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PTC hosting, Herzog-style Herzog Technologies, Inc. (HTI) has rolled out Herzog PTC Hosting, described as “providing Positive Train Control messaging capabilities, back office SaaS (software as a service) and a variety of other PTC services to help railroads meet PTC requirements without large up-front capital investments or lengthy setup timelines.”
First Siemens Charger locomotives head to TTCI The first two Siemens SC-44 Charger diesel passenger locomotives have arrived in Colorado for the start of testing at TTCI’s Pueblo, Colo., facility.
FRA faults bolts, brakes and UP in June 3 crude oil derailment The Federal Railroad Administration on June 23, 2106 released its preliminary findings on the June 3 Oregon crude oil derailment and found at fault: bolts, brakes and Union Pacific.
Grain gain helps offset coal and crude crash In reporting U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 18, 2016, the Association of American Railroads noted a large increase in grain shipments that partially offset substantial losses in coal and petroleum products.
MTS state performance audit yields perfect score A comprehensive performance audit of San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) operations performed by the State of California found full compliance, with auditors “lauding MTS as positioned well for continued responsible financial management,” the agency said on June 20, 2016.

Breaking News

head-on-crash-on-bsf-transcon
June 29, 2016
Two BNSF intermodal trains collided head-on early Tuesday morning, June 28, 2016, on the railroad’s busy Chicago-Los Angeles Transcon near Panhandle, Tex., about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo. Three crew members were missing and one was injured in the accident,...
maryland-purple-line-closes-financial-deal
June 28, 2016
Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and Purple Line Transit Partners, have signed the final financial documents for a $5.6 billion PPP contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the light rail Purple Line north of...
cn-appoints-mike-cory-as-chief-operating-officer-and-ghislain-houle-as-chief-financial-officer
June 28, 2016
Luc Jobin, incoming president and chief executive officer of CN announced on June 27th the appointments of Mike Cory as executive vice-president and chief operating officer, and Ghislain Houle as executive vice-president and chief financial officer. Cory's and Houle's appointments will...
fwta-gets-greenlight-to-start-tex-rail-construction
June 28, 2016
The Federal Transit Administration has awarded a Letter of No Prejudice (LONP) to the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) for TEX Rail, which means that construction for the 27-mile commuter rail can break ground next month. The LONP authorizes FWTA to...
irish-rail-tests-longer-freight-trains
June 28, 2016
Irish Rail (IE) operated a 440 meter (almost 1/3 mile) long container freight train between Dublin North Wall and Claremorris on June 27 as part of trials to introduce longer freight trains later this year to boost its competitiveness. The trials...

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time-again-to-reason-together
June 22, 2016
At a time when polemics is delivering knockout blows to civil discourse and collaboration, a 78-year-old former amateur boxer—still punching above his weight—has advice on peaceful dispute resolution that lawmakers, regulators, rail executives and labor leaders would do well to read, mark and inwardly digest.
amtrak-188-wreck-opinion-ntsb-responds
June 09, 2016
David Schanoes’ personal analysis of the Amtrak train No. 188 derailment at Frankford Junction curve on the Northeast Corridor last year elicited a response from National Transportation Safety Board Director Robert J. Hall, P.E. We publish it in full, followed by Schanoes’s response:
texas-choo-choo-a-pain-on-the-range
June 05, 2016
I wish I may, I wish I might, I wish to be an interstate passenger railroad tonight.
a-final-helping-of-amtrak’s-“swedish-meatball”
May 25, 2016
You know you’re getting old when a locomotive that has hauled passenger trains on which you’ve ridden as an adult winds up in a museum.
the-short-the-long-the-skinny-and-the-fat
May 18, 2016
Executive Summary: After one year of investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the cause of the fatal derailment of Amtrak train 188 at Frankford Junction is exactly the same as the cause determined within eight hours by everyone who knows anything about...