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.
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.