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Perspectives & Updates

Want to get a better sense of what’s happening at Greenbrier?

Barge launches, conference highlights, trade shows, white papers, community activities, industry commentary, awards and recognition, or employee profiles, it’s all here at Perspectives & Updates.

Additionally, our annual company review video is available on our financial information page for those wishing to get a high-level overview of our recent performance.

  • Tue, Mar 8, 2016 09:06 AM PST

    Video: Greenbrier Launches Second Articulated Kirby Barge

    On January 23rd, 2016, we launched our second articulated Kirby barge at our flagship manufacturing plant, Gunderson, in Portland, Oregon.  A little rain didn't deter crowds from coming out to see this impressive barge, measuring more than one and a half football fields long and one of the largest ever built in Greenbrier's history.

  • Thu, Feb 4, 2016 12:01 PM PST

    U.S. Legislative Update for the Freight Rail Industry: FAST Act & 2016 Omnibus Appropriations

    For the first time three years, Congress passed a funding and authorization bill to govern United States federal surface transportation spending. In December, the FAST Act (“Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act”) passed and was signed followed immediately by the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill later in the month. Both pieces of legislation have important implications for the freight rail industry. Here’s our analysis.

  • Tue, Dec 29, 2015 08:00 AM PST

    The Basics of Railcar Cleaning & Re-Lining

    Like the cars, SUVs and trucks we drive, freight railcars periodically need basic maintenance to operate safely and efficiently. At GBW Railcar Services, we offer a multitude of maintenance and repair services to keep railcars in good working order. 

  • Tue, Nov 10, 2015 12:00 PM PST

    Freight Rail: Change is the Only Constant

    Each year brings a new dynamic to the freight rail industry. Sometimes the shift is subtle while other times black swan events catch many by surprise. One only needs to look back to the end of 2014 to find the most recent example of such a tectonic shift, when oil prices fell nearly 50% to their lowest normalized level since the mid 2000’s.

  • Sat, May 30, 2015 10:32 AM PST

    Launch of Kirby Barge Draws Record Crowd

    On May 30th, 2015, a clear, sunny Saturday in Portland, Oregon, a record crowd of nearly 3,000 people flocked to see the launch of Kirby Barge 185-01 at Greenbrier’s Gunderson flagship manufacturing facility on The Columbia River.

  • Mon, May 4, 2015 10:30 AM PST

    Safety is Everyone's Business

    Below is an editorial that appeared in the May 2015 issue of Railway Age Magazine. It was written by James Hall, the former Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and sponsored by Greenbrier as part of the Safer Tank Cars Now campaign.