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Trains

April 2019

TRAINS IS THE #1 MAGAZINE AMONG RAILROAD ENTHUSIASTS! EACH ISSUE IS PACKED WITH PROBING FEATURES, RAILROAD NEWS, EXPERT COMMENTARY, CUTTING-EDGE INDUSTRY REPORTS, DETAILED MAPS AND SPECTACULAR PHOTOGRAPHY COVERING RAILROADING’S INFLUENTIAL HISTORY AND EXCITING FUTURE.

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on the web trainsmag.com

BRIAN SOLOMON PODCASTSListen to Trains columnist Brian Solomon discuss railroad topics in his biweekly podcastsTRAINS PRESENTSFollow along and watch all the action in our growing collection of new videosTRAINS NEWS WIRESubscribers can access all the latest railroad industry news and updates to stories daily.Photo by Jim WrinnTRAINS NEWS WIRE VIDEOSWatch the Trains staff discuss hot news topics each week and share your commentsFollow us onfacebook.com/TrainsMagazinetwitter.com/TrainsMagazine@trains_magazine ■…

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short lines and the second wave

Short lines old and new, like the Alexander Railroad near Taylorsville, N.C., have an entrepreneurial spirit that is contagious. (Trains: Jim Wrinn)jwrinn@kalmbach.com@TrainsMagazine@trains_magazineI don’t spend enough time with short lines. Yes, they’re distinctive with operating practices, power, and paint schemes. But there’s something much more here that is powerful. Every time I am trackside or on a shortline property, I get a sense of how invested the crews and managers are in their railroad. They have a pride of ownership. Their entrepreneurial spirit is contagious. There’s an excitement in knowing they’re making a difference for themselves, their customers, and their communities.Thirty years ago, American railroading was in the midst of a shortline boom. Deregulation of the industry meant that Class I railroads could shed unprofitable lines without wrestling federal regulators for…

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31 years on mrl

ON OCT. 31, 2018, Montana Rail Link celebrated 31 years of operation and CEO Tom Walsh had just 61 days left as the regional railroad’s leader.But Walsh, who has been with MRL since the beginning, was not counting down the days. It is something even he acknowledges is rare for a railroader so close to retirement.“This has been a fantastic job and there has never been a day where I did not want to be here,” Walsh told Trains in an exclusive sitdown interview from the railroad’s headquarters in Missoula, Mont. “I’m not counting down the days.”Walsh stepped down Dec. 31 as the longestserving MRL president and CEO, handing the reins over to Vice President Stacy Posey.Today’s MRL is barely recognizable compared to the railroad that began operations in October…

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building a modern regional railroad

ASK TOM WALSH what he’s most proud of after 15 years in Montana Rail Link’s top job, and the railroad CEO will give you a list of major investments that have been made on the railroad — everything from rail replacement projects to the purchase of 16 new SD70ACe locomotives in 2005.Since 1987, when MRL was created from some 900 miles of Burlington Northern track across Montana and Idaho, the company has spent more than $1 billion on capital projects. Walsh attributes the railroad’s continued focus on capital improvements to its independence and its sole owner, billionaire industrialist Dennis Washington. Walsh says that unlike other companies that must please hundreds of shareholders, MRL only has to answer to its customers and Washington.“So many companies are thinking about how they can…

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up hires new operations chief

UNION PACIFIC hired former Canadian National executive and Precision Scheduled Railroading expert JIM VENA as its chief operating officer in January. A protege of the late E. Hunter Harrison, Vena was CN’s operations chief from 2013 to 2016 and will lead UP’s ongoing shift to an operating plan based on Precision Scheduled Railroading. Two weeks later, UP announced that Chief Strategy Officer LYNDEN TENNISON would retire March 31, less than a year after being promoted to executive vice president. Tennison, who reported to Vena, is a 27-year veteran of UP. He joined the company in 1992 and was responsible for developing and implementing the railroad’s strategic agenda, as well as network operations. Tennison previously served as senior vice president and chief information officer for more than a decade. News of…

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boat freed by swelling waters strikes csx bridge in ny

Amtrak Empire Service train 281 from New York Penn Station to Niagara Falls, N.Y., crosses the Livingston Avenue Bridge in Albany, N.Y., as a boat lodged against it in January. (Dan Kittay)ONE OF EIGHT BOATS that broke free from their moorings in New York’s Capital Region in January lodged itself under the Livingston Avenue Bridge in Albany. Amtrak and CSX Transportation use the bridge for east-west traffic in New York and beyond.“There has been no damage to the structure, and no cancellation of any of our trains,” Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said. There were minor train delays because of speed restrictions on the bridge of 10 mph, Abrams said. The normal speed on the bridge is 25 mph.While CSX owns the bridge, a CSX representative said the tracks are leased…

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