Positive Train Control

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Passenger ops lagging freight RRs in PTC progress: FRA The Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration released a status update today on railroads' progress implementing positive train control (PTC) systems in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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Veteran railroad signal engineer Keith Holt has left Amtrak, where he was Deputy Chief Engineer, Communications and Signals, to become Director of Engineering for Railroad Systems at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. Holt will be responsible for leadership, direction and management of...
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OSIsoft, a provider of operational intelligence software, and LILEE Systems, a provider of mobile communications systems for the transportation industry, have entered into an alliance “to improve safety and equipment health of rail and transportation networks through Big Data and...
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Wabtec Corp. on Feb. 21 reported results for 2016’s fourth quarter and full year, and issued financial guidance for 2017, that reflects “significant headwinds” in the freight and industrial markets, as well as ongoing effects from its acquisition of Faiveley...
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CN’s planned C$2.5 billion (US$1.9 billion) 2017 capital program is “focused on hardening core infrastructure,” the railroad said on Feb. 9. CN plans to invest approximately C$1.6 billion on track infrastructure “to maintain a safe and efficient network.” Planned work includes...
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Stuart Chirls has joined the staff of Railway Age as Senior Editor, based at Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp. headquarters in New York City. Chirls previously worked as digital editor for the Journal of Commerce covering container shipping, railroads, logistics, policy and global...

cn-2017-capex-c-billion
CN’s planned C$2.5 billion (US$1.9 billion) 2017 capital program is “focused on hardening core infrastructure,” the railroad said on Feb. 9. CN plans to invest approximately C$1.6 billion on track infrastructure “to maintain a safe and efficient network.” Planned work includes...
railway-age-welcomes-stuart-chirls-as-senior-editor
Stuart Chirls has joined the staff of Railway Age as Senior Editor, based at Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp. headquarters in New York City. Chirls previously worked as digital editor for the Journal of Commerce covering container shipping, railroads, logistics, policy and global...
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Next Generation Train Control (NGTC) has been a popular subject for conferences for a number of years. However, judging by the attendees at past NGTC-related conferences, this is a subject of little interest to the U.S. freight railroads. On the surface,...
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Kansas City Southern will invest $550 million to $560 million in 2017 capital, a 4% to 5% percent reduction from its $584 million 2016 capex program. Close to 45%, $247 million to $252 million, of the anticipated spend will go toward...
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BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) on Jan. 19 announced its 2017 capital expenditure plan will be approximately $3.4 billion.   Similar to last year’s $3.9 billion plan, the largest component of the plan will be to replace and maintain BNSF’s core network and...

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