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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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.
Friday, 19 December 2014 10:58

Tiger Cool Express expands container fleet

Tiger Cool Express LLC, a transporter of produce and food products in temperature-controlled intermodal containers, has added 35 domestic containers to its fleet. The new acquisition marks an increase in the fleet size by 17.5%, to 234 containers.
MTA New York City Transit has awarded Marlton, N.J.-based Hill International a five-year indefinite-quantity contract worth an estimated $55.8 million for construction management and inspection services for NYCT’s Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts and other miscellaneous construction projects.
Amtrak has filed a complaint with the U.S. Surface Transportation Board against Norfolk Southern and CSX over substandard on-time performance of the Washington D.C.-Chicago Capitol Limited, which operates over right-of-way owned by NS and CSX. Including an earlier complaint filed against CN, this is Amtrak’s second such action regarding substandard on-time performance of its long-distance trains.
Friday, 24 October 2014 13:54

Myles joins Marsh Global Rail Practice

Kevin B. Myles has joined Marsh, a global provider insurance brokering and risk management, as a Vice President in its Global Rail Practice.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:29

For Miner Enterprises, 120 years

Miner Enterprises, one of the railroad industry’s longest-standing supply companies, in 2014 is celebrating 120 years in business.
Kansas City Southern has named Gary W. Jarboe Vice President Mechanical Operations for Kansas City Southern Railway (KCSR), closely coordinating with the leadership of Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (KCSM). Jarboe, based in Kansas City, reports to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dave R. Ebbrecht.
Girard Equipment Inc. has joined the Association of American Railroads as a new Silver Associate Member.
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