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BNSF helps suppress Spokane wildfire
A wind-driven wildfire that grew to at least 30 acres on the west side of Spokane, Wash., on June 11 was quickly knocked down by two helicopter drops, fire teams…
AAR reiterates push toward PTC
As the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee held the latest in a growing collection of hearings on Positive Train Control, the Association of American Railroads reiterated its oft-repeated message that…
New York MTA touts compliance with FRA safety advisory
As a result of work completed in March 2014 in response to the Federal Railroad Administration’s Emergency Order 29, the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North say they are in…
NTSB rules out cell phone as factor in Amtrak accident
National Transportation Safety Board investigators examining Amtrak’s May 12, 2015 derailment on the Northeast Corridor have ruled out distraction caused by cell phone use on the part of engineer Brandon…
Jerome Marullo joins Simmons-Boardman Railway Division
Jerome Marullo has joined the Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp. Railway Division as Eastern Regional Advertising Sales Manager, with responsibility for Railway Age, Railway Track & Structures and International Railway Journal. He…
AskRail™ app for first responders showcased in Chicago
AskRail™, the mobile application developed as an added safety tool for first responders, continued its industry-wide rollout with a demonstration at BNSF’s Chicago (Corwith) Intermodal Facility on June 8, 2015.…
Liability shouldn’t threaten survival
Violent clashes often occur at the intersection of liability, ability to pay and the law. They follow train accidents that send victims and railroads to court as adversaries.
DOT on truck size and weight: We need more data
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has released a series of technical reports on truck size and weight for peer review and public comment as a step toward the completion…
AAR expresses solidarity with Amtrak after congressional hearing
Following the June 2, 2015 oversight hearing of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee on Amtrak’s May 12 fatal derailment of Northeast Regional Train 188 (which according to many observers…
The wait for a new tank car specification is over. Now comes the “fun” part: Retrofits to older cars, and potentially onerous operating rules.
NS 9-1-1 honors first responders
At Washington, D.C.’s Union Station, Norfolk Southern dedicated its latest commemorative locomotive, an SD60E painted in a vibrant red, white and black livery with gold accents and insignia recognizing police,…
House T&I hearing a litany of embarrassments
I watched the webcast of the June 2, 2015 U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure oversight hearing of the Amtrak accident in Philadelphia.
RSI-CTC launches litigation intervention effort
The Railway Supply Institute Committee on Tank Cars (RSI-CTC) says it has moved to intervene in pending litigation in three federal courts to support the U.S. Department of Transportation’s recently…
NS brings its safety campaign to Georgia
Norfolk Southern is bringing its “Train Your Brain” public safety campaign, now in its ninth year, to central and south Georgia to remind people to be safe and alert around…
TRB accepting proposals for innovative rail safety ideas
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is accepting proposals for the Safety IDEA (Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis) Program, which supports the development and testing of innovative concepts and methods for improving…
Amtrak NEC locomotives to receive inward-facing cameras
In the wake of the May 12, 2015 derailment in North Philadelphia of Amtrak Northeast Regional train 188, which claimed eight lives and caused more than 200 injuries, Amtrak will…
SEPTA places railway safety technology order
Protran Technology, a Harsco Rail company, has received an order for railway safety technology from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), operator of the sixth largest rail transit system by…
AAR recognizes hazmat award recipients
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has announced the 2014 recipients of the Holden-Proefrock Award, Non-Accident Release (NAR) Grand Slam Award, and Perfect Game Award. In addition, TRANSCAER® (Transportation Community…
Duos Technologies lands Raytheon contract
Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) has awarded a contract to Duos Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Information Systems Associates Inc. (ISA), to provide a railcar undercarriage screening system in…
Meg Baker and her trusty Speed-O-Meter to the rescue!
CBS News legends Edward R. Murrow, Fred Friendly, Charles Kuralt and Walter Cronkite must be turning over and hurling in their graves.
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