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.
New Jersey Transit’s newest locomotive made its first revenue service run May 30. The ALP-45DP (dual-power), described by NJT as a “hybrid” locomotive in that it operates under AC-catenary electric or diesel-electric power, is the first of its type in North America.
Race report courtesy of Furniture Row Racing: Regan Smith was one of the early victims of an engine failure in the Sunday, May 6 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Not soon after the 43-car field took the green flag to start the Aaron’s 499, Smith saw his day come to an end when smoke started to spew out of his no. 78 Furniture Row Racing/Farm American Chevrolet on Lap 15 of 188.
Economic Planning Associates has released its first-quarter 2012 report on the freight car market, and while there has been a decline in carbuilder backlogs, EPA has not measurably changed its forecast since its last report. EPA noted that “the railroads will continue to support demand for railcars.”
Florida East Coast Railway, L.L.C. received the 2011 American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association President’s Award for its outstanding safety record. The President’s Award, first presented in 2006, is awarded to the ASLRRA-member railroad with the lowest injury frequency rate in its category. FEC posted the best safety rate in the more than 500,000 man-hours category. FEC achieved an 0.56 frequency rate, which was below the industry average.
“Safety is a top priority for FEC, and this award shows the commitment and dedication of everyone at FEC to maintaining a safe working environment for our employees,” said FEC President and CEO James R. Hertwig.
Union Pacific General Director Car and Locomotive Engineering Michael Iden, Chicago, Ill., has been awarded the 2012 John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence Award by the Association of American Railroads.
BNSF Railway has honored the accomplishments of its 2011 Safety Employees of the Year, Achievement Award winners, and “Best of the Best” safety team leaders.
The Surface Transportation Board has ordered BNSF and Union Pacific to pay reparations totaling $9,244,144 to Arizona Electric Power Cooperative for rate overcharges for the movement of utility coal.
Stephen J. Morello, who has served for the past year as deputy director of communications in the office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, is joining the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as director of communications, government relations, and community affairs divisions of the MTA and its agencies. His formal title is counselor to MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph J. Lhota.
“Steve Morello will be an invaluable asset to the MTA,” Lhota said. “He has served three governors and one mayor, and I look forward to gaining his insights and guidance as we work to make the MTA more transparent and improve our image in the eyes of all our customers and elected officials.”
Forty-five Norfolk Southern chemical customers have earned the railroad’s Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award for their safe handling of chemical products in 2011.
Indiana Rail Road Company (INRD) President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Hoback accepted Railway Age’s 2012 “Regional Railroad of the Year” award at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s national convention in Indianapolis April 24.