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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.

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st-louis-to-study-three-light-rail-extensions
June 24, 2016
St Louis County, Mo., announced on June 23 that feasibility studies will be commissioned into three potential extensions of the MetroLink light rail network, which have been identified as part of the region's long-range transportation plan. The three projects under consideration...
uics-loubinoux-awarded-bics-global-rail-freight-honor
June 24, 2016
The Bureau International des Containers (BIC) announced on June 23 that Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, General Director, International Union of Railways, (UIC) has won the 2016 BIC Award. The BIC award was presented to Loubinoux at a gala dinner hosted at UIC’s Global...
go-dutch-go-driverless
June 24, 2016
Dutch infrastructure manager Prorail confirmed at this week's TEN-T Days conference in Rotterdam that it is planning to test automated operation of freight trains on the Betuweroute dedicated freight line, which links Rotterdam with the German border near Emmerich. The trials,...
fra-faults-bolts-brakes-and-up-in-june-3rd-crude-oil-derailment
June 24, 2016
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. 16 tank cars of a Union Pacific train carrying 96 carloads of...
carbuilder-consolidation-might-make-sense-cowen-and-co
June 23, 2016
In the current down market, a “strong case” can be made for consolidation in the freight car building sector, according to Cowen and Company analyst Matt Elkott. “Builders could revisit mergers as a strategic step to soften the blow of the...

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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...