Fred Frailey Blog
|
    Posted over 2 years ago by Fred Frailey
    When I was decades younger, I regarded most people over the age of 60 as dangerously daft. They didn’t get it. As I have gotten older, my attitude has softened (surprise!). To use a newspaper metaphor, it’s about legs. Young reporters have...
    Posted over 2 years ago by Fred Frailey
    I’ve been on the gossip circuit lately, asking people what’s holding up Hunter Harrison’s appointment as chief executive officer of Canadian Pacific. The hotly contested election of CP directors was five weeks ago, and the faction...
    Posted over 2 years ago by Fred Frailey
    According to several sources, Deutsche Bank Securities has opened the first round of bids to buy RailAmerica, the short line conglomerate that runs 45 railroads totaling about 7,500 miles of track in 28 states and three Canadian provinces, along with...
    Posted over 2 years ago by Fred Frailey
    For weeks it has been common knowledge that VIA Rail would announce reduced frequencies of its two flagship trains (and some other services as well) as soon as Canada’s parliament adjourned, lessening the chances of political blowback. The cuts...
    Posted over 2 years ago by Fred Frailey
    Congress this week continues to wrestle with the highway reauthorization bill, which largely finances road and public transit spending. It’s like a Chrismas tree, with something for everyone. Railroads are a flea on the tail of this big dog,...
    Posted over 2 years ago by Fred Frailey
    Nobody called it the Transcon then. It was just Santa Fe’s freight main line across Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico, on its way to California. But almost 60 years ago, what was this corridor like? Let’s forget Hunter Harrison and...
    Posted over 2 years ago by Fred Frailey
    The Financial Times today reports that Phillips 66, a refining spinoff from ConocoPhillips, is ordering 2,000 tank cars able to carry some 120,000 barrels of crude oil a day out of the Bakken Shale oil fields in North Dakota. This is just the latest...

June, 2012