Positive Train Control

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PTC relief on the way? The U.S. railroad industry has been scrambling since 2008 to meet the requirements of an unfunded federal government mandate—namely, having Positive Train Control installed and fully operational by Dec. 31, 2015 on 60,000 miles of track where hazmat and passenger trains operate. Parallel to the PTC initiative has been a battle waged on Capitol Hill to extend the end-of-the-year deadline. That effort may be paying off, and the railroads may one day be grateful that they have a Thune on their side.

San Jose, Calif.-based Lilee Systems on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 announced "the availability of its TransAir™ LMS-2450 series, a locomotive messaging and application server (LMS) series that the company says "gives freight and passenger rail operators the ability to achieve...
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The National Transportation Safety Board has released it 2015 list of ten “Most Wanted” areas that require safety improvements. Six of the ten are either rail specific or multi-modal; four, among them tank car safety, are new. The ten most-wanted improvements...
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The Federal Railroad Administration has given Caltrain the green light to proceed with the installation and testing of its CBOSS (Caltrain Communications Based Overlay Signal System) Positive Train Control (PTC) technology. Parsons is leading the design, procurement, and installation of...
Railway Equipment Co. (RECo) has announced additions and improvements to its high-efficiency, reliable Cragg Railcharger switch mode power supply battery charger line, including a new 60 amp Switch Mode Charger (SMC) that is one of the first SMC battery chargers...
Somebody asked me my opinion, and you know how dangerous that can be... After the Federal Railroad Administration announced its proposed rule-making on mandatory train crew size; after BNSF and SMART announced a tentative agreement on single-person operating crews for certain...

fra-green-lights-cboss-ptc
The Federal Railroad Administration has given Caltrain the green light to proceed with the installation and testing of its CBOSS (Caltrain Communications Based Overlay Signal System) Positive Train Control (PTC) technology. Parsons is leading the design, procurement, and installation of...
Railway Equipment Co. (RECo) has announced additions and improvements to its high-efficiency, reliable Cragg Railcharger switch mode power supply battery charger line, including a new 60 amp Switch Mode Charger (SMC) that is one of the first SMC battery chargers...
Somebody asked me my opinion, and you know how dangerous that can be... After the Federal Railroad Administration announced its proposed rule-making on mandatory train crew size; after BNSF and SMART announced a tentative agreement on single-person operating crews for certain...
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BNSF Railway conductors and ground-service workers represented by General Committee GO-001 of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air and Rail Transportation Workers (SMART, formerly the United Transportation Union) have rejected a proposal to allow freight trains equipped with Positive...
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R.J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC has acquired St. Augustine, Fla.-based Roadway Worker Training, Inc. (RWT), which provides specialized training and support services to the railroad industry. RWT, founded in 2001, has four business divisions—RWT Signal Services, Railroad Protective Services, Focal Point...