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British university designs robust point mechanism
Engineers from Loughborough University have developed a fail safe and robust track switch mechanism called Repoint which they say will improve safety and reduce maintenance costs.
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…
New Strato knuckle meets AAR M-216 specs
The Association of American Railroads Coupling System and Truck Casting Committee has approved the new Strato Inc. E50BE Knuckle as meeting the AAR M-216 Knuckle Fatigue Test specification, which requires…
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…
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…
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…
Railroads report no major damage from Northwest fires (so far)
Aside from unconfirmed reports of isolated tie damage to one Idaho short line, and moments of suspended service on both short lines and Class Is, the dozens of wildfires raging…
FRA issues ballast repair safety advisory
The Federal Railroad Administration issued a safety advisory to emphasize the importance of timely repairs of ballast defects and conditions on main tracks.
INRD partners with OLI, police on grade crossing safety blitz
The Indiana Rail Road (INRD) is participating in Indiana Rail Safety Week, which runs the week of Aug. 23-29, by partnering with the Terre Haute Police Department and Indiana Operation…
UIUC officially opens RAIL facility
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for its Research and Innovation Laboratory (RAIL) located at the Harry Schnabel, Jr., Lab.
Is rail doing enough to secure its future?
True success lies in the ability to predict future trends accurately and embrace them successfully rather than letting them adversely affect your business. The difficulty lies in making accurate predictions…
Retlif expands into North Carolina
Retlif Testing Laboratories, a leading independent compliance and testing organization based in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., announced August 7, 2015 that it has expanded with a new location in Concord, N.C.
OLI awards $204,000 for crossing safety public awareness campaigns
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), announced on August 11, 2015 more than $200,0000 in grants to 13 State Operation Lifesaver programs for a…
Stop whimpering and find a way
Last week, the FRA released its most recent report to Congress on the status of PTC implementation. As these things go, it’s not a bad report. It touches on all…
Senate confirms Dominguez’s role as PHMSA Administrator
The U.S. Senate on August 5, 2015 officially confirmed the appointment of Marie Therese Dominguez as Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Dominguez, who began serving…
STB extends deadline on Tongue River Railroad Draft EIS
The Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) has issued a notice extending the deadline—for a second time—for filing comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for…
Miller Ingenuity, DuraForce sign exclusive distribution agreement
Miller Ingenuity has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with DuraForce Company, LLC, to sell the DuraForce™ Fastener Systems, the company announced August 4, 2015.
NS continues safety train program in Ohio
Norfolk Southern’s (NS) Whistle-Stop Safety Train continues its journey this week, traveling through Ohio August 4-6, 2015 to deliver a life-saving message to motorists and pedestrians about staying safe around…
FRA issues rule preventing unattended trains carrying flammables from rolling away
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued on July 30, 2015 a final rule to prevent unattended trains that carry crude oil, ethanol, poisonous by inhalation (PIH), toxic by inhalation (TIH),…
NS, OLI bring safety message to the Carolinas
Norfolk Southern operated its Whistle-Stop Safety Train in North Carolina and South Carolina the week of July 27, 2015 “to remind motorists and pedestrians to be safe and alert when…
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