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CSX reaches agreements with two more unions on paid sick leave for railroad workers

Updated Feb. 10, 2023 CSX said on Friday that it has struck deals with two additional railroad unions to provide paid sick leave to its employees. The agreements were reached with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), which represents railroad machinists, and …

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Atlas Model Railroad Co. adds to vehicle line, purchases HO-scale tooling from River Point Station

HILLSIDE, NJ — Atlas Model Railroad Co., Inc. announced today that it has purchased the HO-scale vehicle tooling along with designs for certain previously unannounced products from River Point Station Fine Scale Models. The deal follows Atlas’ purchase of RPS’s N-scale line two years ago. …

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Amtrak enters new era of passenger rail on heels of increased FY2022 ridership, capital investments

Amtrak entered a new era of passenger rail in October after ridership increased in FY2022 following two years of significantly lower boardings resulting from the pandemic. Ridership grew 89 percent in the fiscal year ending in September, while the nation’s passenger railroad restored and expanded …

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America returns to rails as U.S., Amtrak ridership levels surge, move closer to recovery from pandemic

By TIM BLACKWELL/Cowcatcher Magazine America is returning to the rails in earnest. U.S. passenger rail ridership is making a significant recovery from covid-19, which put the brakes on public transit and Amtrak in spring 2020. Boardings on national, regional and local networks from coast to …

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Cabbage for Two

Rapido Trains hosted a dealer open house earlier this month and announced several new products, including models of Amtrak’s NPCU “Cabbage” diesels in HO. In the mid-1990s, Amtrak began a rebuild program to convert retired F40PH locomotives into non-powered control units (NPCUs) by removing the …

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Third-largest rail union says workers not valued, rejects ratifying tentative labor agreement

More than half of Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division members voted Monday against ratifying the tentative national labor agreement reached last month with Class I freight railroads, sending the two sides back to the bargaining table and again raising fears of a work …

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