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Are two-person crews less safe than a single engineer?
News item: The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) ordered MTA Metro-North Railroad to have two qualified crewmembers in the lead cab until Metro-North’s signal system is updated to ensure automatic train…
FTA releases comprehensive CBTC study
The Federal Transit Administration has published a Rail Transit Signal and Control Systems Research paper that provides “a comprehensive evaluation of CBTC technology.” The research project was conducted by Alan…
Emergency Order 29: Where’s the consistency?
When we investigate accidents and injuries, when we analyze failures of any sort on any railroad, we are searching for a root cause—that determining factor, or factors, that drive the…
Metro-North wreck kills four, injures 63
Four people were killed and 63 were injured, 11 critically, when a seven-car Metro-North train derailed on a curve and rolled over at 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1. The…
Siemens, Bombardier pair on NYMTA PTC
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has awarded a contract to a consortium of Siemens Rail Automation and Bombardier Transportation Rail Control Solutions to install Positive Train Control (PTC) on…
Railway Interchange 2013: Upbeat, and back for more
Healthy attendance and a record number of suppliers exhibiting at RI2013 established this biennial gathering as a can’t-miss event.
Railroad leaders share data, experience on LEADER®
Officials from BNSF, Canadian Pacific, Ferromex, Florida East Coast, Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific, and mining conglomerates ArcelorMittal and Vale S.A. met in Dallas at the New York Air Brake Train…
Joint venture readies signal training school
Herzog Technologies, Inc. and Signal Training Solutions, Inc., announced Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, they are partners backing a new Signal Training School in Oceanside, Calif.
Lilee Systems, Alstom debut PTC communications system
Lilee Systems and Alstom have introduced a new, jointly developed communications management technology that they say “will become the backbone of Alstom’s Positive Train Control (PTC) system.” The technology is…
New from Cisco and Lilee Systems: PTC 1.0
In April 2013, Cisco and Lilee Systems announced plans for what they call “the industry’s first end-to-end communications network for PTC with a proof-of-concept network, located in the San Francisco…
Expect the unexpected
In an ideal world, human beings would never make mistakes and equipment and systems would never fail. Unfortunately we don’t live in utopia, as the spate of serious railway accidents…
TÜV Rheinland lands Alaska Railroad PTC work
TÜV Rheinland Mobility said Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, that its Rail Safety Consulting division has been awarded the second portion of a two-part consulting contract by the Alaska Railroad Corp.…
SYSTRA: Investments, improvements for RAILSIM®
SYSTRA is taking significant actions to further develop RAILSIM®, what it calls “the rail industry’s leading rail operations analysis and simulation software.” These initiatives are designed “to better meet the…
STB adopts final PTC expenses and investments reporting rules
On Aug. 14, 2013, the Surface Transportation Board adopted final rules for the reporting of positive train control (PTC) expenses and investments for Class I railroads.
Rethinking railroad safety and efficiency
An innovative project on Egyptian National Railways is an example of how small railroads can install PTC at a low cost.
Wabtec to provide PTC for Coaster
Wabtec Corp. has signed a $9 million contract with Herzog Technologies Inc. to provide Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment and services for Oceanside, Calif.’s North County Transit District (NCTD). The…
AAR to Senate panel: PTC deadline unrealistic. Here’s why
Association of American Railroads President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 told a Senate Commerce Committee panel that, despite investments of roughly $2.8 billion since 2008…
Court dismisses chemical industry rail safety suit
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. has turned aside a challenge by chemical makers to a Federal Railroad Administration regulation involving the safety of chemical shipments and by…
SYSTRA improves RAILSIM® capabilities for ASCES modeling
SYSTRA has implemented enhancements to its RAILSIM® modeling program for the Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System (ACSES) Positive Train Control (PTC) system. ACSES is the overlay PTC technology utilized on…
Siemens finalizes Invensys Rail acquisition, names Paljug to top post
Siemens Rail Automation, which is part of the company’s Mobility and Logistics Division-Infrastructure & Cities Sector, has completed its acquisition of Invensys Rail, “expanding the company’s footprint in the global…
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