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PTC, legacy train control and vitality
Steve Ditmeyer’s article “PTC vs. Legacy Train Control Redux” is very thought-provoking. Yes, Congress did define PTC by functionality, not technology. No, PTC need not be tied to fixed wayside…
RSSI hosts 1,550 in Grapevine
The Railway Systems Suppliers Inc. 56th Annual C&S Exhibition at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Tex., in late June 2016 attracted more than 1,550 rail and transit customers, suppliers…
SMS secures Railway Interchange 2017 contract
Ithaca, N.Y.-based Smith Marketing Services has been awarded a contract for leading the branding effort for Railway Interchange 2017, to be held in Indianapolis Sept. 17-20, 2017.
Amtrak awards Duos Technologies IPAWS CAP contract
Duos Technologies Group, Inc. (OTCQB: DUOT), has been awarded several contracts at an aggregate value of $230,000 to provide a Needs Assessment and GAP Analysis of Integrated Public Alert and…
It can’t happen over there
I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard or read or been told how much safer rail transportation is in Europe than it is in the United States.
PTC vs. Legacy Train Control Redux
The title of Larry Light’s “PTC vs. Legacy Train Control” article in the June 2016 issue of Railway Age (full text follows this article) promised a balanced discussion of the…
IEM Corp.: No bad vibes for Sound Transit
Troy, N.Y.-based International Electronic Machines Corporation (IEM Corp.) has attained “Substantial Completion” status for its installation of a state-of-the art Vibration Monitoring System for Sound Transit’s light rail system in…
CP: Moving grain with an Item 6
Canadian Pacific’s Crowsnest Subdivision is busy with grain trains as prairie elevators are cleared to accept the coming harvest. CP has been pairing trains through the subdivision by giving two…
Head-on crash on BNSF Transcon
Two BNSF intermodal trains collided head-on early Tuesday morning, June 28, 2016, on the railroad’s busy Chicago-Los Angeles Transcon near Panhandle, Tex., about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo. Three crew…
PTC hosting, Herzog-style
Herzog Technologies, Inc. (HTI) has rolled out Herzog PTC Hosting, described as “providing Positive Train Control messaging capabilities, back office SaaS (software as a service) and a variety of other…
Rail Insights: Supplier international opportunities
From Chicago, and Railway Age's Rail Insights Conference and Expo today, June 8: William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age: What opportunities are seen in the international market?
New from Cubic and Microsoft: NextTraffic™
Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) on June 6, 2016 announced the launch of NextTraffic™ transportation and traffic management system. The announcement took place at the ITS European Congress held in Glasgow,…
New from Rockwell Collins: Shared-network PTC platform
Rockwell Collins on June 2, 2016 launched ARINC RailwayNet℠, described as “a hosted network and messaging platform for passenger and freight railroads” for Positive Train Control, and “designed to…
Buckeye Mountain selects Janam RFID hardware
Janam Technologies LLC, a provider of rugged mobile computers that scan barcodes and communicate wirelessly, and Buckeye Mountain, a provider of mobile technology for the railroad industry, announced May 24,…
TRRA awards PTC contract to Wabtec
The Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis on May 24, 2016 awarded Wabtec Corp. a contract worth about $21 million to design, install, test and commission a Positive Train Control…
Protran appoints Bunting Deputy Director, Field Engineering and Training
Protran Technology, a division of Harsco Rail, has appointed Clay A. Bunting as Deputy Director, Field Engineering and Training to develop the company’s growing range of safety technology for track…
The short, the long, the skinny, and the fat
Executive Summary: After one year of investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the cause of the fatal derailment of Amtrak train 188 at Frankford Junction is exactly…
Five new shades of Violet™
Integrating so-called “Big Data” is one of the biggest technical challenges the railroad industry faces over the next few years. It’s estimated that, by 2020, there will be some 44…
Machine vision by Beena Vision
From the April 2016 issue of Railway Age: “Progress is about harnessing technology that promotes safety, efficiency and better customer service,” according to CSX. “Machine vision gives us new vantages…
From the April 2016 issue of Railway Age: How machine vision is revolutionizing automated vehicle health monitoring.
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