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News April 17, 2014
Secretary Foxx Visits Siemens Norwood Plant During Invest in America Bus Tour
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx visited the Siemens USA, Norwood Motors Manufacturing Facility during his Invest in America, Commit to the Future bus tour, a multi-state tour highlighting the need to invest in America's transportation infrastructure when the nation’s surface transportation programs are set to expire and the Highway Trust Fund is running out of money. Read more
MTA & LIRR Begin Restoration Project on Long Beach Branch
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the Long Island Rail Road have started a $120 million construction program designed to protect the LIRR's Long Beach Branch from the recurrence of damage such as that caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Read more
Koppers to Acquire Osmose Wood Preservation and Railroad Services for $460 Million
Koppers Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koppers Holdings Inc., has signed an agreement to acquire the Wood Preservation and Railroad Services businesses of Osmose Holdings, Inc. for the base purchase price of $460 million, subject to closing adjustments. Read more
ASLRRA Supports TTX Flatcar Pooling Extension
Short lines are urging the Surface Transportation Board to approve TTX Company's bid to extend its flatcar pooling authority. Read more
STB Orders Fertilizer Shipment Reports
CP and BNSF must file specific plans by April 18 with the Surface Transportation Board on how they are going to handle peak season deliveries of fertilizer shipments. Read more
INRD Awards CSR Grant For Research Converting Railroad Ties to Biofuels
The Indiana Rail Road (INRD) has awarded a grant to the Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR) for research into converting used railroad ties to biofuels. Read more
CSX Reports First-Quarter Earnings, Strong Intermodal and Merchandise Markets
CSX Corporation has reported a decrease in its 2014 first quarter net earnings of $398 million when compared with its 2013 first quarter net earnings of $462 million. Read more
Governor Quinn Unveils $8.6 Billion Transportation Construction Program, Includes Investment in Public Transportation & Rail
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn unveiled a six-year, $8.6 billion construction program, which includes funding for investments in both public transportation and rail. Read more
New Railcar Repair Company to Provide Services to Crude-By-Rail Industry
Kevin Goins and Don Walsh have formed Freedom Railcar Solutions, LLC to provide mobile railcar repair and maintenance to crude-by-rail shippers, operators and other railcar lessors in the Bakken Shale and Powder River Basin areas. Read more
Shipping Now
The April edition of The Official Railway Equipment Register  (Vol. 129, No. 4) is hot off the press and is being sent to subscribers in print and digital formats. Highlights of the latest issue include:
  • 692 pages of detailed rail car information on equipment owned or controlled by railroads.
  • 698 pages of detailed rail car data on equipment owned or controlled by private car owners, including lessors or shippers.
  • new registration for Valero Marketing and Supply Company (VMSX).
  • numerous transfers of reporting marks.
  • reporting marks added for Midwest Railcar Corp. (MTFX) and Exxon Mobil Corp. (XCRX).


The ORER, known within the industry as "The Big Yellow Book," is the standard reference source for the North American rail car fleet, with complete listings of railcars, reporting marks and serial numbers, dimensions, and key car repair and billing contacts. To view sample pages from the current issue click here. Subscribe Now.
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