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Rail Can Help Meet 2021 Policy Challenges

As Washington returns this January and the Biden administration begins to take shape, numerous policy challenges wait for policymakers. From stemming the public health and economic crises posed by coronavirus, to tackling fundamental questions surrounding trade and government spending, the list is as long as it is complex.

Ransomware Attack Hits Short Line Rail Operator OmniTRAX

Colorado-based short line rail operator and logistics provider OmniTRAX was hit by a recent ransomware attack and data theft that targeted its corporate parent, Broe Group. OmniTRAX confirmed to FreightWaves that the cyberattack had occurred after the Conti ransomware gang posted stolen data from a leak site.

2021 Railroader of the Year Keith Creel, Canadian Pacific

Creel has been instrumental in Canadian Pacific forging a leadership role in the industry, while acknowledging the railroad’s place in history and its role in driving the North American economy forward. He has helped renew Canadians’ and CP employees’ sense of pride in a company that connected a nation, and connected Canada to the rest of the world.

NS' Squires Talks Atlanta Move, PSR and Economic Recovery

Norfolk Southern Corp. officials expect to make the company's historic move to a new Atlanta headquarters in September, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer James Squires said earlier this week. In a "fireside chat" held Tuesday with members of the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC), Squires said construction of the new campus is well underway.

Primus Sworn in as STB Member

Robert Primus has been sworn in as the newest member of the Surface Transportation Board (STB). A Democratic congressional staffer from New Jersey, Primus' nomination to the STB was confirmed Nov. 18, 2020, board officials said in a press release.

How Big Cardboard is Handling the 2020 Box Boom

For families stuck indoors and desperate for entertainment, a cardboard box can transform into a makeshift playground for the kids or a refuge for the cats. Day to day, though, they have been a crucial if often overlooked link in the nation’s supply chain.

Loram Purchases Rail Services Division of Montana Hydraulics

Montana Hydraulics’ railroad division provided qualified technicians to perform field services for ballast cars, hydraulic dump cars, and air dump cars as well as repair, maintain, and manufacture maintenance of way equipment. The purchase also included Montana Hydraulics’ bi-directional ballast plows, Grizzly side dump conversions, and Bobcat tarp systems.

US Manufacturing Gauge Expands at Fastest Pace Since 2018

A measure of U.S. manufacturing expanded in December at the fastest pace in more than two years, bolstered by a pickup in new orders and the strongest growth in production since 2011. A gauge of factory activity unexpectedly increased to 60.7 from 57.5 a month earlier, according to Institute for Supply Management data released Jan. 5.

International News

Tracklaying Underway on Etihad Rail Phase 2A

The event was attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler’s representative for Al Dhafra and Mr Falah Mohammad Al Ahbabi, chairman of the Department of Municipalities and Transport and an Etihad Rail board member as well as senior executives from the railway, including CEO, Mr Shadi Malak.
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