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News February 26, 2015
G&W Expands International Footprint
Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) will acquire about 95 percent of the shares of Freightliner Group Limited, a London-based international freight rail operator, from Arcapita and other shareholders for approximately US$755 million and the assumption of US$13 million in net debt and capitalized leases. Read more
OmniTRAX Affiliate Acquires Illinois’ Peru Rail Line
OmniTRAX, Inc.‘s affiliate Peru Industrial Railroad, LLC is purchasing the Peru Rail Line from the City of Peru, Ill., and will immediately begin to run freight service on three miles of track. Read more
Patriot Rail Names Whiteman CFO, Broyles VP Sales
Patriot Rail Company LLC, an operator of short line and regional freight railroads, has promoted Jennifer G. Whiteman to chief financial officer and appointed Justin T. Broyles vice president of sales. Read more
U.S. DOT Awards Grants for Mass Transit Safety Projects
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $29 million in grants to develop innovative safety projects for mass transit through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Innovative Safety, Resiliency, and All-Hazards Emergency Response and Recovery Demonstration funding opportunity. Read more
Canada Introduces Rail Safety Legislation
The Honorable Lisa Raitt, Canadian Minister of Transport, has introduced the Safe and Accountable Rail Act, which will enhance railway safety and make the rail industry and crude oil shippers more accountable to Canadians. Read more
Clark Construction Forms New Company for Transportation Market
Clark Construction Group has formed C3M Power Systems, LLC to self-perform power and systems construction, reconstruction, and maintenance in the transportation market. Read more
Senators Schumer & Blumenthal Introduce Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Act
U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced new legislation to help reduce highway-rail grade collisions. Read more
BART Receives Grant for Trackside Alarm Technology
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) a $5 million grant to develop an alarm device that would protect trackside workers by automatically stopping an approaching train. Read more
KCS Names Ottensmeyer President
Kansas City Southern (KCS) has appointed Patrick J. Ottensmeyer president, effective March 1, 2015. Read more
Just Published
The Second Quarter 2015 edition (Vol. 121, No. 2) of The Pocket List has been shipped to subscribers in print and digital formats. Highlights  include:

  • Major updates for executive and purchasing contacts at BNSF Railway Company, Cascade and Columbia River R.R. Co., The Central R.R. Company of Indiana, CSX Transportation, Inc., Ferrocarril Mexicano S.A. de C.V., Wisconsin & Southern Railroad, Amtrak and Metro-North Railroad;
  • Key listing changes from railway industry suppliers, including Danella Rental Systems, Inc. and Stella-Jones Corporation;
  • Updated contacts at numerous rail industry associations and agencies and commissions.


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