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PTC vs. Legacy Train Control Redux The title of Larry Light’s “PTC vs. Legacy Train Control” article in the June 2016 issue of Railway Age (full text follows this article) promised a balanced discussion of the differences between newer and older versions of train control. In reality, the article focused on why he believes that legacy train control systems need to be maintained.
Two arguments on two-person crews The Federal Railroad Administration, at a July 15, 2016 hearing regarding the agency’s proposed rule mandating two-person crews, heard two sharply contrasting arguments, one from freight rail management, the other from labor.
Hunter Harrison readies for a transition E. Hunter Harrison came out of retirement in 2012 to lead Canadian Pacific out of the Class I basement, where it had languished for several years. The following year, his protégé, Keith Creel, left CN to join his mentor. Next July, Creel will officially fill Harrison’s shoes upon Harrison’s retirement after more than a half-century in railroading.
AAR: Total weekly rail traffic down 5.6% The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jul. 16, 2016:
First Metrolink F125 locomotive unveiled in Los Angeles Southern California locomotive commuter rail operator Metrolink unveiled its first EMD F125 diesel locomotive at Los Angeles Union Station on July 18. The F125 is compliant with the latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 emissions standards and will reduce particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 85%.

Breaking News

for-up-a-challenging-second-quarter
July 22, 2016
Revenue declines in six traffic groups were a key contributing factor in Union Pacific’s second-quarter financials, for which the railroad reported diluted earnings per share of $1.17, a 15% decline from the prior-year quarter; operating income of $1.66 billion, down...
davis-appointed-contracts-manager-with-wsp-|-parsons-brinckerhoff
July 22, 2016
Ryan Davis has been appointed a contracts manager with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. Davis, who is based in the firm’s Los Angeles transportation and infrastructure office, provides contract management support for the Purple Line Extension project in Los Angeles, coordinating with...
first-precast-train-beam-goes-up-in-miamicentral
July 22, 2016
The first of 247 massive precast concrete beams (also known as Florida I Beams or FIBs) was lifted into place at MiamiCentral this week, as the 11-acre transportation hub that will host Brightline passenger trains continues to take shape in...
byrne-named-vice-chairman-rsictc
July 22, 2016
The Railway Supply Institute Committee on Tank Cars (RSICTC) has named veteran railcar design and regulatory compliance and safety professional John Byrne as Vice Chairman. Byrne succeeds William Finn, who retired earlier in 2016. Byrne has spent his entire career in...
rssi-hosts-1550-in-grapevine
July 21, 2016
The Railway Systems Suppliers Inc. 56th Annual C&S Exhibition at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Tex., in late June 2016 attracted more than 1,550 rail and transit customers, suppliers and guests. Representatives from the seven North American Class I railroads,...

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it-can’t-happen-over-there
July 18, 2016
I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard or read or been told how much safer rail transportation is in Europe than it is in the United States.
labor’s-not-so-smart-gamble-on-fra
July 08, 2016
News items: A convoy of self-driving trucks recently traversed Europe. Driverless trucks are undergoing public-road testing in California and Nevada. And Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx supports development of vehicles “that can drive themselves better than a human.” Baby boomers may be skeptical, but not digital-native...
the-positive-legacy-of-lac-mégantic-zero
July 08, 2016
Three years ago, in the early hours of July 13, a runaway oil train exploded in the then-idyllic lakeside town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, killing 47 people.
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: