The Exchange Rate of Innovation

Innovation is this country's currency. From the railroad and oil barons to present-day companies like Google, the United States has been built upon innovation. These innovators are legends because they saw the bigger picture and imagined what the world could be. We...

Every Day Can Be Railroad Day On Capitol Hill

Railroad Day on Capitol Hill is approaching and I'm thinking about the journey the industry has been through since its inception. In 1862, Congress passed the Pacific Railway Act, authorizing the construction of a transcontinental railroad—with four of the five...

Not Everything Is Politics: Texas Outages

We recently witnessed a horrible chain of events surrounding the Texas Power outages, but one of the worst factors that arose during the height of the situation was politics. It's important to focus on the facts. Politicizing the problem doesn't help, and actually...

Thought Leadership Blogs

Always In Motion

There are many moving parts of a locomotive. At any given time, various components must be monitored with a close eye. However, despite the different purposes that they serve, each of these parts plays a role in a larger machine. A comprehensive view, a systems...

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The Power Of Fuel Efficiency

Fuel is the number one expense for railroads. We all know that fuel is a necessity of rail operations. However, there are many individual decisions that can cause us to spend millions more than we need to. A significant amount of fuel is burned while locomotives are...

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The Hidden Tech of Rail

Those who are unfamiliar with the intricacies of rail might assume it’s an antiquated form of transportation. But anyone who has ever worked in the rail industry knows it's the opposite of outdated. In fact, rail is far ahead of its time. Since the transition from...

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How Rail Is Helping Heroes

It’s easy to forget that rail can serve more purposes than transporting freight and passengers. Right now, trains are playing an instrumental role in containing the wildfires that have been quickly spreading across the West Coast. In Northern California, Union Pacific...

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Data Sharing Vs. Data Privacy

We’ve seen our priorities change as technology has developed. Increasingly, we’ve accepted that we must trade privacy for efficiency. This can be best exemplified by our attitudes toward data sharing. Data sharing is an integral part of countless businesses. In many...

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The Crowd Has Spoken

Since the 1800s, freight railroads have worked behind the scenes to provide people with the products that they need in a timely and environmentally-friendly manner. Only in 2020, however, Americans are beginning to recognize the impact that freight railroads have on...

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