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January 2, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • CN completes merger of 2 railroads
    Canadian National recently merged EJ&E Railway with its Wisconsin Central subsidiary in an effort to improve service and operations in Chicago through a combined labor force, said Jim Vena, a senior vice president at CN. The merger was a result of voluntary agreements with labor unions representing the railroads' employees, according to CN. The Times (Munster-Hammond-Merrillville-Valparaiso, Ind.) (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Iowa Pacific's rail acquisition a big 2012 story for Texas town
    Iowa Pacific's acquisition of the Texas State Railroad was 2012's top newsmaker in Palestine, Texas, according to this article. A 2.8-mile rail project last November granted TSRR with connections to Union Pacific's main line in the region, said Janet Gregg, TSRR's marketing manager. "The last time the rail was used commercially was by the Texas South Eastern Railroad in December 1969," Gregg said. Palestine (Texas) Herald-Press (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy & Environmental Watch 
  • Report shows coal use rising as global energy source
    Global energy production still depends on coal as one source of electricity generation, with the U.S. being among the world's largest coal consumers, according to a Worldwatch Institute report. Coal use all over the world rose 5.4% in 2011, with almost half of overall coal consumption attributed to China. (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Security 
  • Amtrak proposes new U.S. safety rules for high-speed trains
    Amtrak is considering a revision to U.S. rail-safety standards that would allow it to replace its Acela fleet with lighter and faster cars in the Northeast, said Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman. The proposed new regulations -- designed for high-speed trains -- "would allow for less use of fuel, quicker acceleration, a different performance profile," Boardman said. "What we're really looking for is a performance specification here." Bloomberg (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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