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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Friday, 16 October 2015 13:13

Power Drives powers up at RI2015

Power Drives, Inc. (PDI), a Buffalo, N.Y.-based supplier of diesel engine heating/idle reduction and fuel filtration systems with manufacturing facilities in Erie, Pa., Falconer (Jamestown), N.Y., and Haiyu Town, Changsu City, China, spotlighted two recently introduced technologies at Railway Interchange 2015 in Minneapolis.

Railway Age’s 22nd Annual Passenger Trains on Freight Railroads Conference is coming up soon, on Oct. 28 and 29, in Washington D.C. at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. A 20% discount is now available for all single-person registrations.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 13:00

Amtrak goes to Bermuda (for insurance)

Amtrak has obtained $275 million of insurance protection from PennUnion Re Ltd., an independent special-purpose insurer based in Bermuda.

BNSF and Union Pacific have each moved two of the longest and heaviest unit frac sand trains ever seen in North America. BNSF and short line Southwestern Railroad recently delivered a 150-car train to Rangeland Energy’s RIO Hub near Loving, N.Mex. UP operated a 233-car, DP (distributed power) train out of Mason City, Iowa in late September 2012.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 10:30

UP says “Your Life is Worth the Wait”

Union Pacific has taken a fresh, positive approach to educating the general public about railroad grade crossing safety. Rather than focus on the consequences of driving or walking around lowered railroad gates—death, serious injury—UP, in a new social media campaign, is emphasizing that life, and all its potential, is worth waiting for the brief amount of time it takes for a train to pass and the gates to go up.

Denver’s Regional Transit District (RTD) and Metro Transit in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul have exercised options worth a combined $132.1 million for 34 additional Siemens light rail vehicles.

At Railway Interchange 2015 in Minneapolis, Kevin Riddett of Siemens Mobility shared his views on the marketplace, on a variety of topics ranging from PTC and CBTC to high-speed passenger rail and potential electrification of freight rail corridors, with Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono. A video can be viewed BELOW.

Global locomotive manufacturer/remanufacturer NRE (National Railway Equipment) showcased one of its SD40-IAC road switchers at Railway Interchange 2015 in Minneapolis. Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono spoke with NRE Vice President-Engineering Michael Cross and Vice President-International Kirby Roseveare about this unit, as well as NRE’s Tier 4 certification in California and its growing international business. See the video below.

Sunday, 11 October 2015 09:30

Take a tour of EMD's SD70ACe-T4

Electro-Motive Diesel’s long-anticipated Tier 4 freight locomotive, the SD70ACe-T4, made its debut during Railway Interchange 2015 at BNSF’s Northtown Yard in Minneapolis, Minn.

It’s Friday afternoon, before Columbus Day weekend. I’ve just spent most of the day posting a lot of useful news on our website (well, at least I think it's useful). At 4:30 pm, a press release invades my email inbox. It’s from Amtrak. It has to do with expansion of Amtrak's Pets on Trains program to Northeast Corridor Regional trains. Okay, I say, I’ll give it a look. It’s not earth shattering news, and our business-to-business publication won’t suffer for not running it. So I give it a look.

Keolis Commuter Services has awarded GIRO, a supplier of planning, scheduling and managment software for public transit and paratransit operations, a contract for a HASTUS-Rail installation to optimize scheduling and manage daily operations of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) commuter rail system, which Keolis operates and maintains.

Friday, 09 October 2015 14:40

Railserve locomotives headed to Africa

A shipment of six sustainable locomotives built in the U.S. by Railserve is on a 6,000-mile ocean voyage to Africa where they will soon be in operation as freight locomotives in Gabon.

Friday, 09 October 2015 13:38

UITP sets up shop in North America

UITP (International Association of Public Transport), which represents 1,400 member agencies in 96 countries, has opened a new office in New York City “to support the growth in urban transit projects across North America.”

The fall foliage that bursts forth in the Northeastern United States is a beautiful thing to see—except when the leaves collect on railroad tracks, creating wheel slippage problems. That’s when NJ Transit deploys its AquaTrack machine to remove oily residue from fallen leaves and combat wheel slippage.

Thursday, 08 October 2015 12:26

Progress Rail Services acquires Haynes Corp.

Progress Rail Services Corp., a Caterpillar company, has acquired Haynes Corp., a manufacturer of precision diesel fuel injection systems for heavy-duty engines.

In reporting weekly U.S. rail traffic, as well as volumes for September 2015 and the first nine months of 2015, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) noted that modest gains in intermodal were not enough to completely offset declines in certain carload commodities, especially those tied to energy and steel.

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 23:36

Some locomotives do have steering wheels

Sit in the operator’s seat of a Trackmobile® LLC Titan mobile railcar mover, and the first thing you might notice is that there is a steering wheel. Of course, that’s because this little yet powerful locomotive can be driven on the ground, when it’s not pulling or shoving railcars.

The Federal Railroad Administration requires grade crossing warning equipment backup battery systems to undergo inspection and load testing every 30 days, and does not allow any time frame flexibility. Railway Equipment Company has developed a remote battery cell monitor that can eliminate errors that sometimes occur during the inspection process, where each battery cell must be individually tested with a meter by a signal maintainer.

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 21:32

Whiting’s Heldt elected LRIW President

The League of Railway Industry Women has elected Jodi Heldt, a 20-year customer service veteran with railcar maintenance equipment manufacturer Whiting Corp., as President at its annual conference, held at Railway Interchange 2015 in Minneapolis. She was previously LRIW Second Vice President.

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