New, Safer Brake Technology for Freight Trains Gains Traction as Second Railroad Launches ECP Train

February 8, 2008 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — Utilizing advanced brake technology advocated by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the BNSF Railway has launched its first revenue service train fully equipped with state-of-the-art electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes. “We expect that these brakes can make rail operations safer and provide business benefits as well,” FRA Administrator Joseph H. Boardman said, noting that BNSF, along with the Norfolk Southern Railway, received FRA waiver approval last year to install and begin demonstrating ECP brake technology. In contrast to conventional air brake systems, which operate sequentially from one rail car to the next, ECP technology applies the brakes uniformly

Norfolk Southern Names Mobley VP Labor Relations; Macmahon Retires

February 6, 2008 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

NORFOLK, Va. — Harold R. Mobley has been named vice president labor relations for Norfolk Southern Corp., effective March 1, with headquarters in Norfolk. He will report to John P. Rathbone, executive vice president administration. Mobley joined Norfolk Southern as a management trainee in 1971. He served in a number of positions in the engineering, transportation and labor relations departments and was named assistant vice president labor relations in 2000. Mobley earned a bachelor’s degree in history and English from Valparaiso University. In his new position, Mobley will assume the responsibilities held by Mark R. MacMahon, who will retire March

Norfolk Southern Names McFadden Corporate Secretary; Martin Retires

February 1, 2008 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

NORFOLK, Va. — Howard D. McFadden has been named corporate secretary for Norfolk Southern Corp., effective March 1, with headquarters in Norfolk. He will report to James A. Hixon, executive vice president law and corporate relations. McFadden joined Norfolk Southern as a tax department attorney in 2001. He was named general tax attorney, his current position, in 2005. McFadden earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education, both from the College of William & Mary, an accounting degree from Georgia State University, and a law degree from the University of Virginia. In his new position, McFadden

Norfolk Southern Names Dimino VP Audit and Compliance; Carter Retires

January 29, 2008 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

NORFOLK, Va. — Joseph C. Dimino has been named vice president audit and compliance for Norfolk Southern Corp., effective Feb. 1, with headquarters in Norfolk. He will report to Chief Executive Officer Wick Moorman. Dimino joined Norfolk Southern in 1976 as an attorney and was promoted to senior general counsel in 2002 and vice president and corporate counsel in 2006. He was named vice president compliance in 2007 and will keep that responsibility. Dimino earned a political science degree from the University of Rochester and a law degree from the University of Virginia. In his new position, Dimino assumes the

Norfolk Southern Reports Fourth-Quarter and 2007 Results

January 23, 2008 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern Corp. reported record fourth- quarter 2007 net income of $399 million, an increase of 4 percent, compared with $385 million for fourth-quarter 2006. Diluted earnings per share were $1.02, up 7 percent, compared with the $0.95 per diluted share earned in the fourth quarter of 2006. Net income for 2007 was $1.5 billion, down 1 percent, compared with record net income for 2006. Diluted earnings per share increased 3 percent, or 11 cents, to $3.68. “I am pleased to report that Norfolk Southern delivered a strong financial performance in the fourth quarter in the face

Federal Board’s Decision Shortchanges Michigan Rail Shippers and Passengers

December 12, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

NORFOLK, Va. — The Surface Transportation Board’s denial of regulatory approval for an innovative joint venture involving freight and passenger rail service over 384 route miles in Michigan and Indiana represents a lost opportunity for the region’s shippers, passengers and communities, according to Norfolk Southern Railway Co. Norfolk Southern and Watco Companies had planned jointly to form a new regional railroad, Michigan Central Railway, to preserve and grow freight service in the region. Amtrak passenger lines would have benefited from an extended agreement ensuring continued maintenance and investment levels on the rail lines between Ypsilanti and Kalamazoo, Mich., Norfolk Southern

Amtrak Train Speeding at Time of Derailment

December 3, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

CHICAGO — An Amtrak train that crashed into the rear end of a Norfolk Southern freight train last week was speeding, the NTSB said. Amtrak’s Pere Marquette was traveling 40 mph when it should have been traveling 15 mph Though the speed limit is usually 79 mph along that stretch of track, the Amtrak should have slowed to 15 mph because of a signal. “Part of our investigation is to figure out why that signal was not obeyed,” The Associated Press quoted NTSB Vice Chairman Robert Sumwalt as saying. “We’re not here to point fingers,” Sumwalt said, according to The

Chicago Derailment Under Investigation

December 1, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

CHICAGO — The National Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a Go Team to investigate yesterday’s collision between an Amtrak passenger train and a Norfolk Southern freight train on NS tracks south of Chicago. NTSB Rail Investigator Ted Turpin will serve as Investigator-in-Charge and lead the 7-member team. Vice Chairman Robert Sumwalt will accompany the team and serve as spokesman for the on-scene investigation. At the time of the crash, there were 187 passengers and six employees on board the Amtrak train. Most passengers and crew members were unhurt and were later transported to Amtrak Chicago Union Station and on to

Amtrak, Norfolk Southern Trains Collide in Chicago

November 30, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

CHICAGO — An Amtrak train collided with a Norfolk Southern freight train this afternoon, seriously injuring five people, officials said. The Pere Marquette was traveling from Grand Rapids, Mich., to Chicago when it struck the freight train in south Chicago at about 11:30 a.m. local time. The Amtrak train’s locomotive derailed, while the rest of the train remained upright and on the rails. The Amtrak train had one engine and three cars. At the time of the derailment, there were 187 passengers and six crew members on board the train. Thirty injuries were reported, including five serious injuries to Amtrak

NTSB Hands Down Three Recommendations in 2006 Derailment

November 27, 2007 Todd DeFeo 0

The National Transportation Safety Board this week handed down a trio of recommendations in response to a January 2006 Norfolk Southern derailment that injured three people and caused more than $5 million in property damage. First, the NTSB recommended that Class I Railroads “modify, as necessary, your initial and recurrent training and operating rules to emphasize to your employees and the crews of other railroads operating on your territory that any signal that appears to display extra lighted aspects in a signal head should be treated as an improperly or imperfectly displayed signal.” Next, the NTSB recommended that Norfolk Southern

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