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.
Ethanol tank car manway cover pivoting eyebolts must be tightened with precise torque. Not enough torque, and there is risk of leakage. Too much torque, and emergency responders to a derailment will be unable to quickly knock the bolts loose with an axe to relieve interior pressure, as explained to Railway Age by Norbar Torque Tools Inc. National Sales Manager Sam Ortolini and Midwest Regional Sales Manager Chuck Powell at Railway Interchange 2015 (Booth 3811, RSI).
Miner Enterprises Inc.’s Double Grove III plastic pellet gate, featured at Railway Interchange 2015 (Booth 3609, RSI), is simple to operate, clean and wash out, and provides a watertight seal when closed and locked, this long-time supplier with more than 116 years of discharge systems experience says.
The appropriately named Atlas line of knuckles, couplers and yokes from Strato, Inc., showcased at Railway Interchange 2015 (Booth 3709, RSI), are produced with “an optimum manufacturing process that ensures consistent dimensions for proper fit and function, longer fatigue life and smoother surface finish to reduce the amount of stress risers and minimize crack initiation.”
An APU (auxiliary power unit) idle reduction system that requires a smaller installation footprint, and electric coolant/lube heating systems that feature a more-user-friendly, simplified design are among the technologies showcased by HOTSTART at Railway Interchange 2015 (Booth 3131, RSI).
RailComm is launching its newest smart monitoring and analytics platform, RailComm InsightTM, at Railway Interchange 2015 in Minneapolis, Oct. 4-6. In addition, the company will be showcasing other new software and hardware products for yard automation and main line dispatching.
NRE’s NREX 2015 Genset on Aug. 14, 2015 became the first locomotive to be verified by the California Environmental Protection Agency as achieving U.S. EPA Tier 4 emission standards.
A Blue Ribbon Panel convened by Amtrak is recommending co-located train dispatchers, improved operating practices, and capital improvement projects to help relieve rail gridlock in and around Chicago and prevent an estimated $800 billion in nationwide economic impacts resulting from the congestion.
That whooshing sound you may have heard early on Wednesday, Sept. 30 was a collective sigh of relief expelled by everybody who has been beating their head against the wall since 2008, when the Rail Safety Improvement Act mandating fully operational Positive Train Control by the stroke of midnight Jan. 1, 2016, was passed.
Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) 248 has issued recommendations to settle a contract dispute between New Jersey Transit and the Rail Labor Coalition of 14 unions representing 4,300 union workers that has dragged on for four years, with no end in sight and the looming possibility of a strike or lockout.
Progress Rail Services Corp., a Caterpillar company, on Sept. 28, 2015 entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Rail Product Solutions, Inc. (RPS) from Amsted Rail Company, Inc. RPS is a leading North America provider of track fastening products and integrated fastening systems.