With Railway Age since 1992, Bill 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 on operating passenger trains on freight railroads and communications-based train control.
Wi-Tronix LLC®, a provider of remote monitoring products and services for the rail, marine and mining industries, offersd its Wi-Power III, which it describes as “an intelligent power supply that provides customers improved asset utilization, availability and reliability.”
Union Pacific has promoted two public affairs officers to new positions, effective Oct. 1, 2015. Wes Lujan has been named Vice President Public Affairs, Western Region, and Liisa Stark has been named Assistant Vice President Public Affairs for Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
“As one of the nation’s premier transportation companies, with an important role in transporting agricultural and food-service products, CSX recognizes that there are communities across its network that lack the fresh foods that are essential for human health,” according to Regional Vice President for State Government and Community Affairs Randy Cheetham.
Metra, Chicago’s commuter rail operator, has awarded Parsons a contract to install Positive Train Control (PTC) technology on its commuter rail lines.
The new WheelStar-UFPE from GE Measurement & Control is described as “a purpose-built, automated ultrasonic inspection system that allows for comprehensive non-destructive examination of railcar wheels during maintenance without the need to remove the wheelset from the railcar.”
Broomfield, Colo.-based Encore Rail Systems, Inc., a single-source provider of tie plugging and rail seat abrasion prevention and repair equipment and compounds, on Sept. 2, 2015 announced the retirement of Doug Delmonico, the company's Founder.
In reporting weekly U.S. rail traffic as well as volumes for August 2015 and the first eight months of 2015, the Association of American Railroads said that traffic is beginning to show some signs of growth.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is soliciting applications from states for $10 million in competitive grant funding to improve highway-rail grade crossings and right-of-way along routes that transport energy products such as crude oil and ethanol. Funding comes from the STEP (Safe Transportation of Energy Products) by Rail program administered by PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration).
Wabtec Corp. and RPC-UWC (Russian Research and Production Corporation-United Wagon Company) have signed a 10-year agreement for supply of freight car truck castings to the U.S. The joint venture was announced at the Fifth International Fair of Railway Equipment and Technologies EXPO 1520 in Sherbinka, near Moscow.
Norfolk Southern unveiled on Sept. 1, 2015 its new GP33ECO switcher locomotive during ceremonies at Inman Yard in Atlanta, Ga.