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.
The Union Switch & Signal Company, known today as Ansaldo STS USA, and Railway Age have been partners since our company was founded by George Westinghouse in 1881. In 2011, we marked 130 years of continuous business activities, much like the magazine marks 155 years of continuous publication.
Let me make one thing perfectly clear: I have never fueled a locomotive in my life, much less in a suit and tie. But in the photo above, taken at Railway Interchange 2011, I couldn’t resist a hands-on experience with a new piece of technology—in this case, the MPL Technologies SpillX system.
The recent 10th anniversary of 9/11 gave us all pause to think about those tragic events and reflect on whether life is different today because of them. On Sept. 12, 2001, national security and protecting America became the new priority for our society. Across all spectrums people got on with the task of addressing homeland security.
Norfolk Southern has loaded the largest volume cargo in the history of its Pier 6 coal transloading facility at Lamberts Point in Norfolk, Va. Early on Jan. 12, NS finished loading 159,941.45 net tons (145,097.93 metric tons) of metallurgical coal into the M/V Cape Dover, destined for China. That quantity can be used to make about 207,000 tons of steel, or enough to build 230,000 automobiles.
Hunter Harrison, CN’s iconic former chief executive and a Railway AgeRailroader of the Year recipient who is now retired in Florida raising show horses, has been approached to run Canadian Pacific Railway.
GE Transportation has awarded SKF Railway Business Unit North America its “2010 Supplier of the Year” Award. SKF was selected from a field of more than 1,000 suppliers following a rigorous internal evaluation process at GE Transportation.
The U.S. House and Senate have passed two different versions of aneconomic stimulus package, and a House-Senate Conference Committee is currently in the process of combining both into a single bill that both houses can pass, and send to President Obama for his signature. Both bills contain provisions for the rail industry.
Dear Railway Age and Rail Group News readers,
Happy New Year. January 1 marked my first day as Publisher of the Simmons-Boardman Rail Division, which consists of Railway Age, International Railway Journal, and Railway Track & Structures.
Canadian Pacific has appointed two veteran railroad operating executives to its board of directors, Tony L. Ingram and Edmond L. Harris. The appointments are effective immediately.
Amid international speculation that its $300 billion high-speed rail program has been seriously damaged by faulty technology and a crash that killed 40 people (pictured), an announcement from Beijing on Thursday claimed the first “international” sale of a high-speed rail signaling system for demonstration purposes.
Thomas P. Lawton has been named President and CEO of Ansaldo STS, succeeding Dr. Alan E. Calegari, who will be leaving Ansaldo. Lawton is a long-time member of the ASTS USA executive management team, having served as General Counsel since 2001.
The Surface Transportation Board has reversed a prior decision in longstanding litigation between BNSF Railway and Western Fuels/Laramie River, ruling that BNSF’s rates for a short-haul coal movement out of the Powder River Basin are unreasonable. The ruling reversed a fall 2007 decision in which STB determined that the rates were reasonable. Western Fuels originally challenged the rate reasonableness in 2004 for a coal move BNSF has termed “unusual.”
The Association of American Railroads Affiliated Laboratory Program is a primary way in which the railroads maintain awareness of, adopt, and assimilate new technologies. This program also provides a pool of highly skilled university engineering and science experts who are familiar with railroads and who are available to solve technological problems. Additionally, the projects give practical experience to the young engineers who will design, build, and maintain the railroads in the future. This year, approximately 30 students are working on AAR technology scanning projects.
All signs point to another year of slow but solid traffic growth, strong pricing power, and continued investment in capacity. Global gloom and a still-fragile domestic economy caused many American businesses to raise caution flags as they sized up prospects for the New Year.