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NS: No PTC extension? No PIH trains. No passenger trains
Norfolk Southern on Oct. 20, 2015 said, effective Dec. 1, 2015, it will no longer accept shipments of Poisonous-Inhalation-Hazard (PIH) commodities, and that passenger trains operated by Amtrak, Virginia Railway…
PTC: “It ain’t over till it’s over”
The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee has passed H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, commonly referred to as the “Highway Bill.” Buried deep within the…
STB: Speak to improve the silence
Imagine sharing with two equally qualified colleagues the decision-making authority affecting long-term railroad service quality, profitability and capital investment. Such is the power of the three Senate-confirmed members of the…
Power Drives powers up at RI2015
Power Drives, Inc. (PDI), a Buffalo, N.Y.-based supplier of diesel engine heating/idle reduction and fuel filtration systems with manufacturing facilities in Erie, Pa., Falconer (Jamestown), N.Y., and Haiyu Town, Changsu…
Special rates available for Railway Age Passenger Trains on Freight Railroads Conference
Railway Age’s 22nd Annual Passenger Trains on Freight Railroads Conference is coming up soon, on Oct. 28 and 29, in Washington D.C. at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. A 20% discount…
A visit with NRE at Railway Interchange 2015
Global locomotive manufacturer/remanufacturer NRE (National Railway Equipment) showcased one of its SD40-IAC road switchers at Railway Interchange 2015 in Minneapolis. Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono spoke with NRE Vice…
Pinpoint battery problems with REC’s battery monitor
The Federal Railroad Administration requires grade crossing warning equipment backup battery systems to undergo inspection and load testing every 30 days, and does not allow any time frame flexibility. Railway…
NRE lands first CARB Tier 4 certification
NRE’s NREX 2015 Genset on Aug. 14, 2015 became the first locomotive to be verified by the California Environmental Protection Agency as achieving U.S. EPA Tier 4 emission standards.
Cummins ships first QSK95 engine for the rail market
Cummins Inc. announced Oct. 2, 2015 that the first production 95-liter, 16-cylinder QSK95 engine built to a rail specification has been shipped.
H.R. 3651: PTC relief?
That whooshing sound you may have heard early on Wednesday, Sept. 30 was a collective sigh of relief expelled by everybody who has been beating their head against the wall…
AllTranstek hires Nicole Lev Ross as VP of Strategy and Consulting
Downers Grove, Ill.-based AllTranstek, LLC has hired Nicole Lev Ross as Vice President of Strategy and Consulting, the company announced Sept. 29, 2015. She will work with senior management in…
Sarah, it’s all up to you—for now
Acting Federal Railroad Administrator Sarah Feinberg will respond to questions before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation at her confirmation hearing to become permanent FRA Administrator on…
CURE reinvents itself as FRCA
Long-time advocate for freight rail shippers Consumers United for Rail Equity (CURE) announced on Sept. 10, 2015 “a new name and a new advocacy approach.”
Is PTC a prelude to crewless trains?
An assistant to the president of the Westinghouse Air Brake Company once said, “… let us direct our thoughts toward what would be required in the way of equipment or…
NMC Railway Systems hosts Rep. Ashford for tour, discussion
Rep. Brad Ashford (D-NE-2) joined representatives from NMC Railway Systems for a tour of the company's Omaha facility and discussion of public policy priorities for the local business and rail…
FRA offering $10 million in grant money for crossing safety
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is soliciting applications from states for $10 million in competitive grant funding to improve highway-rail grade crossings and right-of-way along routes that transport energy products…
Introducing the NS GP33ECO
Norfolk Southern unveiled on Sept. 1, 2015 its new GP33ECO switcher locomotive during ceremonies at Inman Yard in Atlanta, Ga.
Oregon ramps up rail safety oversight
The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) on August 28, 2015 approved an updated set of rules for transporting hazardous materials by rail. Combined with Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) addition of…
Lindsey Collins joins NRC as grassroots VP
Lindsey Collins has joined the NRC (National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association) as Vice President of Grassroots Advocacy. She comes to NRC from the Washington, D.C.-based multi-modal transportation policy think-tank…
STB sets 2014 rail cost of capital at 10.65%
The Surface Transportation Board has set the rail industry’s 2014 after-tax cost of capital at 10.65%, some 6% lower than the 2013 figure of 11.32%.
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