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Trains March 2019


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3 Min.
railroading and the pace of change

jwrinn@kalmbach.com @TrainsMagazine @trains_magazine I have associated myself all of my professional life with two fine American business institutions not known for their embrace or pace of change: railroading and publishing. Through these associations over more than 36 years, I can tell you that I have never seen either business move more rapidly than they do now. Does it frighten or scare me? Of course it does, but what would frighten or scare me even more is for either to just sit there and do nothing to grow or evolve with their customers. In the case of railroading, Dan Machalaba on pages 30-37 takes apart the case for the industry shunning many of the staples we’ve taken for granted for a half-century or better. It is amazing to see how quickly the basics have changed. Railroads feel…

1 Min.
on the web trainsmag.com

TRAINS BLOGS Check out what Trains’ staff and contributors say about railroads and train-watching. Photo by Justin Franz TRAINS NEWSLETTER Sign up on our homepage for a free weekly email newsletter to learn what’s in our latest issue, watch videos, get hot news, sign up for trips and events, and more. Photo by Brian Schmidt TRAINS INSTAGRAM Share your photos and videos with @trains_magazine. Photo by Tom Danneman TRAINS NEWS WIRE Subscribers can access all the latest railroad industry news and updates to stories daily. Photo by David Lustig Follow us on facebook.com/TrainsMagazine twitter.com/TrainsMagazine @trains_magazine…

3 Min.

Letters Bob Johnston’s article, “Amtrak’s Money Mystery” [pages 50-55, January], indicates Amtrak has made the decision to implement ways to escape potential growth in long-distance service. Anyone who thought that Amtrak had creditability should be extremely disappointed by Johnston’s review of how logic at Amtrak has become so twisted. Chuck Welsh, Ponte Vedra, Fla. GREAT NORTHERN PASSENGER SERVICE The article, “Making Great Northern Great” [pages 36-43, January], was superb. I would add, however, in reference to author Steve Glischinski’s comment on page 42 that “GN took its short-haul passenger business seriously,” that the lines from St. Paul, Minn., to Fargo, N.D., could also have been included. Ten passenger trains a day traveled between those two cities (five each way) as late as October 1967. Also, the North Dakota city of Grenora was named after the…

5 Min.
oil boom (refined)

RAILROADS ARE ENJOYING another surge in crude-oil traffic, three years after the previous crude-by-rail boom went bust. The rising tide of oil traffic is focused on Canada this time, and less about U.S. crude from North Dakota. By October 2018, Canadian oil accounted for nearly half the oil by volume moving on U.S. railroads, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data. Canadian oil exports to the U.S. via rail hit record levels in 2018 and are expected to double this year. CN IS WORKING TO DEVELOP A PRODUCT CALLED “CANAPUX” THAT WOULD ALLOW IT TO HAUL BITUMEN OR HEAVY CRUDE FROM OIL SANDS IN SOLID PELLET FORM. But crude oil remains a tiny component of overall rail traffic. And the volume is driven to the railroads by production that exceeds pipeline capacity leading…

2 Min.
isabelle courville to helm canadian pacific

CANADIAN PACIFIC has named Isabelle Courville to lead its board of directors beginning in May, when current Chairman Andrew Reardon will step down. “The board’s governance committee has been working closely with both Andy and Isabelle on a smooth transition. We are very proud to have our first woman as chair of the railroad,” Rebecca MacDonald, chair of CP’s corporate governance and nominating committee member, said in a statement. Observers say that Courville will hold the distinction of being the first woman to head a Class I railroad board of directors. Reardon, who joined the board in May 2013 and became chairman in July 2015, told CP he intends to retire after the company’s annual meeting on May 7, 2019. “I’m proud to have been associated with CP, its management, and board of directors,…

7 Min.
boardman talks to trains

SINCE RETIRING as Amtrak’s president and CEO in 2016 after eight years on the job, Joe Boardman has actively monitored developments at the company as Wick Moorman and Richard Anderson successively assumed his former role in each of the following years. He has been open in expressing opinions about apparent changes in the company’s priorities since he left Washington for his home in Rome, N.Y. Trains spoke with Boardman to further explore his concerns and put perspective on his tenure. Q What changes do you believe managers have made to Amtrak safety initiatives? A We had a program that trained employees with extensive railroad knowledge — engineers and in some cases conductors and road foremen — as behavioral-based safety people and coordinators that could help us with risk assessment, but Moorman killed…