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AAR Week 50: Traffic Gains Based on Intermodal Strength

Three of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week last year. They included grain, up 7,613 carloads, to 28,390; chemicals, up 1,679 carloads, to 32,591; and farm products excluding grain, and food, up 525 carloads, to 15,978.

NTSB Calls for Tank-Car Placement to Mitigate Hazmat Train Risks

The National Transportation Safety Board yesterday issued a safety recommendation report that addresses placement of DOT-111 rail tank cars in high hazard flammable trains and the use of buffer cars for the protection of train crews. The recommendation calls for all trains to have a minimum of five nonplacarded cars between any locomotive or occupied equipment transporting hazardous materials, regardless of train length and consist, NTSB officials said in a press release.

Outlook 2021 — of Stress, Facing Up and Fresh Starts

Like everyone I know (and probably everyone I don’t), freight- and transit-rail leaders are more than ready to turn the page on 2020. All pandemic long, they’ve kept their respective organizations running while prepping for post-COVID clarity they believe will come sometime in 2021.

CSX Offers New Site in Tennessee for Industrial Developmentl

CSX has another site next to its network that is available for development. This property is the Columbia Tennessee Rail Site. As a “select site,” the property has gone through land use considerations, and that vetting means the time for a prospective customer to construct a facility on site can be shorter.

US Industrial Production up 0.4% in November with Auto Boost

U.S. industrial production increased 0.4% in November with manufacturing receiving a boost from a rebound in output at auto plants after three months of declines. The Federal Reserve reported Tuesday that the November gain in industrial output followed an even stronger 0.9% increase in October.

Supply Chain Resilience to Reach New Heights in 2021

A survey of supply chain professionals reveals that among the 10 biggest anticipated trends in 2021, investing in supply chain risk and resilience will be a top company priority. Adding resilience and flexibility to supply chains is already an upward trending investment priority in 2020 for many companies in the wake of demand and supply shocks caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to Peter Bolstorff, executive vice president of corporate development for Association for Supply Chain Management.

ASLRRA, HDR, Transit Wireless Announce Appointments

Hanlon will serve on the ASLRRA Board as a representative of Associate Business Members, succeeding Wabtec Product Manager/SME JoAnne Miner, whose term expired. Shea McLaughlin, National Sales Director-CDL Electric Railroad Signaling Division and Serrmi Products, is also an ABM representative on the Board.

Covia Announces Court Confirmation of its Plan of Reorganization

Covia today announced the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, confirmed its Plan of Reorganization. The confirmation order marks a key milestone in the Company’s reorganization process, and the Company anticipates emerging from bankruptcy at the end of 2020.

International News

UWC Signs a New Contract for Timber Flat Cars

United Wagon Company and Lesresurs, a manufacturer of sawn timber, signed a contract for the supply of 70 flat cars for timber mounted on bogies with an axle load of 25 tonnes. The freight cars are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2021.
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