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Progressive Railroading

Progressive Railroading October 2020 Editorial Lineup

Cover Story:

Class I Focus — CSX

Like other railroads — and like a lot of businesses — CSX had a rough second quarter because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Second-quarter revenue tumbled 26 percent year over year to $2.26 billion due to volume declines, an unfavorable mix, decreases in fuel recovery, declines in coal pricing and lower other revenue, CSX reported in its Q2 financial statement. Those decreases were partially offset by pricing gains in merchandising and intermodal. How will the Class I get past the extremely difficult quarter? For answers, Managing Editor Jeff Stagl talks with the members of the CSX leadership team.

Special Section:

Progressive Railroading's 19th Annual Passenger Rail at a Glance

As North American transit agencies attempt to recover pandemic-related ridership losses while maintaining a state of good repair in an always-precarious funding environment, they must find ways to continue to invest in passenger rail — whether it means purchasing modern equipment/new technology, replacing aging infrastructure or building new lines. What types of projects are agencies investing in? Who's investing in rolling stock? What are their annual operating costs? Capital costs? It's all here in "Passenger Rail at a Glance," our annual report featuring transit agency facts and figures. The 2020 edition details current and proposed capital projects from more than two dozen of the continent's largest transit agencies.

MOW/Annual Market Update:

Cross, Switch and Bridge Ties

What do wood-tie production, purchase and inventory levels look like? And what are they telling observers about where the market's going? For context and perspective, we talk with the Railway Tie Association, and tie suppliers and treaters. Also: We'll check in with suppliers of concrete, steel and composite ties, who'll talk market trends and share product updates.


Wireless Train Communications Networks— Focus on Wireless Radio Technologies

What's new in wireless radio technology as it applies to the rail realm? For an update, we reach out to a sampling of technology providers.


Track Geometry Technology

Suppliers continue to develop efficient and cost-effective tools to measure and inspect track geometry. What's new in the world of track-recording geometry cars and equipment? A cross-section of technology and equipment providers tell us what's available these days.

Mike Singler

Mike Singler

Regional Sales Manager

All editorial topics are subject to change without notice.