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Financial Edge: REF 2017 roundup
Following in the spirit of its predecessors, the 31st annual Rail Equipment Finance Conference was a huge success and an incredible opportunity to get a complete understanding of today’s rail…
CSX fuel tax suit dismissed
A U.S. District Court Judge in Alabama dismissed a lawsuit by CSX alleging a state tax on diesel fuel discriminated against railroads.
SEPTA sets 'Rebuild' FY2018 budget
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) will advance initiatives to renew critical infrastructure, replace aging portions of its fleet, expand capacity for growing ridership and make technology improvements under its proposed…
AAR to Trump Administration: “Proceed with caution”
I have stressed many times in this blog, and in my monthly magazine columns—at times in harsh terms that may have offended some people who, for reasons I can’t quite…
Norfolk Southern safety train to visit 23 cities
Norfolk Southern's safety train will stop in 23 cities during 2017 as part of its Operation Awareness & Response (OAR) program, which provides first responders with free training on how…
Passenger ops lagging freight RRs in PTC progress: FRA
The Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration released a status update today on railroads' progress implementing positive train control (PTC) systems in the fourth quarter of 2016.
First locomotive rebuild for Motive Power Resources
Motive Power Resources announced that it has completed its first locomotive overhaul at its new heavy overhaul and repair facility in Minooka, Ill.
Idaho weather disrupts BNSF, UP, MRL and Amtrak services
Deep snowpack at higher elevations, an early spring thaw, and heavy rainfall are severely affecting rail lines in the Pacific Northwest, particularly in the panhandle of northern Idaho.
A cleaner, greener San Ysidro Yard
The locomotive refueling track in TransNet’s San Ysidro Yard in San Diego, Calif., received an environmentally friendly improvement with the addition of new, custom-designed spill-containment pans from Trans Environmental Systems,…
Wi-Tronix signs up Aussie co-op CBH Group
Wi-Tronix, LLC of Bolingbrook, Ill., announced that it has signed a contract to provide its Wi-Nostix predictive diagnostics software-as-a-service for Co-Operative Bulk Handling Group, Australia’s largest grain co-op.
Trimble partners with Railhead
Trimble announced that it is partnering with Alsip, Ill.-based Railhead Corp. to integrate real-time remote monitoring, diagnostics and on-board video to enhance locomotive asset utilization and productivity.
GE Transportation signs 'smart' loco deal with DB Cargo
Europe’s largest rail freight carrier, DB Cargo, and GE Transportation have signed an agreement to digitize 250 locomotives across Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Poland over the next five…
Railway Age honors Prendergast as Railroader of the Year
Former New York MTA Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast was honored as Railway Age’s 54th Railroader of the Year at a dinner of the Western Railway Club on March 14…
NRE lands ConnDOT locomotive contract
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) on March 6 awarded NRE a five-year contract to overhaul six EMD GP40-2H locomotives that are part of the state’s fleet and operated on…
GE unveils Indian Railways design scheme
This week GE Transportation unveiled the final design for the 700 3.36MW and 300 4.47MW locomotives it is delivering to Indian Railways.
Railroads outpace all U.S. infrastructure in new report card
American railroads earned a grade of B for infrastructure while the rest of the U.S. sectors got a barely-passing D+ in the latest report card from the American Society of…
Siemens turns out first WSDOT Charger
Siemens has rolled out the first production SC-44 Charger locomotive from its Sacramento facility, part of an eight-unit order for the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Record turnout for Railroad Day in Washington
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A record number of railroaders, suppliers, and customers on March 2 converged on the Capitol for the annual lobbying event known as Railroad Day to meet Congressional…
Rod Case at REF 2017: "Try to do more than just run good trains"
Oliver Wyman Partner Rodney Case delivered a thought-provoking address March 6 at Rail Equipment Finance 2017 on the future of North America’s rail industry.
Progress Rail rolls out T4 repower switcher
Progress Rail announced it has successfully completed initial emissions testing of a new switching locomotive, the EMD24B, and has begun the process of certifying the locomotive for EPA Tier 4…
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