OmniTRAX names former UP executive as board chairman

News Wire Digest third section for June 16: Ottawa plans another light-rail shutdown; owner sought for gold left on Swiss train
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Cameron Scott

Still more Tuesday morning rail news:

OmniTRAX names Cameron Scott as board chairman

Cameron Scott, a former executive vice president and chief operating officer at Union Pacific, has been named chairman of the board of directors for short line holding company OmniTRAX. Scott held that position from 2014 until his retirement in 2019, after previously serving as vice president, network planning and operations. “As our customers ramp up for increased demand consumption and new supply chain models, our focus is on growing carload volume to support those expanded needs, as well as investing in our assets and the communities we serve,” OmniTRAX CEO Kevin Shuba said in a news release. “Cam’s record of optimizing rail operations and his extensive network of contacts provide the ideal guidance to meet the needs of a changing marketplace.” 

Ottawa sets another light-rail shutdown
The City of Ottawa is planning another closure of its troubled light rail Confederation Line, as contract operator Rideau Transit Group continues to address ongoing reliability issues. reports a full closure is planned for Sunday, June 21, with partial closures June 22-24. Bus service will replace the light rail during the closures.

Lighter side: Swiss seek owner of gold left on train
If you’ve lost some gold, Swiss authorities may be looking for you. More than 6.6 pounds of gold bars, worth an estimated $191,000, were left on a Swiss Federal Railways train in October 2019, and CNN reports officials are seeking the owner. Having failed to otherwise track down the owner, the government is now publicizing its effort to find the individual who forgot the parcel containing the gold. The gold was left on a train traveling between St. Gallen and Lucerne, and has been confiscated by Lucerne’s public prosecutor’s office. The owner has five years to make a claim for the precious metal.

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