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Trains July 2017

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how can that be old?

JIM WRINN Here’s the reality check: The newest locomotives in Steve’s story, “Sweeter in Tennessee,” are 25 years old, and the oldest are 40 years old. In general terms, they’re young. In terms of life expectancy for consumable heavy industrial equipment, a 30-year career is considered normal. Your editor, who came of age about the time of those 40-year something units is just as shocked as anyone to see them declared old, rare, and worthy of making cross-country road trips to witness their passing. I imagine many of you will feel the same way. Such realizations are not new. There’s the famous 1980s exchange between our own Editor David P. Morgan and Associate Editor J. David Ingles in which Morgan praised Union Pacific’s choice of motive power, GP30s, for a welded rail…

3 Min.
railway post office

PRESERVATION VIEWS I enjoyed the article, “Did We Save Too Much (or Too Little)?” [pages 48-55, May], on preservation and the opposing view. I would add the following question to the rules given by Jackson McQuigg to determine whether a railroad organization should acquire a locomotive or railcar: Does the equipment originate from a railroad with a presence near us? For example, a Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 in Texas, where it never ran, has little relevance compared to one in a museum in Pennsylvania. I do agree that 16 GG1s seem excessive. Contrast that with a Nickel Plate Road wooden reefer at Bellevue, Ohio’s Mad River & NKP Museum, which was built during the era of a postwar steel shortage, that is in great shape and is relevant locally. I have come up with a…

3 Min.
king without crown

“King Coal” is returning, but he’ll have to work hard to get his crown back after losing it in 2016. For much of 2017, rail carload reports compiled by the Association of American Railroads show steady increases in coal traffic. In the industry trade group’s weekly report for April 29, coal traffic was up 17.7 percent compared to the same week in 2016, at 75,662 carloads. During the National Coal Transportation Association’s spring conference, Norfolk Southern Chief Marketing Officer Alan Shaw said that coal would remain an integral part of the railroad’s business, and that NS is prepared to make infrastructure investments when there are “clear and identified opportunities,” according to a report by S&P Global, a business information and analytics firm in New York. Shaw went on to say that NS has…

3 Min.
rail industry cautiously watches white house moves

President Donald Trump said in April that he’d scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement. But just hours later, after receiving stiff pushback from his own staff, Republicans on Capitol Hill, and leaders in Canada and Mexico, Trump abruptly changed course and said that he would instead renegotiate the deal. Any change to NAFTA could have a major affect on the freight rail industry, rail analyst Larry Gross says. It would be bad news all around, and the railroads wouldn’t be immune,” Gross says of any effort to kill the agreement. Realizing that change could be on the horizon, railroads have recently been vocal about how agreements like NAFTA, which promote international trade, impact their bottom line. In early April, Union Pacific published an article detailing how it has benefited from NAFTA, specifically…

1 Min.
women’s small railroading role

Men dominate railroading — from the executive vice president and chieflevel officer ranks, down to union membership. Railroad filings, Standard & Poor’s, LeanIn.org, and McKinsey & Co. information from April 2017 show women don’t reach 50-percent participation on boards, in executive suites, and in the labor force, though they are more than 50 percent of North America’s population. — Bill Stephens and Steve Sweeney…

2 Min.
cp celebrates saskatchewan mine

Canadian Pacific this summer will begin hauling unit trains from the first potash mine to open in Canada in 40 years. Canada is the world’s largest producer of potash, which is used as a fertilizer. CP built a new 19-mile branch, the Belle Plaine Subdivision, to reach the K+S Potash Canada mine near Bethune, Saskatchewan. The mine branch is CP’s largest engineering project since the mid- 1980s, when it began the Mount Macdonald Tunnel project in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia. The Bethune Mine is scheduled to begin production at the end of June, and CP will begin moving the mine’s first potash shipments in 177-car unit trains shortly afterward. The trains will run to a new K+S terminal at Port Moody, B.C., from which the potash will be exported to…