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Improving safety on North America’s “122-inch pipeline”
Are corrosion protection strategies for rail “all hat and no cattle?” (all talk, no substance?). James McDonald, Terry Aben P.E., and Douglas Mittlesteadt of Hempel USA examine this subject for…
Cap screw clamping challenge
Sometimes, a new railroad product that’s a bit different from “business as usual” will encounter resistance. Here’s how one supplier stayed the course and earned acceptance.
STB extends TTX pooling authority
TTX Co. said the Surface Transportation Board has approved a five-year extension of TTX's pooling authority governing all types of flatcars, including those that handle intermodal traffic, finished automobiles, and…
Railway Interchange 2015 exhibit space available
Booth space reservations are now open for the indoor and outdoor exhibitions at Railway Interchange 2015, the U.S.-based combined exhibition and technical conference taking place Sunday, Oct. 4 through Tuesday,…
RSI-CTC to PHMSA: “One size fits all” won’t work
In comments sent to the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Dept. 30, 2014, the Railway Supply Institute Committee on Tank Cars (RSI-CTC) warned of “significant disruption to…
Railcar builder stocks tumble following PHMSA NPRM comment period
Shares of The Greenbrier Companies and Trinity Industries fell 10.2% and 7.7%, respectively, in afternoon trading on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, one day after the deadline for final comments on…
AAR comments to PHMSA stress efficiency as well as safety
The Association of American Railroads on Sept. 30, 2014 submitted its comments on the U.S. Department of Transportation-Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) on…
Greenbrier responds to PHMSA tank car NPRM
The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. on Sept. 30, 2014, filed comments to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on HHFTs (High Hazard Flammable Trains)—hazmat tank cars carrying crude oil and ethanol—issued…
New York Air Brake marks 125 years
September 2014 marks the start of a year-long New York Air Brake celebration “honoring 125 years of making freight railroads safer and more productive,” according to NYAB President Mike Hawthorne.
Greenbrier touts healthy, diverse orders
The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. announced Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 it has received new orders amounting to 10,300 railcar units during its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended Aug. 31, 2014.
Amsted Rail premieres at InnoTrans 2014
Amsted Rail announced Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, that it is making its first-ever appearance at InnoTrans 2014 in Berlin, Germany, which runs Sept. 23-26.
A technical and commercial balancing act
For freight car truck components, total cost of ownership is far more important than initial cost.
Wheel failures: Digging down to the roots
Transportation Technology Center, Inc. joint ventures with Amsted Rail and Texas A&M are exploring the effects of accumulated mileage, high temperatures, and fatigue cracks on vertical split rims.
Factors affecting this year’s “equipment harvest”
Fall is the season of the harvest. This is true for the farmers working their wheat, corn, and soybeans, but also true for many railcar owners. As important as bushel…
CN inaugurates Winnipeg training center
CN on Sept. 9, 2014 officially opened its new employee training center in Winnipeg. The 100,000-square-foot facility is currently hosting 350-plus CN students from across Canada on a weekly basis,…
Strato launches revamped website
Strato, Inc. has launched its revamped website, designed for desktop and mobile devices. “The site features a fresh, new look with dynamic content and responsive design—accessible on your PC, laptop,…
Mitsui Rail Capital promotes Penovich, Gerber
Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC (MRC) has promoted Daniel Penovich to President and Chris Gerber to Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Both MRC executives have extensive experience with MRC as…
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.
Wabtec acquires Brazilian manufacturer
Wabtec Corp. said Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 it has acquired Dia-Frag, a manufacturer of friction products based in Monte Alto, Brazil. Dia-Frag has annual sales of about $40 million. Wabtec did…
NYAB, Bendix establish lab at RIT
New York Air Brake LLC and Knorr-Bremse Group sister company Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, working in conjunction with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), have created the Knorr-Bremse North America…
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