Figure 2: Use of AI for crossing gate status[3].

Deep Engineering Dives

RAILWAY AGE, MARCH 2021 ISSUE (expanded version): The railroad industry is using data science to better understand and maintain right-of-way performance. Here’s how.

Safety-Critical HMIs

RAILWAY AGE, MARCH 2021 ISSUE (expanded version): Exploring train control system Human Machine Interface requirements.

Autonomous Semi-Tractor Trailers in Canada?

The government of Canada’s Ontario Province is contributing one-third of the cost to test attended-autonomous semi-tractor trucks in short-haul service among rail terminals, warehouses and local distribution centers.

Jim Squires, Chairman, President and CEO, Norfolk Southern

CEO PERSPECTIVE: Building the Digital Railroad of the Future

As part of a special series in Railway Age’s March 2021 issue, 11 North American railroad CEOs address the daunting challenges the freight rail industry faces as the 21st century enters its third decade—from operations and technology to marketing and growth. Here, Jim Squires, Chairman, President and CEO of Norfolk Southern, covers unlocking the power of Big Data, advancing automation and empowering its workforce.

JJ Ruest, President and CEO, Canadian National Railway Company

CEO PERSPECTIVE: Improving Customer Supply Chain Visibility

As part of a special series in Railway Age’s March 2021 issue, 11 North American railroad CEOs address the daunting challenges the freight rail industry faces as the 21st century enters its third decade—from operations and technology to marketing and growth. Here, JJ Ruest, President and CEO of Canadian National Railway Company, covers delivering a seamless experience for the whole supply chain.

Katie Farmer, President and CEO, BNSF Railway

CEO PERSPECTIVE: Leveraging Advanced Technologies

As part of a special series in Railway Age’s March 2021 issue, 11 North American railroad CEOs address the daunting challenges the freight rail industry faces as the 21st century enters its third decade—from operations and technology to marketing and growth. Here, Katie Farmer, President and CEO of BNSF Railway, discusses leveraging complex, exponentially growing advanced technology.

RailPulse will provide a “neutral, open-architecture, industry-wide railcar telematics platform to make it easier to ship by rail and to track rail shipments across the North American rail network,” according to joint venture partners Norfolk Southern, GATX Corp., Genesee & Wyoming, TrinityRail and Watco.

RailPulse Moves Forward on Telematics Platform

The RailPulse℠ joint venture has selected Princeton Consultants to design its technology platform that “will facilitate and accelerate the adoption of telematics across the North American railcar fleet.”

Linear asset management is a rapidly evolving area of m/w that increasingly relies on autonomous or semi-autonomous data collection systems, coupled with Big Data-driven analytics. (VisioStack)

Precision-Scheduled Maintenance

CSX is using advanced analytics and autonomous data collection systems in maintenance-of-way tasks. Here’s how.

Now On Line: Railway Age’s March Digital Edition

The March 2021 issue of Railway Age is available digitally.

IRJ: 60 Years of Railway Progress and Counting

This year, Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp. celebrates 60 years of International Railway Journal, the world’s first truly global business-to-business publication for the railway industry.

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