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Trains September 2020

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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4 min
what will lng mean for railroads?

RAILROADS HAVE GAINED REGULATORY APPROVAL to haul liquefied natural gas in tank cars. Now the questions are how quickly will an LNG market develop, and how big will it be? Controversial new federal regulations governing the movement of LNG by rail went into effect this summer. Previously, LNG shipments required special permits from the Federal Railroad Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. As a result, only two railroads — Florida East Coast and Alaska Railroad — currently handle LNG in limited quantities using ISO containers, which have tanks within a frame the size of a standard intermodal container. A new fleet of cryogenic tank cars will be required to get LNG moving on rails. Of the 433,000 tank cars in service in North America, only 62 are DOT-113C120W cars…

4 min
coming on strong

bybillstephens@gmail.com @bybillstephens Blog: TrainsMag.com/obstower Keith Creel had clear orders when he succeeded Hunter Harrison as CEO of Canadian Pacific in January 2017: Boost revenue and volume while keeping costs down. What’s happened since? CP has become the fastest-growing Class I railroad, with its revenue and operating profits expanding twice as fast as the rest of the industry. What’s interesting is that CP has taken the lead without a marquee growth opportunity. The other two railroads to gain traffic — Canadian National and Kansas City Southern — both score with home runs. CN’s big swing is Prince Rupert, the British Columbia port that’s attracting more intermodal, bulk, and carload freight. The fat pitch at KCS comes from Mexico cross-border traffic. Instead, CP has won more business by stringing together a bunch of singles. Look at the…

2 min
building a 110-mph railroad

“WANT A RIDE?” HSR Constructors’ Jennifer Donaldson looked at me. We were both thinking the same thing about general track superintendent Matt Donovan’s invitation to join him for his rail-laying train’s 8-mile backup move: Are you kidding? Of course! Earlier, we had watched Donavan’s crew dropping 1,600-foot-long strings of continuous welded rail north of Melbourne, Fla., through a “threader box” mounted on a specialty flatcar. The ends of the long rails are anchored to the ground, then the train inches forward until the other end drops away from the box. The train may deposit as many as six rails in one location; this provides not only for a second main track in the immediate vicinity, but rails that will be spiked down across highway crossings that will need to be closed, or…

5 min
pandemic panacea

RAIL TRANSIT IN NORTH AMERICA was facing several longer-term challenges before COVID-19. Ridership had been in decline since 2014; the spigot of federal funding for capital projects and new starts was drying up; new competitors for urban mobility emerged; and mismanagement, delays, and cost overruns in several high-profile construction projects dampened public enthusiasm for further investment. Now, the pandemic affects the essence of what transit is designed to do, and the consequent economic slowdown leaves transit agencies with large holes in their budgets. Fare revenues have taken a nosedive, and the other state and local revenue sources that typically fund transit rely on economic activity that has dwindled. Conversely, since the crisis has upended so much of what we knew as “normal” life, there is a unique opportunity to do things…

1 min
railroading by the numbers

RAILROADS ARE A NUMBERS BUSINESS, possibly more so than any other industry. A widget maker can readily discern the cost to make one unit: raw materials, labor, and overhead. A railroad’s path to profitability isn’t so straightforward. There are many variables in assigning costs to and deriving profit from one boxcar traveling from Toledo to Tulsa. Like any business, railroads have an army of accountants to sort all that out. But numbers aren’t just for the railroads’ bean counters. Anyone trackside can appreciate the art. Take, for instance, this yard job working at Union Pacific’s Global III facility west of Rochelle, Ill. Nos. 1818 and 1919 drill intermodal cars on the west yard lead. This occurred on Feb. 2, 2020. That’s right, 1818 and 1919 work together on 02-02-2020. So keep your eyes open…

3 min
testing the last baldwin

IF YOU ARE ONE of the hundreds of readers who have generously donated money to steam the last Baldwin locomotive built for domestic service, thank you! You’ve raised more than $128,000 through early July, which enabled the operational restoration of 2-6-6-2 No. 1309 at Western Maryland Scenic Railroad to resume. You paid to rewheel the engine on June 10, and you paid to fire up the engine and blow out the valve and cylinder passages on June 28. As of this writing, enough money had been raised through your donations and grants to continue work through July 31. If you haven’t donated or if you can make a follow-up donation, here’s your chance to make a difference. Another $150,000 is needed to complete the locomotive, whose final restoration cost is now…