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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Monday, 05 October 2015 05:31

For Strato, Atlas doesn’t shrug

The appropriately named Atlas line of knuckles, couplers and yokes from Strato, Inc., showcased at Railway Interchange 2015 (Booth 3709, RSI), are produced with “an optimum manufacturing process that ensures consistent dimensions for proper fit and function, longer fatigue life and smoother surface finish to reduce the amount of stress risers and minimize crack initiation.”

An APU (auxiliary power unit) idle reduction system that requires a smaller installation footprint, and electric coolant/lube heating systems that feature a more-user-friendly, simplified design are among the technologies showcased by HOTSTART at Railway Interchange 2015 (Booth 3131, RSI).

RailComm is launching its newest smart monitoring and analytics platform, RailComm InsightTM, at Railway Interchange 2015 in Minneapolis, Oct. 4-6. In addition, the company will be showcasing other new software and hardware products for yard automation and main line dispatching.

Saturday, 03 October 2015 06:15

NRE lands first CARB Tier 4 certification

NRE’s NREX 2015 Genset on Aug. 14, 2015 became the first locomotive to be verified by the California Environmental Protection Agency as achieving U.S. EPA Tier 4 emission standards.

Thursday, 01 October 2015 15:44

Blue Ribbon Panel: How to unclog Chicago

A Blue Ribbon Panel convened by Amtrak is recommending co-located train dispatchers, improved operating practices, and capital improvement projects to help relieve rail gridlock in and around Chicago and prevent an estimated $800 billion in nationwide economic impacts resulting from the congestion.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 17:14

H.R. 3651: PTC relief?

That whooshing sound you may have heard early on Wednesday, Sept. 30 was a collective sigh of relief expelled by everybody who has been beating their head against the wall since 2008, when the Rail Safety Improvement Act mandating fully operational Positive Train Control by the stroke of midnight Jan. 1, 2016, was passed.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 10:44

PEB issues recommendations in NJT labor dispute

Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) 248 has issued recommendations to settle a contract dispute between New Jersey Transit and the Rail Labor Coalition of 14 unions representing 4,300 union workers that has dragged on for four years, with no end in sight and the looming possibility of a strike or lockout.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 10:14

Progress Rail to acquire RPS from Amsted

Progress Rail Services Corp., a Caterpillar company, on Sept. 28, 2015 entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Rail Product Solutions, Inc. (RPS) from Amsted Rail Company, Inc. RPS is a leading North America provider of track fastening products and integrated fastening systems.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 09:36

NS’s Butler honored with yard renaming

Norfolk Southern is honoring Executive Vice President Planning and Chief Information Officer Deborah Harris Butler, who is retiring Oct. 1, 2015, by renaming its classification and intermodal yard in Memphis, Tenn., “Harris Yard.”

Metro de Panama has awarded Consórcio Línea, a Brazilian/Spanish consortium of Alstom, CIM, Sofratesa, Thales and TSO, a $2.2 billion contract to supply Line 2 of the Panama Metro system on a turnkey basis.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:41

Schumer shoots his mouth off—again

U.S. Senator Charles “Hold That Pose” Schumer (D-N.Y.), everybody’s favorite publicity-seeking, TV-camera-loving narcissistic politician, has been saying publicly that Amtrak’s board of directors has selected Alstom Transport to supply a fleet of new high-speed trainsets for the Boston-New York-Washington D.C. Northeast Corridor, to succeed aging Acela Express equipment. Schumer, according to reliable sources with whom I’ve spoken at Amtrak, has opened his big mouth way, way too soon.

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has awarded a $3.1 million contract to Battelle to perform an Independent Safety Assessment (ISA) and provide safety certification support for the design and implementation of interoperable Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) on Phase 1 of the Queens Boulevard Line (QBL) West project on New York City Transit.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 10:58

Leadership transition at Norfolk Southern

Continuing a tradition of smooth leadership transitions, Norfolk Southern Executive Chairman Charles W. “Wick” Moorman will be stepping down effective Oct. 1, 2015. President and CEO James A. Squires will become Chairman.

Delano Hamm has been named a supervising technical specialist in the New York City office of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, with responsibility for overseeing and expediting changes to construction contracts on the Second Avenue Subway project on behalf of MTA Capital Construction.

Monday, 21 September 2015 11:01

CP, NS complete D&H South sale

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. has completed the sale of a 282-mile segment of its Delaware & Hudson subsidiary to Norfolk Southern Corp.—the D&H South line, which connects Schenectady, N.Y., with Sunbury, Pa.

Friday, 18 September 2015 10:38

NS restructuring Triple Crown Services

Norfolk Southern Corp. announced on Sept. 18, 2015 that it is restructuring its Triple Crown Services (TCS) subsidiary to focus on the transportation of automobile parts. The railroad said will work with shippers and logistics partners to convert other business TCS handles into NS’s current intermodal network.

Friday, 18 September 2015 10:34

Mohr joins HNTB

HNTB Corp. has named Laura Mohr as a Vice President and Rail and Transit Group Director with responsibility for Southern California projects. She is based in Los Angeles.

Thursday, 17 September 2015 07:48

Labor Day holiday skews railroad traffic

In reporting U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Sep. 12, 2015, the Association of American Railroads noted that carloads and intermodal units, at 510,797, were down 11.9% compared with the same week last year because the week contained the Labor Day Holiday, and the 2014 week did not.
Thursday, 17 September 2015 06:12

CN, CSX earn sustainability accolades

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index has named CSX and CN Sustainability Leaders.

Monday, 14 September 2015 11:13

NYCT No. 7 line open for business

The long-awaited, long-overdue extension of MTA New York City Transit’s extension of the No. 7 subway line to Manhattan’s far west side opened to the public on Sept. 13, 2015. It is the first new line on New York’s system in 20 years.

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