November 29, 2015

Canadian Pacific explores take over of NS


Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd., the second-biggest railroad in Canada, is exploring a takeover of  U.S.carrierNorfolk SouthernCorp. in a fresh attempt to consolidate the NorthAmerican industry,according to people familiar with the matter.The shares surged on the news. Canadian Pacific is raising financing and has held early-stage merger talks with Norfolk Southern, which is valued at about [...]

NS unveils new locomotives in Chicago


CHICAGO – Norfolk Southern joined local and state officials to dedicate a new fleet of environmentally friendly, rail yard locomotives for Chicago today at its 47th Street intermodal facility. The engines are branded “Eco” locomotives for their operating efficiencies in reducing emissions and fuel consumption. More than $19 million in grant funding through the federal [...]

STB approves NS acquisition of D&H lines


The Surface Transportation Board today approved Norfolk Southern Railway Company’s (NSR) acquisition of approximately 283 miles of rail line in Pennsylvania and New York from the Delaware & Hudson Railway Company, Inc. (D&H), subject to certain conditions. The lines at issue, known as D&H’s South Lines, consist of approximately 267 miles of the main line [...]

Norfolk Southern names James Squires CEO


Norfolk Southern Corporation March 2 announced that James A. Squires will succeed Charles W. “Wick” Moorman as chief executive officer. The action by the company’s board of directors is part of its planned succession process and will be effective June 1, 2015. Squires will continue in his current capacity as president and with all major [...]

Railroads reap record profits despite decline in traffic

The nation’s four major railroads are still carrying less freight than they were before the recession. But the last decade has been an exhilarating ride for them nonetheless — an era of growing profits, soaring stock prices and ambitious investments. For Jacksonville-based CSX Corp., freight volume has dropped 7 percent since 2004. Meanwhile, its shares [...]

NS continues actions to boost performance


An acceleration of resource additions, coupled with the annual volume decline after Thanksgiving, should provide incremental improvements in train performance and terminal fluidity heading into next year, Norfolk Southern Corp. officials said in a service update posted on the Class I’s website on Monday. “As severe winter weather will have an adverse impact to operations, [...]

NS to buy part of northeast rail line from CP


CALGARY – Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. is selling a stretch of track in the northeastern United States to a major U.S. railway in a $217-million deal. Norfolk Southern plans to acquire nearly 455 kilometres of rail line from Delaware & Hudson, a CP subsidiary, between Sunbury, Pa., and Schenectady, N.Y. Read the complete story at [...]

Amtrak asks STB to investigate, NS, CSX

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WASHINGTON – Amtrak is taking action to improve the on-time performance (OTP) of its trains that operate over tracks controlled by other railroads. In a complaint filed on Nov. 17, Amtrak is asking the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to investigate Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX Transportation for causing unacceptable delays for passengers traveling between Chicago [...]

NS sues to block disclosure of crude oil shipments


WASHINGTON – A major hauler of crude oil by rail has sued the state of Maryland to stop the public release of information about the shipments, according to court documents. The suit was filed Wednesday, the same day the U.S. Department of Transportation announced proposed rules to improve the safety of crude oil shipments by [...]

Norfolk Southern, Operation Lifesaver team up

BULLS GAP, Tenn. (WVLT) — “See tracks? Think train!” That’s the name of a new nation-wide safety campaign. Norfolk Southern and other railroads have teamed up with the non-profit, Operation Lifesaver. The group’s safety train is making its way to 9 cities in Tennessee and Virginia. It’s all part of a 5 day, 364 mile [...]