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January 23, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • KCS: U.S. engineering unit focuses on continued safety in 2013
    Kansas City Southern's engineering department for its U.S. operations achieved a "record low injury frequency ratio," with plans to maintain the railroad's performance this year, according to KCS. "Fostering a culture of safety is something we often discuss as a group. We've embraced this and have made safety a part of our everyday life," said Jeff Songer, KCS vice president and chief engineer. "While we've made great progress over the past few years, the most encouraging thing to me is to know that we have the ability, desire and talent to become even better." RT&S online (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NS ventures into new business partnership with Koppers
    Norfolk Southern recently signed a three-year agreement with Koppers for the supply of rail joint products. "We are very pleased to be able to sign this contract for our rail joint bar business and expand our relationship with a highly valued customer like Norfolk Southern," said Koppers President and CEO Walter Turner. RT&S online (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • LaHood: L.A. rail yard project has multiple benefits
    Construction of the West Basin Railyard project at the Port of Los Angeles will provide several benefits such as job creation, fewer trucks on highways and reduced congestion, according to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The project will "also include a rail yard for the short line railroad serving Union Pacific, BNSF, the L.A. port, and the Port of Long Beach," LaHood said. (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & Environmental Watch 
  • Shipping crude oil by rail is flourishing
    Shipping crude oil by rail flourished in World War II -- and it has made a big comeback. There are now 20 crude-to-rail terminals along BNSF and Canadian Pacific tracks in North Dakota alone. More terminals are expected to be built in the East. "One of the reasons why the oil industry has really taken to heart the expansion of crude by rail is the flexibility," said John Miller, vice president of industrial products sales for BNSF. "If you load a unit train in North Dakota, you can go to the West Coast, you can go south or to the East Coast." Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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