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Rail News: December 2007

December 28

Federal court temporarily halts UTU/sheet metal workers merger

Ansaldo STS subsidiary to install traffic management system for Germany's Deutsche Bahn

Schroeder, Law join RailAmerica's sales and marketing team

December 27

Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway to acquire major stake in Union Tank Car owner Marmon Holdings

December 26

CN to acquire another northern Alberta short line

Illinois commission approves two crossing upgrades

Northern Virginia Transportation Authority tabs Mason as first-ever executive director

December 21

SEPTA names Casey GM

BLET members give thumbs down to tentative NS contract

CN to Chicago-area communities: Think about 'J' acquisition's broad rail efficiencies, not adverse effects

U.S. roads' carloads tumble in December's second week, AAR says

BART elects Murray, Blalock to top board posts

December 20

Diesel costs, severe storm effects to drag down fourth-quarter earnings, UP says

St. Louis Metro turns to former head Baer to take interim CEO seat

North Carolina Railroad to replace century-old bridge

December 19

TCI teams up with 3G Capital Partners to boost CSX stake, nominate directors to Class I's board

Updates from FreightCar America, Railpower, Harsco, RailComm, Bombardier, Environmental Lubricants and Wi-Tronix

December 18

Metro-North combats 'slippery' rail, posts best-ever November on-time performance

Siemens to upgrade interlockings, control center at Toronto's Union Station

Seattle port gains county approval to pursue BNSF corridor

Alcatel-Lucent obtains communication network contract in Sweden

December 17

Massachusetts hires design firm to craft South Coast rail plan

British Columbia's Canada Line receives first trainsets

Alameda Corridor's lower train counts have more to do with longer trains and less to do with traffic volumes, ACTA says

Updates from National Steel Car, Trinity, Alstom and Swift

December 14

Iowa Northern Railway teams up with storage terminal, ethanol producer to form logistics partnership

AAR report: U.S. railroads notch more carloads in December's first week

Wimbush to lead NS' environmental charge

December 13

NJ Transit sets ridership record in FY08's first quarter

Alameda Corridor: Train count falls to lowest monthly mark in more than two years

Metro-North to rehab three more Hudson Line stations

'Green' switchers help UP save greenbacks on fuel, cut emissions in Texas

December 12

Metro-North ratifies contract with signalmen's union

Former NITL President Ficker joins First Industrial Realty Trust

VIA Rail appoints three directors

Updates from GATX, Telos Network, Ansaldo STS, RFTrax, Jacobs Engineering, Siemens, RailComm, CH2M Hill, Safety Vision and Midland Manufacturing

December 11

Northstar Corridor lands $156.8 million federal grant agreement

RAND study recommends ways to secure passenger-rail systems

CAD Railway Industries to rehab VIA Rail locomotives

BLET's Hahs to serve six-month suspension

Indian firm to acquire Trona Railway owner Searles Valley Minerals

'True' railroad salesman and long-time Golden Domer Hogan passes away at 63

December 10

WMATA expands eight-car train service

U.S. railroads post first monthly carload gain since December 2006, AAR says

NYCT names line general managers, addresses track worker safety

December 7

Mergers/acquisitions in global transportation market exceeding '06 levels, report says

BNSF set another PRB coal loading record in November

GO Transit, ATU come to tentative agreement

December 6

CPR, Teamsters conference come to agreement on new tentative contract

Intermodal hub coming to Dallas; rail-served distribution center on tap for Fort Worth

Four UTU members file federal lawsuit to block SMWIA merger

December 5

Kansas City Transportation acquires K.C. lead track from BNSF

NS, FRA and Michigan DOT to test retractable barricades at grade crossing

U.S. Class I workforce shrinks for second-straight month, STB data shows

Updates from Ansaldo STS, Voith Turbo, Bombardier and RailComm

December 4

UP posts record PRB train loadings in November

MTC Holdings acquires Mexican multi-modal facility

Wilbourn, Scott to helm UP service units

December 3

Florida DOT, CSXT finalize corridor ownership contract

CN reaches tentative contract with IBEW, closes on sale/lease-back of Montreal station

PATH tower operators green-light six-year contract

Updates from TranSystems, Burke-Parsons-Bowlby, Quantum Engineering and Viscount Systems

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