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Trains December 2018

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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our man in new england

Scott is a tireless chronicler of railroading nationwide, worldwide, and in his home territory of New England. He’s one of the faithful who loves railroading, and loves to document it in words and pictures. He is generous with his depth of knowledge. In addition to his scores of published images in our pages — more than 800 at last count, including 17 covers — he’s also written more than 120 bylined articles. We’re proud to carry Scott’s work, and we look forward to seeing it in print for years to come. I asked him for a favorite image from his early days. He suggested the photo below. He says the picture of a Penn Central Geep (former New Haven) pulling two coaches on the Hartford, Conn.-Springfield, Mass., line was made at…

5 Min.
‘hunterizing’ union pacific

Hunter Harrison’s ideas are descending on Union Pacific — the railroad that has been mired in an operational slump for more than a year. In October, UP executives began rolling out an operating plan based on the Precision Scheduled Railroading philosophy of Harrison, CSX Transportation’s late CEO. “By a number of measures, it’s evident that we have not made the kind of progress I expect in improving our service and productivity performance in recent months. We’re not meeting the expectations of our customers, and we know we can be better,” CEO Lance Fritz told investors and Wall Street analysts in September. Over time, UP’s operating plan had grown too complex, which made it fragile when hit by harsh weather or sharp swings in traffic. “Unified Plan 2020 is a way of addressing that…

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bnsf, csx launch la-to-ohio service

Midwest shippers can expect stepped-up intermodal service from Southern California now that CSX Transportation and BNSF Railway are teaming on a direct route between Los Angeles-area container terminals and CSX’s Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal in North Baltimore, Ohio. Service was slated to begin Oct. 29 with five departures a week in both directions. The direct lane moves through Chicago and is for domestic and international container shipments only. The Eno Center for Transportation says U.S. transit and commuter agencies may soon be caught in the crossfire between Washington politicians and China when it comes to new rail equipment. The Eno Center released a report in September that suggests members of Congress are looking at ways to prevent agencies from using Federal tax dollars on equipment produced by Chinese companies. The state-owned…

5 Min.
big trains, short sidings. what happens?

What do you do when demand exceeds capacity? The usual answer is to throw money into longer sidings, double track, and the like. More than a decade ago, Canadian National faced this issue along the 1,200 miles across Northern Ontario, between Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Toronto. CN wanted to run long trains, but the standard siding was 6,400 feet and not one of its 126 sidings between terminals could hold even an 8,000-foot train. Yet CN began running 10,000-foot, and then 14,000-foot trains anyway. Now long trains in this land of short sidings is the norm and an object lesson of how to accomplish more with less. THE TRICK IS TO KEEP ALL THE LONG TRAINS RUNNING TO THEIR SCHEDULES SO THAT THEY SHOW UP FOR MEETS WHEN EXPECTED. The instigator of all…

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farewell to bnsf’s leader

BNSF Railway Executive Chairman Matthew K. Rose, who will retire in April, is being praised for a nearly two-decade leadership tenure defined by strong growth, service, and the sale of the company to Berkshire Hathaway. “I think he and his management team took BNSF to a higher level,” says Rob Krebs, who put BNSF together and was Rose’s predecessor as chief executive. “I don’t know how it can get much better. The combination of service that they have been able to provide, together with reduction in costs that continued after I retired, made the company the leader in the United States and maybe the best freight operation in the world.” Like a hotshot Z-train, BNSF under Rose’s leadership overtook rival Union Pacific to become the largest railroad when measured by volume and…