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Registration is Open for the 2013 AAR Associates Meeting in Washington, D.C. - March 13, 2013

The Association of American Railroads will be holding its 2013 Associates Meeting in Washington, DC on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, located at 999 Ninth Street NW. There will be an informal lunch at 12:00pm before the meeting. Following the meeting, there will be a reception at the hotel beginning at 5:30pm.

See a draft meeting agenda

If you plan to attend the Associates Meeting, please complete the included registration form and return it to Bill Pzedpelski by email at or by fax at (202) 639-2930 no later than Friday, March 1, 2013.

Registration Form

Hotel Reservations We have recently learned that the ASLRRA room block for Railroad Day on Capitol Hill at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel has sold out. We are unsure at this time if more rooms will open up in that block.

As an alternative, The Fairfield Inn & Suites is 3 blocks from the Renaissance. AAR also has special corporate rates for two hotels in the DC area located within 2 miles of the meeting. Please contact Kelly Donley to receive more details on the AAR corporate rate.

Railroad Day on Capitol Hill 2013 AAR, ASLRRA, NRC, RSI, REMSA, RTA, RSSI, & Saving Our Service will team up to sponsor Railroad Day on the Hill on Thursday, March 14, 2013. This event is very important to the community. Congressional, Federal and State Government agency representatives and members of the press convene at this annual event. You will need to register separately with the ASLRRA to attend Railroad Day on Capitol Hill. Please click here for online registration and information for the event.

Please contact Kelly Donley at (202) 639-2343 or if you have any questions about the meeting.

Freight Railroads Plan to Invest $24.5 Billion in Private Dollars in 2013 On America’s Rail Network, So Taxpayers Don’t Have To

Includes Estimated $13 Billion in CapEx, Industry Targets 11,000 New Hires

Washington, D.C.—Feb. 6, 2013—The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today announced the nation’s major freight railroads plan to invest an estimated $24.5 billion in 2013 to build, maintain and upgrade America’s rail network to ensure freight railroads can continue to deliver for the nation’s economy. This investment includes $13 billion in projected capital expenditures, or CapEx, which go toward upgrading or enhancing rail network capacity in the year ahead.

“While most other transportation modes rely on government funds, America’s freight railroads operate on infrastructure they own, maintain and upgrade to serve their customers and power our economy,” said AAR President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger. “This year, freight railroads plan to continue to focus on investments that maintain and enhance our physical infrastructure and safety systems, including cutting edge technology that ensures we are ready to deliver for the future.”

With hundreds of transportation infrastructure projects underway nationwide, railroads are investing in projects such as intermodal terminals that facilitate truck to train freight transport; new track; bridges and tunnels; modernized safety equipment; new locomotives and rail cars, and other components that ensure the U.S. freight rail network remains the most reliable and efficient in the world.

In recent years, railroads have been spending roughly 17 percent of their annual revenue on capital expenditures, compared with the average U.S. manufacturer that spends roughly 3 percent of revenue on capital expenditures.

The freight railroads also estimate they will hire more than 11,000 employees this year, primarily in response to retirements and attrition for positions that can be found across the U.S. With approximately 22 percent of the industry’s workforce eligible to retire in the next five years, railroads are dedicated to recruiting highly skilled people interested in making railroading a career. In the first five months of the year, railroads are participating in more than 70 career fairs across the country. For more information on where, please go here:

“We are looking for employees who want a true potential life-long career and will want to help make the railroads safer and more reliable than they have ever been,” said Hamberger. “The success of our industry—from our importance to the economy to our continually improving safety record—can be attributed to the hard working men and women who make their careers with the railroads.”

ail employee compensation, including benefits, averages roughly $107,000 per year, with jobs ranging from engineers and dispatchers, to law enforcement, to information technology and industrial development.

Keith Creel appointed President & Chief Operating Officer of Canadian Pacific

February 04, 2013 - Calgary, Alberta - Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE:CP) today announced the appointment of Keith Creel as CP’s president and chief operating officer effective February 5, 2013. E. Hunter Harrison will remain chief executive officer (“CEO”) of the company.

Creel previously served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Canadian National Railway Company ("CN”).

“Keith joins CP after a very successful operating career where he rose from a management trainee in the operations department at Burlington Northern in 1992 to becoming EVP & COO at CN in 2010,” said E. Hunter Harrison, CP’s CEO. “I have worked with many talented operating people in this industry over the last four decades and Keith is by far one of the best young operating talents that I have ever seen,” continued Harrison. “Canadian Pacific recently began its transformational journey to becoming the best railroad in North America and we look forward to benefiting from Keith’s strong leadership and operational expertise as we move forward.”

Read the full press release from Canadian Pacific

AAR Commends Secretary LaHood on His Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jan. 29 2013 – Today the Association of American Railroads (AAR) released a statement thanking Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood on his service. AAR President and CEO Ed Hamberger said: “Secretary LaHood brought passion, energy and a deep commitment to safety to his work at the Department of Transportation. Under his leadership, railroads have never been safer. In addition, he understood the importance of freight rail to our nation’s economic vitality. We thank him for a job well done.”

ASCE recognizes TTCI in winning project

Pueblo,CO – January 10, 2013 - Led by Principal Engineer Duane Otter, TTCI’s work with John Hillman, inventor of the Hybrid-Composite Beam and recipient of the 2013 Charles Pankow Award for Innovation, was recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers early this month. Dr. Otter received a plaque honoring TTCI “As a collaborator on the winning project” and will represent TTCI at a gala this spring in Washington, D.C. honoring Mr. Hillman and other civil engineering leaders.

"Introducing a new technology in the transportation industry is a daunting task,” said Hillman. “I am very grateful for the support we have received from everyone at TTCI. In particular, Duane Otter, who did an exemplary job serving as an advocate for new technology and encouraging the support from the Association of American Railroads' Bridge Technical Advisory Group to have the first HCB bridge deployed to the Transportation Technology Center for installation and testing."

TTCI tested the prototype HCB® span for 1.5-million load cycles under heavy freight railroad traffic and recently completed follow-up testing of a commercially produced HCB® span. Future plans call for monitoring of this span in revenue service on a nearby railroad line.

Hillman describes the HCB® as a new type of structural member developed for use in highway and railroad bridges as well as marine facilities and other structures. The HCB® is comprised of three main subcomponents: shell, compression reinforcement, and tension reinforcement. In its most simplistic embodiment, the shell is comprised of a fiber reinforced polymer box beam. The compression reinforcement consists of concrete, pumped into a profiled conduit (generally an arch) within the beam shell. The tension reinforcement consists of carbon, glass, or steel fibers anchored at the ends of the compression reinforcement. The HCB® combines the strength and stiffness of conventional concrete and steel with the lightweight and corrosion advantages of advanced composite materials. The result is a new alternative for rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure with state-of-the-art sustainable structures. Click here to see a photo of the HCB® bridge and to read about other recipients of the Charles Pankow Award:

Updates from Committees

The Spring 2013 Schedule of AAR Committee Meetings has been posted to the members’ area on the AAR website. To access this schedule, login from and click on the “Associate & Affiliate Members” section. The link to the schedule is at the top of the page.

You can view the latest reports from key AAR committees submitted by your associate member representatives by logging in to the members’ area, clicking on “Associate & Affiliate Members,” and then clicking on “Committee Reports and Descriptions.”

The following committees submitted new reports in the month of January. These reports will be posted to the website as soon as they are available:

  • Advanced Safety & Efficiency Committee
  • Heavy Axle Load & Engineering Research Committee
  • Intermodal Operations Committee

Associate News

AECOM: Extending Green Line Light Rail Service in Boston

Alstom to supply signalling and infrastructure on the Treviglio-Brescia high-speed line in Italy

Ansaldo STS wins contract of Railway Traffic Control on Madrid Puigverd de Lleida HSL

Hanson: John Coburn joins Hanson’s Chicago office

HDR Named World's No. 1 Healthcare and Science Design Firm

HNTB names new vice presidents, associate vice presidents

Metrolink/SCRRA, Electro-Motive Diesel, & Westport: LNG Locomotives for Los Angeles?

Parsons Awarded Contract by Department of Labor

Wabtec Acquires Napier, A UK-Based Provider Of Turbochargers For Power Gen, Marine Markets

Cummins Westport Announces Award for Over 900 Natural Gas Buses Powered by ISL G

Monthly Traffic Report

AAR Reports Mixed Rail Traffic for January, and Week Ending February 2

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Feb. 7, 2013 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported that U.S. monthly rail traffic showed mixed results in January, as well as for the week ending Feb. 2, 2013.

Intermodal traffic in January 2013 totaled 1,168,630 containers and trailers, up 5.3 percent (58,303 units) compared with January 2012. Carloads originated in January totaled 1,339,604 carloads, down 6.3 percent (90,199 carloads) compared with the same month last year. Carloads excluding coal and grain were up 1.8 percent (12,731 carloads) in January 2013 over January 2012.

In January, six of the 20 commodity groups posted increases compared with the same month last year, including: petroleum and petroleum products, up 54.1 percent or 22,892 carloads; crushed stone, gravel and sand, up 6.1 percent or 4,732 carloads, and lumber and wood products, up 14.6 percent or 2,032 carloads. Commodities with carload declines in January were led by coal, down 14.5 percent or 91,593 carloads; grain, down 11 percent or 11,337 carloads, and iron and steel scrap, down 18.7 percent or 4,675 carloads.

“The New Year brought a continuation of an old pattern: weakness in coal, strength in intermodal and petroleum products, and mixed results for everything else,” said AAR Senior Vice President John T. Gray. “Railroads recently announced that they expect to reinvest significantly in 2013 — an estimated $24.5 billion for the year — back into their systems. They’re making these investments because they are confident that demand for freight transportation, over the long term, will continue to grow.”

AAR today also reported mixed rail traffic for the week ending Feb.2, 2013. Last week U.S. railroads originated 274,700 carloads, down 3.4 percent compared with the same week last year, while intermodal volume for the week totaled 249,231 trailers and containers, up 7.2 percent compared with the same week last year.

Eight of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, with petroleum products, up 52.3 percent; lumber and wood products, up 26.5 percent, and farm products excluding grain, up 18.7 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included metallic ores, down 22.4 percent; grain, down 15.7 percent, and nonmetallic minerals, down 12.1 percent.

Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 4.7 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 2.6 percent compared with the same week in 2012.

For the first five weeks of 2013, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,339,604 carloads, down 6.3 percent from the same point last year, and 1,168,630 trailers and containers, up 5.3 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 75,178 carloads for the week, down 2.6 percent compared with the same week last year, and 49,713 trailers and containers, down 2.9 percent compared with 2012. For the first five weeks of 2013, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 372,517 carloads, up 1.8 percent from the same point last year, and 251,231 trailers and containers, up 6.3 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 15,434 carloads for the week, up 16.2 percent compared with the same week last year, and 9,842 trailers and containers, up 1.1 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first five weeks of 2013 is 68,426 carloads, up 6.9 percent from the same point last year, and 43,539 trailers and containers, down 3.6 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first five weeks of 2013 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 1,780,547 carloads, down 4.3 percent compared with the same point last year, and 1,463,400 trailers and containers, up 5.1 percent compared with last year.

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For more information contact: Nell Callahan, 202-464-6913, or Abigail Gardner, 202-464-6603, at, or Holly Arthur,, 202-639-2344.

Spotlight On

This month's spotlight is on our three newest members. Please join the AAR in welcoming new Gold Associate Members DB International, Inc.; Midland Manufacturing Corp.; & T-Solutions, Inc.


AAR President & CEO Edward R. Hamberger (right) meets with DB US Holding President & CEO Dr. Josef Blank (left) at AAR headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. Mr. Hamberger and Dr. Blank held a signing ceremony to formalize DB International’s new Gold Associate Membership.

DB International USA, Inc.
Ted Krohn
Executive Vice President
703-237-8770 – Phone

Deutsche Bahn International (DBI), GmbH, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Germany’s Deutsche Bahn (DB), the largest railroad in Europe. DBI provides worldwide complex design, engineering, consultancy, management and planning services for infrastructure and transportation projects. DBI’s project development starts with concept development, basic project development to assuming operator responsibilities by DB's transport and logistics enterprises abroad. DBI provides highly qualified employees on a worldwide basis who provide technical expertise on thousands of domestic and international projects from a large range of products. Of the more than 230 current worldwide projects, DBI draws expertise from its own workforce of almost 1,000, including access to DB's workforce of 296,000. For more information, please visit

Midland Manufacturing Corp.
Kevin Cook
Global Director – Rail Business Unit
847-929-6856 – Phone

Midland manufactures the most complete and reliable line of valves and level-measurement devices for the railroad tank car market. Midland specializes in valves for both General Purpose and Pressure tank cars and produces complete lines of angle valves, check valves, bottom outlet valves, pressure relief valves, vacuum relief valves, and level measurement devices used on rail tank cars. Midland is a part of the OPW Fluid Transfer Group which specializes in the safe handling and transport of hazardous liquids and dry bulk commodities in critical applications such as crude oil, gasoline, ethanol, LPG, chlorine, and acids. For more information, please visit

T-Solutions, Inc.
Kenneth S. Jacobs
Executive Vice President
757-410-9450 – Phone

T-Solutions Inc. is a woman owned, veteran owned small business (WVOSB) headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia that provides maintenance engineering, logistics and management worldwide to both commercial and government clients. Our clients recognize us as thought leaders in maintenance engineering, program management, change management, process improvement and requirements management programs. T-Solutions is an agile provider of technical solutions that enable mission-critical operations and decision-making. T-Solutions provides the expertise needed to help customers succeed in today's era of defense, security, maintenance engineering and business transformation. For more information, please visit

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