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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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.

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. announced Oct. 7, 2015 that it received diversified new orders in its fourth quarter ended Aug. 31, 2015 for 2,900 railcar units valued at $470 million. Orders for the quarter include medium- and hi-cube covered hopper cars, automobile carrying cars, boxcars and tank cars, include a recent award for 1,186 tank cars from Saudi Railway Company, marking Greenbrier’s entry into the Middle East.

In time for the arrival of the first Urbos 3 streetcar from CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles), the KC Streetcar Authority (KCSA) has entered into an operations and maintenance contract with Saint Joseph, Mo.-based Herzog Transit Services Inc. (HTSI) for the Kansas City Downtown Streetcar.

Wabtec Corp. on Oct. 6, 2015 signed a definitive agreement with members of the Faiveley family to acquire approximately 51% of Faiveley Transport S.A., a provider of integrated systems and services for the railway industry with annual sales of about $1.2 billion. The total purchase price is about $1.8 billion, including assumed debt.

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 07:05

OKDOT Oks crossing upgrades

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation expects to spend approximately $100 million over the next three years upgrading 300 highway/rail grade crossings now only marked with crossbucks to full warning systems gates, lights and bells, as well as concrete crossing surfaces.

The bright red diesel power plants that were on display at Railway Interchange 2015 in Minneapolis represented the “ultra-clean” 6.7-, 15-, 60- and 95-liter units from Columbus, Ind.-based Cummins Inc. These engines, delivering from 140 hp (104 kW) to 4,400 hp (3,281 kW) “offer quieter operation and increased fuel economy for everything from maintenance-of-way machines to locomotives while also meeting increasingly stringent emissions regulations worldwide,” the company said.

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 07:42

Torque ’em down right with Norbar

Ethanol tank car manway cover pivoting eyebolts must be tightened with precise torque. Not enough torque, and there is risk of leakage. Too much torque, and emergency responders to a derailment will be unable to quickly knock the bolts loose with an axe to relieve interior pressure, as explained to Railway Age by Norbar Torque Tools Inc. National Sales Manager Sam Ortolani at Railway Interchange 2015 (Booth 3811, RSI).

Miner Enterprises Inc.’s Double Groove III pneumatic gate for plastics, featured at Railway Interchange 2015 (Booth 3609, RSI), is simple to operate, clean and wash out, and provides a watertight seal when closed and locked, this long-time supplier with more than 116 years of discharge systems experience says.

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