Railway Age News

It’s Friday afternoon, before Columbus Day weekend. I’ve just spent most of the day posting a lot of useful news on our website (well, at least I think it's useful). At 4:30 pm, a press release invades my email inbox. It’s from Amtrak. It has to do with expansion of Amtrak's Pets on Trains program to Northeast Corridor Regional trains. Okay, I say, I’ll give it a look. It’s not earth shattering news, and our business-to-business publication won’t suffer for not running it. So I give it a look.

Keolis Commuter Services has awarded GIRO, a supplier of planning, scheduling and managment software for public transit and paratransit operations, a contract for a HASTUS-Rail installation to optimize scheduling and manage daily operations of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) commuter rail system, which Keolis operates and maintains.

A shipment of six sustainable locomotives built in the U.S. by Railserve is on a 6,000-mile ocean voyage to Africa where they will soon be in operation as freight locomotives in Gabon.

UITP (International Association of Public Transport), which represents 1,400 member agencies in 96 countries, has opened a new office in New York City “to support the growth in urban transit projects across North America.”

Bombardier Transportation is expanding its North American signaling and train control presence through two new rail transit projects.

The fall foliage that bursts forth in the Northeastern United States is a beautiful thing to see—except when the leaves collect on railroad tracks, creating wheel slippage problems. That’s when NJ Transit deploys its AquaTrack machine to remove oily residue from fallen leaves and combat wheel slippage.

Back by popular demand, the Amtrak Autumn Express will operate this year on October 24 and 25 through parts of New York, Vermont and Massachusetts. "This unique excursion is an opportunity to see parts of southern New England not visible by car on a route not traversed by passenger trains in decades," Amtrak says.

Tom Simpson, President of the Railway Supply Institute (RSI), announced Oct. 8, 2015 the election of three new members to the board of directors at the annual meeting held during this week’s Railway Interchange 2015 in Minneapolis. The new board members are: Jason Connell, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, New York Air Brake; Adam Lent, Assistant Vice President, Supply Chain, TTX Company; and William P. O’Donnell, Executive Director of Global Sales, Miner Enterprises.

CTC, Inc. (CTC), a provider of signaling, communications crossing warning systems, products and services to the rail industry, announced Oct. 8, 2015 that the company has been tapped by Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) to implement signal systems enhancements to the A-train, its 21-mile commuter rail line.

Progress Rail Services Corp., a Caterpillar company, has acquired Haynes Corp., a manufacturer of precision diesel fuel injection systems for heavy-duty engines.

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