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Uncertainty clouds key rail bills in Senate
Two bills of substantial importance to railroads—Staggers Rail Act revisions as part of reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Board (STB), and extension of the deadline to implement Positive Train Control…
BNSF drones will patrol the track
One need not look to the wild blue yonder to find the BNSF air force. Soon, it will be patrolling BNSF tracks from altitudes no higher than 500 feet, but…
RailPlan lands Metrolink PTC-related contract
RailPlan International said Monday, March 16, 2015 it has landed a technical services contract with the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, which oversees Metrolink regional rail service, in developing Positive…
PTC relief on the way?
The U.S. railroad industry has been scrambling since 2008 to meet the requirements of an unfunded federal government mandate—namely, having Positive Train Control installed and fully operational by Dec. 31,…
Metrolink crash injures dozens, five critically
A Metrolink train on the system's Ventura County Line hit a truck abandoned at a road-rail grade crossing near Oxnard, Calif., Tuesday morning, Feb. 24, 2015, resulting in numerous injuries,…
Foxx talks tough on PTC
Testifying before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Feb. 11, 2015, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the DOT is “continuing to hold the industry’s feet to the fire…
Lilee Systems debuts communications package
San Jose, Calif.-based Lilee Systems on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 announced "the availability of its TransAir™ LMS-2450 series, a locomotive messaging and application server (LMS) series that the company says…
Tank car safety, PTC on NTSB’s 2015 Most Wanted List
The National Transportation Safety Board has released it 2015 list of ten “Most Wanted” areas that require safety improvements. Six of the ten are either rail specific or multi-modal; four,…
FRA green-lights CBOSS PTC
The Federal Railroad Administration has given Caltrain the green light to proceed with the installation and testing of its CBOSS (Caltrain Communications Based Overlay Signal System) Positive Train Control (PTC)…
Newest RECo switch mode charger debuts
Railway Equipment Co. (RECo) has announced additions and improvements to its high-efficiency, reliable Cragg Railcharger switch mode power supply battery charger line, including a new 60 amp Switch Mode Charger…
So, you want to know my opinion?
Somebody asked me my opinion, and you know how dangerous that can be...
One-person crew proposal rejected on BNSF
BNSF Railway conductors and ground-service workers represented by General Committee GO-001 of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air and Rail Transportation Workers (SMART, formerly the United Transportation Union) have…
R.J. Corman acquires Roadway Worker Training
R.J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC has acquired St. Augustine, Fla.-based Roadway Worker Training, Inc. (RWT), which provides specialized training and support services to the railroad industry.
Exemptions expanded in FRA's final PTC rule
The Federal Railroad Aministration published its final rule concerning Positive Train Control (PTC) systems in the Aug. 22, 2014, Federal Register. The rule, which takes effect Oct. 21, 2014, expands…
BLET in catbird seat over crew consist
News item: Vouchsafed to work jointly in gaining legislation or regulation mandating two crew members on every freight train are the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Union (SMART) and…
Siemens Rail Automation expands in Pennsylvania
Siemens Rail Automation announced on August 8, 2014 that it will combine and expand its manufacturing and engineering operations at a new facility in the Pittsburgh area “to help meet…
Protran lands Collision Avoidance System contracts
Protran Technology has delivered the first sets of its Collision Avoidance System to a major East Coast transit agency and a maintenance-of-way contractor.
When you get a good deal, take it
Arbitrator Robert O. Harris told the United Transportation Union (UTU) and railroads in 1991, then unable to agree at the bargaining table, “Welcome to the oldest established craps game in…
Analyst: GE/Alstom deal strengthens Alstom’s competitive position
According to analyst Eshna Basu of The Motley Fool, “the General Electric-Alstom deal could create the world’s largest rail equipment maker.” Basu’s analysis follows GE’s multi-billion-dollar purchase of Alstom’s power…
Thompson to SMART reps: “You have hit a grand slam”
In a July 20, 2014 letter to SMART-Transportation Division International Representative John W. Babler and General Chairperson Randall S. Knutson, former United Transportation Union International President Paul C. Thompson expresses…
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