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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Tuesday, 18 August 2015 15:12

Lindsey Collins joins NRC as grassroots VP

Lindsey Collins has joined the NRC (National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association) as Vice President of Grassroots Advocacy. She comes to NRC from the Washington, D.C.-based multi-modal transportation policy think-tank Eno Center for Transportation, where she managed fundraising efforts for projects and working groups, including the Freight Working Group, of which the NRC is a member.

Thursday, 13 August 2015 14:40

For New York New Jersey Rail, new KLW power

New York New Jersey Rail, LLC (NYNJR), a rail-barge short line wholly owned by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, has taken delivery on three new ultra-low-emissions SE10B diesel-electric switcher locomotives from Knoxville Locomotive Works (KLW). The contract, valued at $5.25 million, marks the first collaboration between the Port Authority and KLW.

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has decided to phase out its 10-unit fleet of AEM7 and HHP8 electric locomotives used for MARC regional/commuter rail service and replace them with eight new 125-mph “Charger” diesel-electric locomotives from Siemens Industry.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 07:36

CP set for superior grain service

Canadian Pacific says it “is well positioned to provide best-in-class service to western Canadian grain shippers during the 2015-2016 crop-year.”

APTA (American Public Transportation Association) has named HART (Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation) Executive Director and CEO Daniel A. Grabauskas as U.S./North America representative to the policy board of the UITP (International Association of Public Transport) for the 2015-2017 term.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 15:26

Ferrara named interim NYCT president

New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast has named MTA Bridges and Tunnels President James Ferrara as interim president of MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) effective Aug. 21, when NYCT President Carmen Bianco retires. Ferrara will serve as interim president until Bianco’s permanent replacement is named.

Monday, 10 August 2015 13:58

West Coast CBR shipments stable, for now

There is “big potential” to expand crude by rail shipments to West Coast ports and to California, but building the infrastructure “has proven painstakingly slow,” writes RBN Energy LLC analyst Rusty Braziel.

Monday, 10 August 2015 13:28

G&W’s Powell off to Saudi Arabia

David L. Powell, Vice President Motive Power for Genesee & Wyoming, has accepted a two-year assignment effective Sept. 1, 2015 as Director of Rolling Stock for Saudi Arabia Railway Co. (SAR), a 1,700-mile carrier of minerals and other cargo and passengers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Union Pacific’s board of directors elected President and Chief Operating Officer Lance Fritz Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Oct. 1, 2015. He succeeds John Koraleski as Chairman. Koraleski plans to retire Sept. 30 after a 43-year career at UP.

Demand for freight cars remains at a healthy level “in spite of a sluggish economy and extremely soft financial performances by the railroads,” Economic Planning Associates (EPA) said in its most recent quarterly railcar forecast, issued July 31, 2015.

Thursday, 30 July 2015 13:54

Iowa Pacific to operate Grenada Railway

The North Central Mississippi Regional Railroad Authority (NCMRRA) on July 30, 2015 completed its acquisition of Grenada Railway, LLC and signed a 15-year lease agreement with a subsidiary of Iowa Pacific Holdings to operate and develop new business on the line.

Norfolk Southern operated its Whistle-Stop Safety Train in North Carolina and South Carolina the week of July 27, 2015 “to remind motorists and pedestrians to be safe and alert when around railroad tracks and trains.”

Thursday, 30 July 2015 12:24

Midwest Terminals opens car repair shop

Midwest Terminals, a full-service cargo, bulk, ballast and transloading operator with facilities in Toledo and Cadiz, Ohio, has opened MWT Railcar Repair Shop, a new freight car repair facility.

MWT Railcar Repair Shop is located on 175 acres in Ironville, Ohio, near the Port of Toledo and is serviced by Norfolk Southern. Services include railcar inspection and assessment, slack adjusters (MA156), unit train inspections and repairs, railcar general repair “in less than 85 hours,” in-house yard switching with two GP9 and locomotives and a Plymouth yard engine, off-lease inspection, overcoating and stenciling, and on-site car scrapping.

The facility is equipped with 20,000 feet of track, 18,000 square feet car shop with 40 feet of clear height, a 25-ton overhead crane, and a delivery line with two NS switches per week
that interchanges with CSX, CN, BNSF and Wheeling & Lake Erie. The shop features AWS D15.1-certified welders, in-house certified welding inspectors and NDT (non-destructive testing) Level II technicians, electronic estimate submittals, AAR electronic billing, and air brake testing. The shop’s Maintenance ID is MWTT; the Company ID is C701.

Thursday, 30 July 2015 10:18

Is Bakken CBR fading away?

Bakken crude oil hauled in unit trains may disappear by 2017, according to an analysis conducted by RBN Energy LLC.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:11

A Siemens-Bombardier merger in play?

Munich, Germany-based Siemens and Montreal, Canada-based Bombardier are engaging in preliminary talks to merge their rail businesses, according to a report in the July 29, 2015 edition of The Wall Street Journal.

Florida East Coast Industries subsidiary Flagler Global Logistics on July 27, 2015 broke ground on the new Titusville Logistics Center, Port Canaveral, Fla.’s first multimodal inland port facility. When complete, the center will accommodate up to 2.9 million square feet of industrial development, “offering flexible warehouse and distribution options with multi-modal transportation connections.”

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 12:26

Tri-Rail says take the bike to the train

Florida’s Tri-Rail regional/commuter rail system on July 24, 2015 placed its first bicycle car, a specially equipped Bombardier bilevel trailer coach, in service.

Monday, 27 July 2015 09:18

NS absorbs second-quarter hit

“Short-term pressure,” in the words of President and CEO Jim Squires, contributed to Norfolk Southern on July 27, 2015 posting second-quarter 2015 financials with significant declines in net income, operating revenues and earnings per share, and an operating ratio that rose 350 basis points.

Friday, 24 July 2015 09:43

Wabtec posts record second quarter

Wabtec Corp. on June 23, 2015 reported record results for second-quarter 2015.

Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:44

CSX doubles up for Brickyard 400

The Sunday, July 26, 2015 Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will have not one, but two CSX-primary-sponsored Front Row Motorsports Ford Fusions running: The familiar blue and gold “Play It Safe Around Railroad Tracks” No. 34, driven by 22-year-old Brett Moffitt, and the new “FFA (Future Farmers of America) + CSX Living to Serve” No. 38, with David Gilliland at the wheel.

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