Class 1 Pandemic Absences Set Record

Citing Federal Railroad Administration data, Trains magazine reported Monday on its website that COVID-19 infections and quarantines among Class I railroad employees set a record in late January.

For the week ending Jan. 22, 2,275 workers had contracted the virus and 1,908 were in quarantine.

That total of 4,183 eclipsed the record of 4,100 set in the week ending Jan. 9, 2021.

The Trains report indicated that the number of Class I employees idled due to COVID-19 was up 92 percent since the week ending Dec. 25, 2021.

The report said Class 1 railroads have had to hold some trains due to lack of crews. The Trains report can be read at

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