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Freight traffic down through first three quarters of 2015 In reporting weekly U.S. rail traffic, as well as volumes for September 2015 and the first nine months of 2015, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) noted that modest gains in intermodal were not enough to completely offset declines in certain carload commodities, especially those tied to energy and steel.
Whiting’s Heldt elected LRIW President The League of Railway Industry Women has elected Jodi Heldt, a 20-year customer service veteran with railcar maintenance equipment manufacturer Whiting Corp., as President at its annual conference, held at Railway Interchange 2015 in Minneapolis. She was previously LRIW Second Vice President.
Greenbrier expands into Saudi Arabia as quarterly orders climb The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. announced Oct. 7, 2015 that it received diversified new orders in its fourth quarter ended Aug. 31, 2015 for 2,900 railcar units valued at $470 million. Orders for the quarter include medium- and hi-cube covered hopper cars, automobile carrying cars, boxcars and tank cars, include a recent award for 1,200 tank cars from Saudi Railway Company, marking Greenbrier’s entry into the Middle East.
HTSI lands Kansas City Downtown Streetcar contract In time for the arrival of the first Urbos 3 streetcar from CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles), the KC Streetcar Authority (KCSA) has entered into an operations and maintenance contract with Saint Joseph, Mo.-based Herzog Transit Services Inc. (HTSI) for the Kansas City Downtown Streetcar.
Progress Rail to acquire RPS from Amsted Progress Rail Services Corp., a Caterpillar company, on Sept. 28, 2015 entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Rail Product Solutions, Inc. (RPS) from Amsted Rail Company, Inc. RPS is a leading North America provider of track fastening products and integrated fastening systems.

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October 09, 2015
The fall foliage that bursts forth in the Northeastern United States is a beautiful thing to see—except when the leaves collect on railroad tracks, creating wheel slippage problems. That’s when NJ Transit deploys its AquaTrack machine to remove oily residue...
October 08, 2015
Back by popular demand, the Amtrak Autumn Express will operate this year on October 24 and 25 through parts of New York, Vermont and Massachusetts. "This unique excursion is an opportunity to see parts of southern New England not visible...
October 08, 2015
Tom Simpson, President of the Railway Supply Institute (RSI), announced Oct. 8, 2015 the election of three new members to the board of directors at the annual meeting held during this week’s Railway Interchange 2015 in Minneapolis. The new board...
October 08, 2015
CTC, Inc. (CTC), a provider of signaling, communications crossing warning systems, products and services to the rail industry, announced Oct. 8, 2015 that the company has been tapped by Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) to implement signal systems enhancements to...
October 08, 2015
Progress Rail Services Corp., a Caterpillar company, has acquired Haynes Corp., a manufacturer of precision diesel fuel injection systems for heavy-duty engines. Haynes Corporation products include fuel injection pumps, injector assembles, nozzle assemblies, delivery valves, plungers and barrels, electronic injectors and...

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September 30, 2015
That whooshing sound you may have heard early on Wednesday, Sept. 30 was a collective sigh of relief expelled by everybody who has been beating their head against the wall since 2008, when the Rail Safety Improvement Act mandating fully operational Positive Train Control by...
September 23, 2015
U.S. Senator Charles “Hold That Pose” Schumer (D-N.Y.), everybody’s favorite publicity-seeking, TV-camera-loving narcissistic politician, has been saying publicly that Amtrak’s board of directors has selected Alstom Transport to supply a fleet of new high-speed trainsets for the Boston-New York-Washington D.C. Northeast Corridor, to succeed aging...
September 11, 2015
Acting Federal Railroad Administrator Sarah Feinberg will respond to questions before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation at her confirmation hearing to become permanent FRA Administrator on Thursday, Sept. 17th at 9:45 a.m. Will the hearing be about her job qualifications, or...
September 08, 2015
An assistant to the president of the Westinghouse Air Brake Company once said, “… let us direct our thoughts toward what would be required in the way of equipment or system for the safe operation of a train with no person at the controls. It...
September 03, 2015
Here’s a mystery for you, but don’t anticipate—as in the board game, “Clue”—that it’s “Col. Mustard, in the library, with a candlestick.” The perp here is the U.S. Senate—the deed done under the Capitol Dome and with a pen (okay, a word processor).