CN in new bid to undermine Kansas City Southern rail merger with rival CP

Rail company Canadian National (CN) has sought to scupper the Canadian Pacific-Kansas City Southern tie-up by announcing it would ask the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a forced sale of KCS’s eastern line.
Canada

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Brisbane rail project brings door-to-door public transport a step closer

Queensland Rail News
In the near future, commuters will travel around cities on smart public transport systems, which adjust their timetables to accommodate real-time passenger demand to offer a seamless door-to-door journey.

BHP joins the party on electric rail

Western Australian Rail News
BHP will add four battery-electric locomotives to its Western Australian rail network, becoming the fourth major miner to improve rail decarbonisation efforts in Australia since mid-December.

Hitachi to build 25 trains for Trenitalia

Europe
ITALIAN State Railways (FS) passenger subsidiary Trenitalia has awarded Hitachi a €270.4m contract for 14 EMUs and 11 bi-mode trains for the Friuli Venezia Guilia (FVG) region in north east Italy.

Union members threaten to strike over BNSF’s new attendance policy

USA
Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation (SMART-TD) are considering going on strike at BNSF over an attendance program that they say is overly restrictive and hints of precision scheduled railroading practices.

BNSF wins over Oklahoma’s blocked crossing mandate

USA
A federal appeals court has sided with BNSF, agreeing that a local mandate by two Oklahoma cities penalizing freight railroads for blocking a highway rail grade crossing for more than 10 minutes goes against the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act.

WMATA Eyes Trackside Wheel Inspection Tech

USA
“We are going to redirect our efforts towards identifying and tackling the root cause of the derailment and take steps to better support more continuous wheel measurements by installing trackbed technology,” General Manager and CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld said.

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