April 16, 2014

CP worker injured after being pinned under train car

ALGONA, Iowa – Officials said on Wednesday (March 5) they won’t be releasing the name of a railroad employee injured when he was pinned under a train car on Tuesday near Algona. Canadian Pacific said it won’t release the worker’s name citing it as an “internal matter.” Read the complete story at the Globe Gazette.

SMART TD members picket CP in Minn.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday (Feb. 6) proposed initiatives to enhance railroad safety on the same day that rail workers protested Canadian Pacific’s safety practices by picketing its U.S. headquarters in Minneapolis. The governor announced through his press secretary that he will urge legislative leaders to hold hearings on the United Transportation Union’s reports [...]

CP to sell west end of its DM&E line

Canadian Pacific and Genesee & Wyoming Inc. announced Jan. 2 that they have executed an agreement pursuant to which CP will sell the west end of its Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern line to G&W for continued rail operations. The west end encompasses approximately 660 miles of CP’s current operations between Tracy, Minn., and Rapid City, [...]

Canadian Pacific Railway cutting Minn. jobs

Canadian Pacific Railway has furloughed approximately 30 workers in recent months from its operation in Thief River Falls, Minn., according to union officials. The job cuts are among roughly 90 furloughs at CP sites across Minn. that the United Transportation Union has counted since October 2012, part of what the union says are aggressive job [...]

Class I railroads report 2nd quarter earnings

CSX Corporation announced July 16 second quarter net earnings of $535 million or $0.52 per share. For the second quarter of 2012, CSX earned $512 or $0.49 per share. According to these figures, CSX is up a profit of $23 million over last year’s earnings for the same quarter. CSX attributes these profits to overall [...]

CN’s Creel becomes CP president, COO

Canadian Pacific announced the appointment of Keith Creel as president and chief operating officer, effective Feb. 5. E. Hunter Harrison will remain CP’s chief executive officer. Read the complete story from The Globe and Mail.

Rail fatality in N.D.; amputation in Missouri

safety_sign

During the month of May, one UTU member was killed  in North Dakota in a rail switching accident, another was murdered on his bus route in Los Angeles, and another lost a foot in Missouri in a yard switching accident. On CP Rail (Soo Line) in Kenmare, N.D., conductor Robert J. Glasgow, 38 (UTU Local 887, [...]

Confidential Close Call Reporting proving its worth

FRA_logo_words

It’s confidential and no-fault. And the result, according to the Federal Railroad Administration, is a significant reduction in rail workplace derailments that too often lead to serious injury and death — plus, as a bonus, better labor/management relationships and improved operational performance. We’re talking about four pilot projects called Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS), whose core value [...]

First quarter 2012 rail profits wrap-up

BNSF reported a 15 percent increase in profit forf the first quarter 2012 versus first quarter 2011, citing improved pricing and higher fuel surcharges. BNSF’s first quarter 2012 operating ratio of 74.4 percent was one percentage point lower than for the first quarter 2011. Operating ratio is a railroad’s operating expenses expressed as a percentage [...]

Wrap up: Major rails’ 1st quarter 2011 profits

Most major North American freight railroads reported strong earnings for the first quarter 2011 versus first quarter 2010. Following is a wrap-up for the quarterly earnings reported by the railroads to the investment community. Not included is BNSF, which is privately held and does not report its financial results to the investment community. Mention is [...]