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28 February 2010

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In recent years, machine-vision technology has found applications in the railway industry in detectors such as wheel profile measurement (WPM) systems and brake shoe measurement (BSM) systems. This type of technology enhances the inspection process by providing historical data that can be used fo ...

Doublestack clearance projects are central to the Heartland Corridor and Crescent Corridor projects. Domestic intermodal, says Wick Moorman, “is going to be a driver of the industry's growth.”

As job locations and residential housing patterns shift throughout Chicagoland, Metra continues to thrive, and continues preparing to expand, setting an example other regional railroads might envy.

Fulfilling a promise made by President Obama roughly 10 months ago (RA, May 2009, pp. 11-14), the Federal Railroad Administration late last month awarded nearly all of its $8 billion “down payment” in high speed rail funding.

28 February 2010

Don’t jolt me!

Multiple forces in a freight train can damage cargo, at high cost. Modern load securement devices can mitigate them.

Roadway worker protection—preventing casualties or injuries caused by moving trains to maintenance-of-way and bridge workers and signal maintainers operating within their limits of authority—is among the primary requirements of Positive Train Control. Roadway worker limits of authorit ...

The deadline is fast approaching for nominations advocating the stellar short line and regional railroads of 2010; Railway Age is accepting nominations for its annual Short Line/Regional Railroad of the Year competition through Friday, March 5, 2010.

Industry observers, be they suppliers or rail operators themselves, are invited to nominate the short line and/or regional railroad in North America they believe deserves recognition for outstanding performance. Short lines and regionals can nominate themselves. The 2010 winners will be awarded specially designed plaques at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association Annual Convention inOrlando, Fla., at ASLRRA’s gala dinner Tuesday, May 4.

Articles describing their achievements will appear in Railway Age’s April 2010 issue, which will be distributed at the show. Railway Age will work with the winners to publicize the awards in online and national media, as well as any in-house websites available.

Submit your entries to: Douglas John Bowen, Managing Editor, Railway Age, 345 Hudson Street, 12th Floor, New York, N.Y., 10014. E-mail: dbowen@sbpub.com. Fax:(212) 633-1863. Entries should contain the name, position, and contact information of the nominator and an approximately 500-word description of the achievement(s) of the nominated railroad. (Longer and short descriptions are admissible; 500 words is only a guideline.) Entry forms are may be obtained from Bowen by fax or e-mail. 

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Lexington, Mass.-based RailRunner, N.A., Inc., Friday announced it has received an investment of $13.4 million through a private placement. U.S. Boston Capital Corp. acted as the placement agent, the company said.

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RailRunner, a developer of rail products and services providing low-cost intermodal transportation options for underserved markets, markets its Terminal Anywhere™ system that enables shippers to maximize the economics of rail-to-truck intermodalism, while linking directly into the international containerized shipping network.

“Our strengthening relationships with rail partners, ocean carriers, and shippers seeking innovative solutions that shift as much freight transport as possible from highways to rail has created significant interest worldwide in the RailRunner system,” said Charles Foskett, RailRunner CEO. “This additional capital will enable RailRunner to capitalize on this significant market opportunity and meet the significant demand for our products and services.”

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Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm has been chosen to complete the Yard Automation System at Transnet's Kimberley Yard in South Africa. The automation system will be comprised of RailComm’s DOC® (Domain Operations Controller) server-based central control system and 11 associated outdoor-rated control panels.

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Per Transnet requirements, the system operator is in charge of selecting the appropriate control mode based on desired operatingconditions. Additionally, the system at Kimberley will utilize RailComm RADiANT™data radios to communicate between the office system, the control panels, and a network of power switches. The power switches are controlled by the RailComm Universal Switch Controller, providing customers the ability to utilize any power switch machine on the market.

The RailComm Yard Automation System is designed to increase yard safety and measurably improve yard dwell times and yard throughput.

The DOC® software-based control system is an advanced command, control, communications, and information (C3i) server-based platform that supports a wide variety of integrated solutions for indication, control,access, and distribution of critical operational data.

 

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Support for a healthy national rail network is vital to sustaining more than a million jobs and powering U.S economic recovery, according to numerous freight rail representatives, their passenger rail counterparts, local business leaders, elected officials, and others (including representatives from Railway Age) who canvassed Capitol Hill Thursday as part of industry’s annual “Railroad Day on Capitol Hill” event.

Washington policymakers were reminded that freight railroads generate nearly $265 billion in total annual economic activity and that every freight rail job supports an additional 4.5 jobs elsewhere in the economy.
 
aar_logo.jpg“Sometimes when new federal polices are formulated, the true impacts on American businesses and consumers are not fully taken into account,” said Association of American Railroads President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger. “Who better to tell members of Congress of these impacts and importance of freight rail, than the employees, businesses, and local elected officials that work hard every day to deliver on freight rail’s vital role in the nation’s economic recovery.” 

“The federal government encouraged the creation of short line railroads to preserve freight service, and in doing so has facilitated the industry’s growth to 552 short line railroads that support tens of thousands of jobs,” said Richard F. Timmons, president of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association.  “Federal policies like the short line tax credit will enable companies to make over $330 million in track upgrades each year, and support thousands of new jobs in the rail industry.”aslrra_logo_1.jpg

“Supporting funding for rail is a good investment in America’s future,” said Anne Canby, president of the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership and founding member of OneRail, a coalition advocating for policies for passenger and freight rail. “Improving the nation’s rail infrastructure will create vital jobs, de-congest chokepoints, put more freight and passengers on fuel-efficient trains, and reduce our nation's greenhouse gas emissions.” OneRail brings together freight and passenger rail, transit, environmental, and labor groups. In this vein, Canby urged Congress to continue to make rail-related projects eligible for federal funding, such as infrastructure programs in the jobs bill currently moving through the Senate.
 
“Our community would not be what it is today without the railroads that connect our local manufacturing plants to global markets,” said Mayor Drew Ferguson of West Point, Ga., one of the 23 representatives of Go21 attending Railroad Day. “Access to railroads was a significant factor in Kia’s decision to locate in West Point.” Go21 comprises more than 1,200 state and local policy and business leaders from across the nation who support freight rail as a solution to problems related to highway congestion and the environment.
 
Industry representatives urged members of Congress to support the Investment Tax Credit, epitomized by bipartisan House bill H.R. 1806. The bill calls  fo ra 25% investment tax credit for targeted spending on locomotives, railroad track, intermodal facilities, and other infrastructure projects that expand rail capacity. The bill outlines that any business that makes these investments wouldbe eligible for the tax credit—not just railroads.

Also sought by the rail industry is the Short Line Tax Credit, advancing through both the Senate and the House as  S. 461 and H.R. 1132, respectively. This bill would extend the Section 45G tax credit, which supports over $330 million in infrastructure improvements made each year by short lines, contractors, suppliers, and rail customers. The credit expired on Dec. 31, 2009. 

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