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.

Friday, 06 October 2017 12:44

NS bracing for Nate

Norfolk Southern issued the following service advisory on Oct. 6 in anticipation of Tropical Storm Nate strengthening into a full-fledged hurricane and making landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast:

Thursday, 05 October 2017 10:53

NAS/TRB ECP study inconclusive

In response to a congressional request in the FAST (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) Act, The US Department of Transportation entered into an agreement with the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) Transportation Research Board (TRB) to conduct a two-phase study on ECP (electronically controlled pneumatic) freight train brakes.

American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) President Linda Bauer Darr on Oct. 4 testified before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials in support of the infrastructure needs of Class II and III railroads.

Thursday, 05 October 2017 08:45

Seidl named NEARS President at Fall Conference

The North East Association of Rail Shippers (NEARS) wrapped up its Fall 2017 Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa., “with record attendance and a plethora of outstanding speakers.,” according to Executive Director Scott McCalla. “This impressive lineup was highlighted by speakers from industry leading companies such as CN, Conrail, CSX, Koppers, Transplace, and US Steel.” And Cown and Company Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor Jason Seidl was elected President, succeeding Donald Cameron of Yusen Logistics (Americas), to serve the next two years.

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 07:33

NS names Ehlers CIO

Norfolk Southern on Oct. 3 appointed 32-year railroad veteran Fredric M. Ehlers as Chief Information Officer, effective immediately. He will continue serving as Vice President Information Technology, a position he has held since 2013.

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 07:21

Greenbrier FY4Q orders reach 3,900

Two railcar orders, one for 2,500 railcars valued at $200 million, the other for 1,400 valued at $120 million, have brought the Greenbrier Companies, Inc. to a total of 3,900 units ordered in the company’s fiscal fourth quarter ended Aug. 31, 2017. Greenbrier also expects to exceed previously announced diluted EPS guidance of $3.45 to $3.65 for its 2017 fiscal year, “excluding expected moderate non-cash impairment charges related to interest in GBW Railcar Services.”

Tuesday, 03 October 2017 13:50

Progress Rail, PHL showcase Tier 4 switcher

Progress Rail and Pacific Harbor Line, Inc. (PHL) on Oct. 2 showcased the U.S. EPA Tier 4-certified EMD24B switcher locomotive at the Port of Long Beach for port officials attending the American Association of Port Authorities 2017 convention.

Tuesday, 03 October 2017 13:07

Railway Interchange 2017 a record-setter

Organizers for Railway Interchange, North America’s largest railway industry exhibition and technical conference, report that the 2017 event, held in Indianapolis Sept. 17-20, posted total registered attendance of 8,150, with a record-breaking 738 exhibitors. There were 1,099 international attendees and 108 international exhibitors representing 46 countries.

Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:21

Brightline taps Helfman for marketing post

David Helfman, a veteran executive from the sports marketing industry, has joined Florida’s Brightline passenger rail service as Vice President of Corporate Partnerships. The company said he “will lead the charge on identifying and generating corporate partnerships for Brightline facilities.”

Two shipper surveys, one on railcars, the other on rail service, conducted by Cowen and Company at the Sept. 26-28 Northeast Association of Rail Shippers (NEARS) 2017 annual conference indicated mostly favorable results for the industry.


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