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Rail News - August 2012

AAR Updates

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Enters Into Agreement to Acquire RailAmerica, Inc.

Greenwich, CT and Jacksonville, FL - Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWI) (NYSE: GWR) and RailAmerica, Inc. (NYSE: RA) jointly announced today that they have entered into an agreement under which GWI will acquire RailAmerica for an all cash purchase price of $27.50 per share. GWI’s acquisition of RailAmerica will combine the two largest short line and regional rail operators in North America, strengthening GWI’s ability to serve its industrial customers and Class I railroad partners. In addition, the combination should yield significant synergies and provide strong leverage to the eventual recovery of the U.S. economy, while creating a powerful platform for future industrial development along railroads in the 37 U.S. states in which GWI will do business. [Read the full G&W press release ]

New Associate Member Representative Appointment to the TTCI Research Advisory Board

August 3, 2012 – The AAR Associate Advisory Board has selected Maureen Werner, TTX Company to serve in the formerly vacant “Car Owner / Car Lessor” category seat on the TTCI Research Advisory Board. She will serve out the remainder of that seat’s term until December 2013. The mission of the TTCI Research Advisory Board is to provide feedback to TTCI on the AAR’s Strategic Research Program and to provide advice on how TTCI can best serve the AAR Affiliates and the AAR Associates.

You can find more information about the TTCI Research Advisory Board and other AAR committees in the “Associates & Affiliates” section in the Members Area of the AAR Website. [Click Here ] to download an updated chart of all Associate Member Representatives seated on AAR committees.

New AAR Publication Released, Railroad Equipment Report

The AAR Policy & Economics Department released the 2012 edition of the Railroad Equipment Report on July 31, 2012. This report provides detailed information about the inventory of equipment in the North American freight car and locomotive fleets. Members can access and download this publication free of charge by logging into the Members Area and following the link labeled "View Publications."

Updates from Committees

You can view the latest reports from key AAR committees submitted by your Associate Member representatives by logging in and visiting the “AAR Committees, Descriptions, and Minutes” section of the Members Area.

The Fall 2012 AAR Committee Meeting Schedule has been posted in the Members Area under the “AAR Committees, Descriptions, and Minutes” section.

Associate Member representatives from the following AAR committees submitted reports to the AAR in the month of July. These reports will be posted to the Members Area as they become available:

Advanced Safety & Efficiency Committee
Equipment Health Monitoring Committee

Associate News

AECOM awarded US$27.85-million contract for the King Khalid Medical City development in Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Alstom to deliver ERTMS-based train control solution to Banedanmark

Amsted Rail’s IONX LLC: Asset monitoring systems give railroads, shippers the information they want (via Progressive Railroading)

Ansaldo sts signs agreement for TramWave® transfer of licensed technology to China

Axion International (AXIH) Announces Publication of a Standard Design Guide for Thermoplastic Bridges by Infrastructure Engineering Firm Parsons-Brinckerhoff

Hanson’s Mat Fletcher named assistant vice president

HNTB wins tunnel contract in Turkey

Social Media Win for HDR at National SMPS Awards

Invensys Rail awarded signaling contracts in Norway

Metrolink introduces rewards program for riders

New York Air Brake LLC Announces New President

Parsons Project Receives 2012 Outstanding Project Award From Deep Foundations Institute

Parsons Brinckerhoff Welcomes Opening of the New Tyne Crossing by Her Majesty the Queen

QR National expands tonnages with Cockatoo Coal

Siemens Helps NASA Usher in a New Era in Space Exploration

T.Y. Lin International: Maine Veterans Memorial Bridge Featured in Civil Engineering Magazine

URS Awarded Professional Support Services Delivery Order by U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command

Wabtec Signs Contract To Manufacture Brake Equipment For GATX Rail Europe

Wabtec Acquires Tec Tran, Only U.S.-Owned Manufacturer Of Hydraulic Braking Systems

Westport Appoints Philip Hodge to Board of Directors

Monthly Traffic Report

AAR Reports Mixed Weekly and July Monthly Rail Traffic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Aug. 2, 2012 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail carloads originated in July 2012 totaled 1,103,733, down 7,787 carloads or 0.7 percent, compared with July 2011. Intermodal volume in July 2012 was 946,071 trailers and containers, up 50,431 units or up 5.6 percent, compared with July 2011. The July 2012 weekly intermodal average of 236,518 trailers and containers is the highest July average in history. Detailed monthly data charts and tables will be available in the AAR’s Rail Time Indicators report released online tomorrow.

Eight of the 20 commodity categories tracked by the AAR saw carload gains in July 2012 compared with July 2011, including: petroleum and petroleum products, up 13,368 carloads, or 47.2 percent; motor vehicles and parts, up 9,317 carloads or 23.3 percent, and food products, up 2,297 carloads or 9.9 percent.

Monthly carloads excluding coal and grain were up 8,018 carloads or 1.4 percent compared with July of last year. Commodity categories with declines in July 2012 were led by coal, down 7,945 carloads, or 1.7 percent compared with July 2011, grain, down 7,860 carloads, or 10 percent and metallic ores, down 6,182 carloads, or 16.2 percent.

Class I railroad employment in June 2012 was up 611 employees from May and up 3,819 employees compared with June 2011. Total Class I employment was 163,159, its highest level since October 2008.

“Carloads of some of the more economically sensitive commodities, such as lumber and wood, steel, and autos, gave us a mixed message in July. While lumber related to home construction remained very positive, other manufactured goods either grew more slowly than they have been or actually fell in July,” said AAR Senior Vice President John T. Gray. “It remains to be seen if this is just a blip or something more serious. More positively, intermodal volume remains on track to see a record year in 2012.”

AAR today also reported mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ending July 28, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 288,167 carloads, down 1.5 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 250,319 trailers and containers, up 4.1 percent compared with the same week last year.

Twelve of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, with petroleum products, up 46.8 percent; farm products excluding grain up 14 percent, and motor vehicles and equipment, up 8.7 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included metallic ores, down 38.1 percent; iron and steel scrap, down 29.6, and grain, down 7.2 percent.

Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 3.7 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was even compared with the same week in 2011.

For the first 30 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 8,428,551 carloads, down 2.6 percent from the same point last year, and 6,995,801 trailers and containers, up 3.6 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 77,093 carloads for the week, down 1.4 percent compared with the same week last year, and 55,775 trailers and containers, up 8.2 percent compared with 2011. For the first 30 weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,298,875 carloads, up 3.2 percent from the same point last year, and 1,520,597 trailers and containers, up 7.2 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 15,983 carloads for the week, up 1.7 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,213 trailers and containers, up 20.8 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 30 weeks of 2012 is 425,148 carloads, down 1.2 percent compared with the same point last year, and 281,855 trailers and containers, up 18 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 30 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 11,152,574 carloads, down 1.4 percent compared with the same point last year, and 8,798,253 trailers and containers, up 4.6 percent compared with last year.

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For more information contact: Holly Arthur,, 202-639-2344 or Nell Callahan,, 202-464-6913.

Spotlight On

This month’s spotlight is on the four newest members of the AAR. Please join the AAR in welcoming our two newest Railroad Affiliate Members, North County Transit District & Patriot Rail.

North County Transit District
Jay Walser
Chief Rail Systems Officer
760-967-6500 – Phone

The North County Transit District is a public transportation agency providing 12 million passenger trips annually throughout North San Diego County and into downtown San Diego. NCTD's system includes BREEZE buses, COASTER commuter trains, SPRINTER light rail trains, and LIFT paratransit service. NCTD's mission is to deliver safe, convenient, reliable and user-friendly public transportation services. For more information, please visit

Patriot Rail Corp
James T. Schultz
Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer
561-443-5300 – Phone

Patriot Rail Corp. is a leading short line and regional freight railroad holding company based in Boca Raton, Florida. In June 2012, Patriot Rail was acquired by SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners (SteelRiver). Patriot Rail currently owns and operates 13 short line freight railroads comprising approximately 500 total rail miles in 13 states. The management team intends to continue to grow Patriot Rail through a series of railroad acquisitions in North America. Investing in customers, employees, and the communities we serve is the Patriot Rail way. For more information, please visit

Please join the AAR in welcoming our newest Gold Associate Member, Westport:

Paul Blomerus
Sr. Director, High Horsepower
604-718-2033 – Phone

Westport Innovations Inc. is a leading global supplier of proprietary solutions that allow engines to operate on clean-burning fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen, and renewable natural gas (RNG) fuels such as landfill gas and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Westport technology offers advanced LNG fueling systems with direct injection natural gas engine technology for heavy-duty vehicles such as highway trucks and off-road applications such as mining and rail. For more information, please visit

Please join the AAR in welcoming our newest Silver Associate Member, Axion International:

Axion International
William Jordan
Director, Business Development
908-542-0888 – Phone

Axion International Holdings, Inc. develops, manufactures and sells rail ties and structural building products made from 100% recycled consumer and industrial plastics and plastic composites. It offers its ECOTRAX™ composite rail ties, and STRUXURE™ composite structural building products such as, I-beams, pilings, tongue and groove planking, and various sizes of boards for use in engineered design solutions, such as rail and tank bridges, pedestrian and recreation bridges, marinas, boardwalks, and bulk heading, throughout the world. Axion markets its composite products to the railroad industry, military, and industrial engineering and contracting firms. Axion International Holdings, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in New Providence, New Jersey. For more information, please visit their website at

Upcoming Events

  • September 19-21, 2012 (Chicago, IL) Railroad Insurance Management Association (RIMA) Meeting – Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
  • September 25-27, 2012 (Washington, DC) 2012 Annual AAR General Claims Conference – Omni Shoreham Hotel
  • September 25-27, 2012 (Hilton Head Island, SC) Southeast Association of Rail Shippers Fall Meeting - Sonesta Resort
  • October 10-12, 2012 (Washington, DC) 19th Annual Passenger Trains on Freight Railroads Conference – Washington Marriot Hotel
  • October 16-17, 2012 (Urbana, IL) 2012 Railroad Environmental Conference - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign