William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief

William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief

With Railway Age since 1992, William C. Vantuono has broadened and deepened the magazine's coverage of the technological revolution that is so swiftly changing the industry. He has also strengthened Railway Age’s leadership position in industry affairs with the conferences he conducts, among them Next-Generation Train Control, Light Rail, and Rail Insights. He is the author or co-author or editor of several books, among them All About Railroading; John Armstrong’s The Railroad: What It Is, What It Does; Railway Age’s Comprehensive Railroad Dictionary; and Planning, Engineering, and Operating Light Rail, With Applications in New Jersey.

New York Air Brake LLC will be moving its Watertown, N.Y.-based peripheral product assembly to NYAB operations in Salisbury, N.C. The change is part of what the company describes as “a realignment strategy [of] North American manufacturing operations.”

More than a half-century after the cashed-strapped, bankruptcy-headed Pennsylvania Railroad demolished the original, spacious and beautiful Pennsylvania Station New York, selling the air rights to developers and leaving a largely maligned, overcrowded underground complex in its place, construction is finally under way to transform the former Farley Post Office Building, across Eighth Avenue from Penn Station, into a grand new train station.

According to numerous observers, CSX service continues to deteriorate, threatening to affect other railroads and, by extension, the economy. Some customers have taken to giving rail traffic to competitor Norfolk Southern. Others, without any other rail options, have moved over to trucks. And some have petitioned the Surface Transportation Board and the House and Senate committees with responsibility for rail transportation to get involved. Letters from all sides have been circulating on Capitol Hill.

Thursday, 17 August 2017 14:11

UP cutting 750 jobs

Union Pacific on Aug. 16 said that by mid-September, 750 jobs from its 42,000-person work force will be eliminated—500 from management, 250 from the rank and file—saving the railroad approximately $110 million annually in G&A (general & administrative) costs.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 14:21

Leading 3PLs, fleet owners use RailSight

Railinc Corp. says use of its RailSight intermodal and railcar data services, software applications, and analytics insights solutions has grown to include eight of North America’s 10 largest third-party logistics (3PL) providers, as well as all 10 of the largest private railcar fleet owners in North America.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 07:07

CP Canada 150 special en-route to Ottawa

Canadian Pacific Railway played an important role in shaping Canada into the nation it is today, a nation celebrating its 150th anniversary. CP’s Canada 150 special, a rolling celebration of Canadian history and culture, will wind up a three-week tour on Aug. 20 in Ottawa, the country’s capital city.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 06:43

NS names Earhart EVP and CFO

Norfolk Southern has appointed Cynthia C. Earhart as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective Aug. 15, 2017. She succeeds Vice President and Controller Thomas E. Hurlbut, who served as interim CFO since Aug. 1, 2017, following the retirement of Marta R. Stewart.

Following a meeting with GATX CFO and EVP Robert Lyons and Director of Investor Relations Jennifer McManus, Cowen and Company analyst Matt Elkott “came away with reinforced confidence that this is one of the railcar leasing market's best operators … well-positioned to compete.“

Friday, 11 August 2017 06:46

BNSF 2Q17 revenue up 15%; OR drops to 65

Based on a 24% increase in net income for 2017’s second quarter, BNSF’s 2Q17 revenues increased 15% to $5.25 billion on 9% more revenue units and 5% more RPU (revenue per unit) than the prior-year quarter.

Friday, 11 August 2017 03:10

AAR recognizes Road & Rail Services

The Association of American Railroads recently awarded Road & Rail Services Inc. a top Automotive Quality Excellence Award for its efforts at the Talladega, Ala., facility, marking the third time the company has earned this award. Road & Rail was recognized for the “Highest Quality Review Score for Origin Facilities” for the period covering June 2016 to May 2017.

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