William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief

William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief

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.

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Wednesday, 07 October 2015 23:36

Some locomotives do have steering wheels

Sit in the operator’s seat of a Trackmobile® LLC Titan mobile railcar mover, and the first thing you might notice is that there is a steering wheel. Of course, that’s because this little yet powerful locomotive can be driven on the ground, when it’s not pulling or shoving railcars.

The Federal Railroad Administration requires grade crossing warning equipment backup battery systems to undergo inspection and load testing every 30 days, and does not allow any time frame flexibility. Railway Equipment Company has developed a remote battery cell monitor that can eliminate errors that sometimes occur during the inspection process, where each battery cell must be individually tested with a meter by a signal maintainer.

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 21:32

Whiting’s Heldt elected LRIW President

The League of Railway Industry Women has elected Jodi Heldt, a 20-year customer service veteran with railcar maintenance equipment manufacturer Whiting Corp., as President at its annual conference, held at Railway Interchange 2015 in Minneapolis. She was previously LRIW Second Vice President.

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. announced Oct. 7, 2015 that it received diversified new orders in its fourth quarter ended Aug. 31, 2015 for 2,900 railcar units valued at $470 million. Orders for the quarter include medium- and hi-cube covered hopper cars, automobile carrying cars, boxcars and tank cars, include a recent award for 1,186 tank cars from Saudi Railway Company, marking Greenbrier’s entry into the Middle East.

In time for the arrival of the first Urbos 3 streetcar from CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles), the KC Streetcar Authority (KCSA) has entered into an operations and maintenance contract with Saint Joseph, Mo.-based Herzog Transit Services Inc. (HTSI) for the Kansas City Downtown Streetcar.

Wabtec Corp. on Oct. 6, 2015 signed a definitive agreement with members of the Faiveley family to acquire approximately 51% of Faiveley Transport S.A., a provider of integrated systems and services for the railway industry with annual sales of about $1.2 billion. The total purchase price is about $1.8 billion, including assumed debt.

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 07:05

OKDOT Oks crossing upgrades

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation expects to spend approximately $100 million over the next three years upgrading 300 highway/rail grade crossings now only marked with crossbucks to full warning systems gates, lights and bells, as well as concrete crossing surfaces.

The bright red diesel power plants that were on display at Railway Interchange 2015 in Minneapolis represented the “ultra-clean” 6.7-, 15-, 60- and 95-liter units from Columbus, Ind.-based Cummins Inc. These engines, delivering from 140 hp (104 kW) to 4,400 hp (3,281 kW) “offer quieter operation and increased fuel economy for everything from maintenance-of-way machines to locomotives while also meeting increasingly stringent emissions regulations worldwide,” the company said.

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 07:42

Torque ’em down right with Norbar

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 Ortolani at Railway Interchange 2015 (Booth 3811, RSI).

Miner Enterprises Inc.’s Double Groove III pneumatic gate for plastics, 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.

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