July 26, 2014

Watco seeking NS, CSX track in Alabama

Shortline holding company Watco is seeking regulatory approval to acquire 43.6 miles of track from Norfolk Southern in Alabama between Maplesville and Autauga Creek, and 10.1 miles of track between Autauga Creek and Montgomery for creation of a new shortline railroad. The new shortline would be named Autauga Northern Railroad. Watco currently controls 22 shortline [...]

Railroads 2010: How sweet it was

How did major railroads perform in 2010? Reviewing their calendar-year and fourth-quarter profit statements, one wouldn’t know they were operating in the midst of a nationwide recession. Profits soared, stock dividends were raised and operating ratios improved. (Operating ratio — a railroad’s operating expenses expressed as a percentage of operating revenue — is considered by [...]

UTU conductor double-amputee in NS mishap

Larry McVay; McVay; McVay, Larry

UTU conductor double-amputee in NS mishap Norfolk Southern conductor and UTU Local 768 member Larry McVay, age 43, lost an arm and a leg in a switching accident near Lafayette, Ind., the morning of Jan. 3, and is recovering in an Indianapolis hospital. A UTU member since Dec. 1, 2007, McVay is a resident of [...]

Pigskin to conductor: ‘It’s job security’

Keith Fitzhugh; football player

Keith Fitzhugh is a conductor trainee on Norfolk Southern’s Atlanta North District. He could be playing football with the New York Jets. If you think trading a National Football League playbook for an operating employee’s rulebook is something akin to carrying the ball toward your own goal line, think again. The 24-year-old Fitzhugh — who [...]

UTU, BLET oppose NS Mich. lease deal

A Norfolk Southern sought lease of trackage to a newly created short line railroad in Michigan is being opposed by the UTU and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, which represent affected train and engine workers. The U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) is being asked by the UTU and the BLET to revoke an exemption [...]

Leadership message: Jan. 18

Brothers and Sisters: We know our rail members employed by BNSF, CSX, KCS, NS and UP are anxious about the status of talks with the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC). The talks resume Jan. 22 in Jacksonville, Fla. It has been a year since the UTU and the NCCC held negotiations; and, in the interim, [...]