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.
Two American Association of Railroad Superintendents-sponsored scholarships are available for Class III railroad employees interested in attending the Michigan State University Certificate Course in Railway Management.
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood says the Obama Administration is committed to high speed rail not just as a recipient of short-term stimulus funding, but for the long fun as well, and seeks to expand HSR in “five or six regions” in the U.S.
New York City’s Canarsie L line became the first in the system Tuesday to operate trains under full communications-based train control (CBTC) with ATO (automatic train operation), as trains began their Brooklyn/Manhattan route with motormen aboard in a supervisory capacity. ATO operations initially will be limited to off-peak service, with rush-hour operation to be phased in.
Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. plans to eliminate 347 jobs at its McCook, Ill., plant as early as April, according to a layoff notice filed with the state of Illinois. The move follows previous plans announced earlier to cut 600 jobs at EMD’s London, Ontario, facility.
The images are stark and disturbing: Freight cars rocking and rolling down a rickety right-of-way. Derailed equipment. Loose rail joints. Soggy, cracked ties.
On St. Patrick’s Day, when many people are sporting the color green, CSX touted “green” by unveiling its first low-emission, fuel-efficient switcher locomotives deployed in Illinois.
Montana Rail Link (MRL) and the Northeast States for Coordinate Air Use Management (NESCAUM) have contracted with international engine heating technology company Hotstart to provide APUs (Auxiliary Power Units) on 61 diesel-electric locomotives.
Freight car builders and component suppliers have good reason to look at 2012 and beyond with renewed optimism and real confidence. That’s because, according to the most recent figures released by Economic Planning Associates, carbuilders received orders for no fewer than 89,073 cars and intermodal platforms, the highest annual level since EPA began tracking the market in 1980.
Doublestack clearance projects are central to the Heartland Corridor and Crescent Corridor projects. Domestic intermodal, says Wick Moorman, “is going to be a driver of the industry's growth.”
As job locations and residential housing patterns shift throughout Chicagoland, Metra continues to thrive, and continues preparing to expand, setting an example other regional railroads might envy.