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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.
Brightline gears up with first engine install Brightline announced June 28 that it is celebrating another milestone in the building of its trainsets as it installed the Cummins prime-mover into its first diesel-electric Charger locomotive at the Siemens manufacturing facility in Sacramento, Calif. where the trainsets are being built.
Summer don’t slump: Weekly AAR rail traffic report The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jun. 25, 2016, with fewer declines than previous weeks as we head into summer.
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.

Breaking News

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July 01, 2016
Brookville Equipment Corporation shipped its third of four American-manufactured Liberty Streetcars on order to the City of Dallas and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) this week, marking the completion of the first of two vehicles ordered by DART in a...
ntsb-takes-over-bnsf-texas-derailment-investigation
June 30, 2016
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has taken control of the investigation into the June 28, 2016 accident between two BNSF intermodal trains near Panhandle, Tex. The head-on collision sparked a fire and left one crew member injured, two dead and...
montreal-electrifies-start-of-tendering
June 30, 2016
CDPQ Infra, Canada, published two requests for qualification on June 28 for its $C5.5 billion ($US4.26 billion) Metropolitan Electric Network (REM) project in Montreal to qualify candidates to bid for two contracts to build and equip the automated rail network. The...
freight-car-demand-“significantly-weakened”-economic-planning-associates
June 30, 2016
Railcar demand “has weakened significantly in this year’s opening quarter and backlogs have dropped to only 95,038 cars,” according to the most recent report issued by Economic Planning Associates. The smaller backlog represents 5.6 quarters (roughly 17 months, through November...
aar-weekly
June 29, 2016
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jun. 25, 2016, with fewer declines than previous weeks as we head into summer. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 526,161 carloads and intermodal...

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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...