How TTCI is investigating the effects of heavy train loads on joint bar performance.
Tools and techniques both new and old help railroads cope with weather extremes.
For the week ending July 4, 2015 total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 506,284 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.7% compared with the same week last year, as carload traffic dipped and intermodal grew, the Association of American Railroads reported on July 8.
Just five days after a CSX train car carrying acrylonitrile derailed in Maryville, Tenn. and caught on fire, four CSX train cars carrying mixed freight derailed and flipped over in the Berry Hill neighborhood of South Nashville on the evening of July 6, 2015.
Performance monitoring devices provide railroads a targeted, educated approach to maintenance or safety issues.
In Railinc’s annual review of the North American locomotive fleet, data showed the fleet continued growing in 2014. Locomotives have long service lives, and their average and median ages both increased in 2014.
“We are lowering earnings expectations for most railroads to reflect traffic results,” says Cowen and Company Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor Jason Seidl, regarding upcoming second-quarter financial earnings of the Class I railroads.