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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…
NARP statement on Amtrak 188
One day after the National Transportation Safety Board released its findings on Amtrak 188's derailment, National Association of Railroad Passengers President Jim Matthews issued this statement on May 18, 2016:
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…
Amtrak 188 engineer distracted before wreck, says NTSB
The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the engineer of Amtrak Northeast Regional train no. 188 was likely distracted by radio traffic about an emergency situation on a Southeastern…
Violet™ capabilities previewed
Prior to its rollout at the Wi-Tronix Chicago Conference on May 17, 2016, the company has revealed several features of its all-new Violet™ Locomotive Data Acquisition Recording System (LDARS).
For Wi-Tronix, orange is the new Violet™
Wi-Tronix, the global provider of LDARS (Locomotive Data Acquisition Recording Systems), has been identified for many years by its iconic purple Wi-PU. The company’s new technology, Violet™, described as “a…
Wabtec signs $30 million contract to provide PTC for NICTD
Wabtec Corporation announced April 14, 2016 that it has signed a contract worth about $30 million to provide equipment and services for a Positive Train Control (PTC) system for the…
AAR names environmental award recipients
The Association of American Railroads on April 12, 2016 presented Michael Hoey, a CSX Transportation civil engineer from Philadelphia, Pa., the 2016 John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence Award. U.S. Senator…
Zero tolerance for cellphones
The BBC has filed the following report on the February 2016 head-on collision of two commuter trains in Bavaria, Germany:
FRA announces $25 million for PTC implementation
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on April 4, 2016 announced that it is accepting applications for $25 million in competitive grant funding available to railroads, suppliers,…
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