Freight Railroads

Coal Railroad

Feds Finally Kill $400 Million Tongue River Coal Railroad Proposal

The unraveling of the coal industry, as exemplified by the demise of Arch Coal, was on display again as federal regulators put the final nail in the coffin of a proposed coal railroad.

April 27, 2016 - Billings Gazette

Another Coal Project Bites the Dust

Arch Coal's plans to develop a mine in Otter Creek Valley, east of Billings, is the latest casualty in the death throes of the coal industry.

March 12, 2016 - Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Plans Nixed for a Proposed Rail Line to Move Coal from Montana

The sudden collapse of the coal industry has been as swift as it has been shocking.

December 1, 2015 - Billings Gazette

Norfolk Southern's $2.4 Billion Capital Improvement Plan for 2015

A railroad that spans 22 states on the East Coast as well as in the South and Midwest plans to spend a record $2.4 billion on capital improvements this year.

March 2, 2015 - Norfolk Southern

Transparency about Hazardous Oil Shipments Possible After All

After the Federal Railroad Administration issued an emergency order on May 7 that Bakken information about oil shipments be shared with appropriate state agencies, question arose about whether that information could be shared with the public.

July 1, 2014 - Sacramento Bee

Beyond Oil: Trains Turn to LNG Fuel and Hybrid Locomotives

According to a new EIA report, the cost advantages of liquefied natural gas make it an attractive alternative to diesel fuel for major U.S. freight railroad companies. Hybrid diesel-electric locomotives on order for 5 states will power HSR routes.

April 16, 2014 - Progressive Railroading

Freight Rail Companies Put the Kibosh on Montreal Commuter Rail Electrification

Two of North America's largest railroads have prevented Montreal from electrifying the city's four commuter rail lines on tracks owned by freight rail. They claim that electrification would pose insurmountable structural problems for freight rail.

September 18, 2012 - The Montreal Gazette

New York Seeks to Revive its Freight Rail Industry

Winnie Hu reports on how the reopening of the 65th Street Rail Yard in Brooklyn last week is part of a wider, regional rail expansion effort that aims to revive the moribund industry in order to boost economic and environmental benefits.

July 25, 2012 - The New York Times

Ambitious Effort to Urbanize India

The Indian government is betting big with simultaneously building a massive high speed freight corridor between Delhi & Mumbai as well the physical infrastructure for 24 new cities that will become an industrial corridor.

December 9, 2011 - Global Post

A Bright Outlook For Freight Railroads

While rail is known to be much greener than its competitor long-distance trucking, it is also a key component to globalization and big-box retail. This article spotlights the growth of Burlington Northern Santa Fe RR and the Port of Los Angeles.

January 5, 2010 - Los Angeles Times - Business

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