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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Norfolk Southern has named Alan H. Shaw Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, effective May 16, 2015. He succeeds Donald W. Seale, who retired after 39 years in management positions in NS’s marketing division.

Addressing his final annual meeting as Norfolk Southern’s CEO, Wick Moorman told shareholders that “we see continuing strength in the overall economy as well as opportunities in many of the markets we serve. We are confident in our company’s long-term strengths and prospects for continued success.”

Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188, with 238 passengers and five crew members on board, derailed at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia on the Northeast Corridor, shortly after 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Eight people are confirmed dead. More than 200 people were injured, 8 critically. 

Keolis Commuter Services, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and union leaders from the American Train Dispatchers Association, Transportation Communications Union, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and SMART Transportation Division on May 8, 2015 signed a memorandum of understanding to implement the FRA’s voluntary Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS).

The Association of American Railroads has presented CSX Director of Advanced engineering Suneil Kuthiala with the John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence Award “for his outstanding environmental leadership, especially in the area of fuel efficiency.”

The City of Chicago Department of Aviation has awarded a $310 million design-build contract to Parsons to replace and expand O’Hare International Airport’s Automated Transit System (ATS) on a basis.

After nearly 60 years with Railway Age, and at the age of 88, Senior Consulting Editor Luther Sigsbee Miller has retired from Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp.

In reporting weekly U.S. rail traffic, as well as volumes for April 2015 and the first four months of 2015, the Association of American Railroads took note of how growth in intermodal traffic offsetting declines in several types of carload traffic. The net result is traffic that is relatively flat.

A BNSF crude oil unit train derailed near the small North Dakota town of Heimdal, at 7:30 a.m. CDT on May 6, 2015, resulting in explosions and fire.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has determined that there has been a “huge increase” in rail deliveries of crude oil to East Coast refineries.

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 09:08

VTG unveils Europe’s first LNG tank car

Hamburg, Germany-based VTG Aktiengesellschaft, a European railcar lessor and rail logistics company, has debuted what it says is the first rail tank car for transporting LNG (liquefied natural gas) in Europe.

CSX on May 4, 2015 announced the winners of its 21st annual Chemical Safety Excellence Award, recognizing 70 customers for their commitment to the safe transportation of hazardous materials by rail in 2014 



Industry-Railway Suppliers, Inc. (IRS) has promoted Vice President Scott Commo to President, succeeding Ron Hobbs, who has retired. The changes were effective May 1, 2015.

Toronto-based Element Financial Corp. has appointed railroad equipment finance veteran Harry Zander as Senior Vice President Sales in Element’s Rail Finance division. He reports to President, Element Rail & Aviation David McKerroll.

Friday, 01 May 2015 06:30

Intermodal gain offsets carload drop

Compared to the prior-year week, carloads for the week ending April 25, 2015 on U.S. Class I railroads dropped 7.9%, but intermodal saw yet another gain, rising 5.6%, netting a slight dip of 1.6% in overall rail traffic, the Association of American Railroads reported.

Parsons Brinckerhoff has named Christopher Papazoglou a senior supervising engineer in its New York City office, with technical and managerial responsibilities on rail design projects in the New York region. He is currently working in support of the East Side Access project.

As part of Norfolk Southern’s ongoing program of executive development and in support of its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint and expand its market opportunities, Bruno Maestri and Robert E. Martínez will assume additional responsibilities, following the retirement of Vice President Real Estate and Corporate Sustainability officer F. Blair Wimbush. The changes are effective May 1, 2015.
Canadian Pacific says it is “appalled” that the Ag Transport Coalition, a government-funded group, “can claim it is trying to enhance ‘the competitiveness of the agricultural supply chain,’ but not involve transportation partners in the discussion.”
Thursday, 08 January 2015 15:02

Video Interview: 2015 Railroader of the Year

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Canadian Pacific Chief Executive Officer Hunter Harrison, Railway Age’s 2015 Railroader of the Year, speaks candidly with Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono in a wide-ranging interview conducted for the magazine’s January issue.

Video produced by Canadian Pacific and sponsored by Amsted Rail.


Thursday, 08 January 2015 08:43

Knorr-Bremse to acquire Selectron Systems AG

Braking systems supplier Knorr-Bremse has signed an agreement to acquire Selectron Systems AG of Lyss, Switzerland, a supplier of train control technology. Through this acquisition, Knorr-Bremse said it is “expanding its portfolio to include components and solutions for the automation of rail vehicles.” The acquisition remains subject to approval by anti-trust authorities.
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