rail or pipelines....
24 Jun 2013
Port Canaveral is pursuing the development of an inland port near the north end of Brevard County, Fla., in conjunction with the start this fall of the widening and deepening of the Florida port’s 3.5 mile channel.
18 Jun 2013
The new Canadian National-Indiana Rail Road intermodal service to Indianapolis will offer export “matchback” opportunities for steamship lines and shippers when it launches on July 1.
18 Jun 2013
The Galveston County Rural Rail Transportation District has signed an agreement with Legacy Port Partners for a feasibility study for a new freight rail connection to Pelican Island...
Genesee & Wyoming Traffic. Source: Genesee & Wyoming Inc.
13 Jun 2013
Genesee & Wyoming, a major owner of short line and regional railroads in North America with significant operations in Australia as well, experienced a third straight month of growth in May 2013.
05 Jun 2013
Watco Companies has named Matt McKenzie as executive vice president and CFO.
04 Jun 2013
Coos Bay Rail Link and the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay have entered into a 10-year agreement authorizing CBR to operate the 134-mile line.
30 May 2013
Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway, based in Star, N.C., is in the process of developing a multimodal facility and business park in Midland, N.C., according to Cabarrus Economic Development.
Genesee & Wyoming Traffic. Source: Genesee & Wyoming Inc.
13 May 2013
Genesee & Wyoming Inc., a major owner of short line and regional railroads in North America with significant operations in Australia as well, showed a second continuous month of growth in April 2013.
09 May 2013
Florida East Coast Railway reported profit in the first quarter of 2013 was $4.2 million, compared with a net loss of $4.5 million in the same quarter last year.
01 May 2013
Genesee & Wyoming Inc.
Genesee & Wyoming traffic
23 Apr 2013
Genesee & Wyoming Inc., a major owner of short line and regional railroads in North America with significant operations in Australia as well, showed growth in its March 2013 and first quarter numbers.
25 Mar 2013
Work on $88 million worth of construction for three segments of the Port Mackenzie Rail Extension project in Alaska has kicked off.