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  • LONDON, Aug 13- Gas-fuelled locomotives are not a new idea. Plymouth Locomotive Company built the first propane-fuelled rail engine as early as 1936..

  • LONDON, Aug 12- From modest beginnings in the Barnett shale beneath the city of Fort Worth, unnoticed by most energy analysts, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing spread across North America and transformed all aspects of the energy landscape in under 10 years.

  • LONDON, Aug 7- Bakken crude is no more dangerous than other light sweet crudes and poses no greater risk when transported by rail, according to a report prepared for the North Dakota Petroleum Council, which represents oil producers and shippers in the state.

  • Aug 6- Coal miner Alpha Natural Resources Inc reported a slightly bigger adjusted net loss for the second quarter as coal prices remained weak. Alpha Natural is also being hurt by poor rail service in Wyoming's Powder River Basin, which is preventing the company from cashing in on an uptick in demand for electricity-generating coal.

  • July 31- Car rental company Avis Budget Group raised its full-year revenue and profit forecast as demand rose in North America and the company raised prices. The company raised its full-year profit forecast to $2.75- $3.05 per share from $2.50- $2.95 earlier and revenue expectation to $8.6- $8.7 billion from $8.4- $8.6 billion earlier.

  • July 24- Union Pacific Corp, the largest publicly traded U.S. railroad, reported a 17 percent rise in quarterly profit, mainly due to higher shipments of agricultural products and coal. Coal is Union Pacific's largest cargo in terms of volumes. Union Pacific has benefited from a rise in grain shipments meant for export to Mexico and China.

  • July 24- Union Pacific Corp, the largest publicly traded U.S. railroad, reported a 17 percent rise in quarterly profit, partly due to a rise in shipments at its agricultural products business. Net income rose to $1.29 billion, or $1.43 per share, in the quarter from $1.11 billion, or $1.18 per share, a year earlier. Total revenue rose 10 percent to $6.02 billion.

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- The U.S. ethanol industry pushed back on Wednesday against what they called a "one size fits all" approach to proposed federal rules for shipping fuel by rail, saying regulators must distinguish between the often corn-based biofuel and crude oil.

  • NEW YORK, July 23- The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed new safety rules for hauling crude oil by rail after a string of explosive accidents, in a move that could impact railroads, drillers, refiners and railcar makers amid an energy boom.

  • *2nd- qtr net profit $1.79/ shr vs est $1.74. July 23- U.S. railroad operator Norfolk Southern Corp reported a better-than-expected second-quarter profit, helped by higher volumes across its businesses as the economy improves.

  • TORONTO, July 21- Canadian National Railway Co, the country's largest rail operator, reported a big spike in profit on Monday as it moved record volumes of goods and made a swift recovery from last quarter's brutal winter weather.

  • TORONTO, July 21- Canadian National Railway Co, the country's largest rail operator, reported a big jump in profit on Monday and bolstered its 2014 financial outlook, reflecting a swift recovery from last quarter's tough winter weather.

  • HOUSTON, July 21- California refiners remain far behind peers elsewhere in the country in replacing expensive imports with cheaper North American crudes from a new production boom. More than half of the 1.7 million barrels of crude processed by California refineries each day is imported, largely from Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Iraq and Colombia.

  • WASHINGTON, July 18- North Dakota's Bakken oil patch has thrived thanks in large part to the once-niche business of hauling fuel on U.S. rail tracks.

  • July 18- Railroad operator Kansas City Southern reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue as it shipped more agriculture products and automobiles. Kansas City Southern operates on a unique, north-south route in central U.S. and derives half of its annual revenue from cross-border business with Mexico.

  • July 18- Railroad operator Kansas City Southern reported higher quarterly net income and revenue, helped by a jump in agriculture and automotive shipments. Net income available to common stockholders jumped to $129.8 million, or $1.18 per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $15.4 million, or 14 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • TORONTO, July 17- Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd reported stronger-than-expected results on Thursday, and said rising freight volumes and prices should push already record results to new highs later this year. The shares of the Calgary- based railway, which have risen some 20 percent since its last quarterly report, surged as much as 4.7 percent on the news.

  • WASHINGTON, July 14- Leaders of the U.S. energy and rail sectors have agreed to toughen tanker cars for future oil train cargo and to a schedule to retire older model cars that regulators have deemed unsafe, said two industry sources familiar with the plan. The Transportation Department is expected to outline that safety plan before the end of the month.

  • Argentina grain truckers say to strike from July 21 Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 4:53 PM ET

    BUENOS AIRES, July 11- Argentine truckers said on Friday they would go on strike from July 21 for an indefinite period in a move that could affect the delivery of grains to the main export ports in the agricultural powerhouse.

  • Truckers strike at Los Angeles, Long Beach ports Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 6:11 AM ET
    The Port of Los Angeles

    Drivers in a labor dispute with three trucking companies at the ports of LA and Long Beach began an indefinite strike Monday.