September 27, 2018 - Reading and Northern Railroad (R&N) continues to set records in 2018. As our business increases, so does the amount of train crews it requires to meet the demand. On Thursday, 9/27/2018 RBMN operated a record setting 21 crew starts in one day, surpassing the previous record of 20 crew starts set earlier this year. In order to meet the demand over 30 locomotives were utilized on the 21 jobs that operated.
In the last 3 years our average number of daily crew starts has doubled from 9 in 2015 to over 18 in 2018. Most of these increases can be attributed to increased demand for anthracite coal, significant growth in our freight business and additional passenger operations. In order to meet these demands, RBMN has purchased and rebuilt additional locomotives and hired a number of additional train service employees. This has put RBMN in a good position to handle our current and future record setting crew needs. We are all very proud of our continued growth and look forward to breaking our own records in the future.