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Wabtec reports record first-quarter earnings
An 18% increase in sales combined with a 19% increase in earnings per diluted share compared to a year ago produced a record first-quarter 2015 for Wilmerding, Pa.-based Wabtec Corp. First-quarter 2015 sales were $819 million, compared to first-quarter 2014’s $695...
Another PTC extension bill enters the fray
Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) (collectively called “Schumenthal” by some critics—Editor) have introduced their version of a Positive Train Control (PTC) extension bill that joins a similar effort introduced by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). Where Sen. Blunt’s legislation,...
Dispatching, says Norfolk Southern Manager-Dispatch Planning Systems Charlie Turnipseed, “is like a game of chess.” Like chess players, train dispatchers are constantly thinking ahead, planning movements, moving “pieces”—trains—across the “board”—the railroad’s 22-state, 11-operating-division, 20,000-mile system—and dealing with “opponents”—the numerous types...
RailComm notes completion of cutover
Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm says it has "completed cutover of a completely new switch interlocking at a North American Class I yard located in Indiana. "Each switch machine or crossover in the interlocking can be controlled individually or in combinations to set...
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...
RailComm brings the heat to AirTrain JFK
Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm said Friday, Feb. 18, 2015 the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey's AirTrain JFK now has more third rail heaters in place remotely controlled using RailComm technology. RailComm made the announcement as AirTrain JFK, serving John...
Florida East Coast Railway retains Wi-Tronix
Wi-Tronix®, LLC said Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 it has signed a contract with Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) "to continue a strategic relationship." Wi-Tronix said it will provide remote locomotive monitoring and Software as a Service (SaaS) to FECR's entire fleet,...
Votes, media time, press clippings—or safety?
I never get tired of explaining the simple mathematics that govern safe train operations. The more thorough our grasp of the simple mathematics of time, distance, velocity, acceleration, coefficient of friction, etc., the more sophisticated, deeper, more inclusive becomes our...
Simmons-Boardman Rail Group awarded Railway Interchange 2015 event guide contract and electronic media partnership
Simmons-Boardman Rail Group, which consists of Railway Age, Railway Track & Structures (RT&S), and International Railway Journal (IRJ), has been awarded the event guide contract and emedia partner for Railway Interchange 2015. Simmons-Boardman Rail Group plans to provide comprehensive news coverage...
RailComm completes Blue Flag system upgrade
Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm said Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 it has completed the Blue Flag System upgrade "at a North American Class I main line refueling facility located in Temple, Tex." The upgrade includes the installation of multiple new bi-directional Blue Flag...
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