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Inter-Rail Group News

Tampa Mechanical Start-Up

At the end of April, Inter-Rail Mechanical began operations at the Dixiana, SC automotive facility. On Monday, June 17th Inter-Rail Mechanical began operations at CSX’s Tampa, FL facility. Similar to operations in Dixiana, Inter-Rail mechanics will perform deck down repairs on railcars passing through to assist in avoiding line of road delays. Thank you to Chief Mechanical Officer, Bill Davis, Mechanical Operations Manager, John Eifert and Regional Manager, Mark Faulkenberry for making this possible!

Kent Scores a 99.85% on AAR Audit

On Tuesday, June 11th Team Kent set the bar high for the 2019-2020 scoring period, as they scored a 99.85% on their AAR Destination Review. This score puts them in first place, currently, to receive the highest destination score in North America during the 2019-2020 time period. The year is new, as it runs from June 1st-May 31st, but Team Kent has posted a number. Congratulations to Operations Manager, CJ McMillian on his first audit score and to the entire team! A celebration has not yet been set, but we are aiming for September.

1 Year Injury Free

Congratulations to the Kansas City Argentine and San Bernardino teams for working 1-year injury free! A few years ago, this would have seemed impossible, but both teams have made safety a priority and the proof is in the results. These are two of Inter-Rail’s larger facilities, so if they can do it, every facility can. Thank you to both management teams for their commitment to safety and to the BNSF for believing in us!

Inter-Rail to Present at Annual AAR Damage Prevention Conference

After President, Seth Rickets and Vice President of Rail Operations, James Handlin gave their presentation on the Precision Spacing Tool (PST) at the bi-annual VEQ Conference, Inter-Rail was asked to present at the AAR Damage Prevention Conference in Omaha, NE in July. The presentation will showcase what the PST can do to improve multi-level placement scores across North America, as it has the ability to compress or extend railcar junctions. The PST is the only tool of its kind and is now available for lease through Inter-Rail.

“S.T.O.M.P.E.R. of the Month”

All Inter-Rail facilities are on-board the Safety Train, as we have officially implemented our new safety campaign nationwide. S.T.O.M.P., which stands for Stop, Think, Observe, Make a plan, and Proceed, focuses in on eliminating accidents, injuries and unsafe acts in the red zone. It is our recipe for success as we stay committed to working accident and injury-free while delivering a quality product to our customers. However, we need boots on the ground to support this initiative.

The “S.T.O.M.P.E.R. of the Month” award recognizes those associates who are making a difference out in the field. The first “S.T.O.M.P.E.R. of the Month” recipient is Magdaleno Velazquez. Magdaleno has been an employee at Inter-Rail’s San Bernardino facility for the last three years as an Unloader. “He has always been vocal during safety meetings and while working on the facility,” says an associate who nominated Velazquez. “If he sees any potential safety hazard, he will bring it to management’s attention immediately.” Thank you, Magdaleno, for playing an essential part in making San Bernardino a safer operation.

Team Portland Rocks Out Another Great AAR Audit

Team Portland continues to show the Inter-Rail network why the “Facility of the Year” trophy has a home at their facility. On Tuesday, May 21st the AAR arrived at Portland Rivergate to perform an audit in which they received an impressive score of 99.96%. From an Inter-Rail perspective, they scored a 100% as they weren’t responsible for any of the exceptions noted.

On the morning of Monday, June 3rd, just weeks after the audit at the BNSF Rivergate facility, the AAR arrived on site to complete a Destination Review at the Union Pacific Barnes Yard. They received a score of 99.33%. This score now brings Inter-Rail’s AAR average to 99.50% after seven audits year to date. As mentioned during one of our weekly safety calls, they are doing all they can to make sure that they keep that trophy another year. Thank you, and congratulations to General Manager, Larry Holmquist, and Operations Managers, Zack Altig and Ryan Knoke for making scores like these possible.

2019 AAR Audit Scores

    • Palm Center, FL – 99.67% on 02/05
    • Miami, FL – 98.31% on 02/06
    • Jacksonville, FL – 99.60% on 02/20
    • San Bernardino, CA – 99.93% on 03/11
    • Orillia, WA – 99.68% on 04/09
    • Portland Rivergate, OR – 99.96% on 05/24
    • Portland Barnes, OR – 99.33% on 06/03
    • Kent, WA – 99.85% on 06/11

One Year Injury Free

    •  San Bernardino, CA
    •  Kansas City Argentine, KS