Canadian Pacific Police Steps up Safety Enforcement

April 24, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

CALGARY — The Canadian Pacific Police Service (CPPS) is taking its public safety message directly to the street, during Rail Safety Week which runs from April 27 to May 3 in Canada. CP Police officers from Montreal to Vancouver will conduct more than 100 safety and enforcement blitzes in communities across Canada. They will remind students, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists about the important message of staying safe around railway crossings and property. “This week our focus is to build on the education efforts of programs such as Operation Lifesaver by deploying officers to enforce the laws that relate specifically to

Norfolk Southern Awards 10 College Scholarships

April 24, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern Corp. has awarded college scholarships to ten sons and daughters of its employees as part of the company’s annual scholarship program. This year, there are three recipients of the National Merit Scholarship: Matthew Ambler, son of General Attorney Thomas Ambler and Martha Ambler, and a graduate of Maury High School, Norfolk, Va., who plans to attend Yale University; Adam Bowling, son of Director Industrial Development Robert Bowling and Julia Bowling, and a graduate of Harrison High School, Kennesaw, Ga., who plans to attend the University of Georgia; and Mark Gurevich, son of Manager Performance Measurements

Landstar Honors CSX Intermodal

April 24, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — CSX Intermodal (CSXI) has received the 2008 Intermodal Carrier of the Year award from Landstar System, Inc. Award criteria included on-time service, equipment availability and condition, ease of doing business, sales representation and customer service responsiveness, and damage prevention. CSXI was selected from a field that included other companies who use major U.S. railroads to transport intermodal containers and allied service providers. In making the selection, Landstar surveyed its independent agents who handle intermodal shipments. “On behalf of CSX Intermodal, I am proud to accept this distinguished honor,” said CSXI President Jim Hertwig. “We appreciate the continued

CN Board selects Claude Mongeau to Succeed E. Hunter Harrison as President and CEO Effective Jan. 1

April 21, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

CALGARY — David G. A. McLean, chairman of the board of directors of CN, announced the board’s selection of Claude Mongeau to succeed E. Hunter Harrison as president and chief executive officer of the company at the end of 2009. Mongeau, 47, currently CN’s executive vice-president and chief financial officer, has held successively senior positions since joining the company in 1994. McLean said: “CN’s board of directors is delighted to announce the selection of Claude Mongeau. The board thoroughly reviewed the company’s future strategic priorities and the skills and attributes required of our new CEO. We are confident that Claude

WDW Classics: It started with a steam train

April 20, 2009 Todd DeFeo 0

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – It’s no coincidence that the first attraction to greet guests of the Magic Kingdom is the railroad. After all, trains played such an important role in Walt Disney’s life – even Mickey Mouse was created on a train. Disney’s first foray into live steam locomotives came about in 1950 – five years before Disneyland opened. In July of that year, Disney completed The Carolwood Pacific Railroad, a 1/8 size live steam train layout he built in his backyard. When he decided to build Disneyland, Disney, with the help of fellow railfans Ward Kimball and Ollie

CSXT Announces First-Ever Environmental Award Winners

April 20, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — CSX Transportation (CSXT) announced the winners of its first-annual Environmental Awards recognizing customers that have reduced their carbon emissions on the freight they ship by relying on CSX Transportation. CSXT is recognizing 19 customers who, together in 2008 avoided over 1.2 million tons of carbon emissions by shipping with CSXT versus the highway alternative. These customers are being recognized because they led their respective industry in using CSXT to improve emissions efficiency in 2008 compared to 2007 or they led their industry using CSXT to reduce their freight emissions. In addition, by choosing to ship via rail

CSX Celebrates Continued Emphasis on Environmental Stewardship

April 17, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — CSX Corp. will celebrate Earth Day 2009 at its headquarters and across its rail system with tree plantings, cleanups and educational events that increase environmental awareness and improve the environment. “While CSX and its 30,000 employees respect the environment every day, Earth Day offers us an annual opportunity to acknowledge our accomplishments, learn something new and renew our commitment to continually increasing our role and responsibility as an environmental steward,” said Skip Elliott, CSX vice president for public safety and environment. CSX’s Earth Day programs emphasize the environmental stewardship that is consistently practiced and recognized at CSX.

STB: Nottingham Appoints Zimmerman as Chief of Staff

April 16, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — Surface Transportation Board Vice Chairman Charles D. Nottingham announced his appointment of Scott M. Zimmerman as his chief of staff. Beginning in January 2007, Zimmerman served as former Chairman Nottingham’s attorney-advisor. Prior to that, he served in the Board’s Office of the General Counsel. Before joining the agency, Zimmerman practiced transportation and regulatory law as a partner at the law firm of Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger, L.L.P. in Washington, D.C. Zimmerman holds a B.A. in Government from Cornell University (1985) and J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at The College of William & Mary (1992), where he

Obama Calls U.S. High Speed Passenger Trains

April 16, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, Vice President Biden and Transportation Secretary LaHood, announced a new U.S. push “to transform travel in America, creating high-speed rail lines from city to city, reducing dependence on cars and planes and spurring economic development.” The President released a strategic plan outlining his vision for high speed rail in America. The plan identifies $8 billion provided in the ARRA and $1 billion a year for five years requested in the federal budget as a down payment to jump-start a potential world-class passenger rail system and sets the direction of transportation policy for the future. The

STB: CN Files First Compliance Reports

April 13, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — The Surface Transportation Board said that Canadian National Railway Company has filed its first compliance reports pursuant to the Board’s oversight of CN’s acquisition of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway Company in Canadian National Railway and Grand Trunk Corp. — Control — EJ&E West Co. The Board approved the acquisition on Dec. 24, 2008, subject to environmental mitigation and other reporting conditions, which require CN to submit monthly operational reports and quarterly environmental reports to the Board during a five year oversight period. CN’s monthly operating report includes data detailing train volumes, accidents and incidents, and street

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