IBEW signals and communications workers in Canada last ratified a five-year contract with CN at the end of April 2017. (Photograph Courtesy of CN)

IBEW Threatens Strike at CN

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has notified CN of its intention to strike as of 11 a.m. ET on July 18, the Class I railroad reported June 15.

June 2022 Railway Age Digital Edition On Line

Railway Age’s June 2022 issue is now available digitally, featuring the annual Guide to Equipment Leasing.

“The use of technology to increase shipment visibility is critical for ensuring we meet the needs and expectations of our customers who rely upon us for safe and reliable service,” said Kenny Rocker, Executive Vice President-Marketing and Sales for UP, which has joined the RailPulse coalition.

UP Joins RailPulse Coalition

RailPulse has a seventh member: Union Pacific, which on June 7 joined the coalition established in late 2020 to “develop, broaden and accelerate the use of GPS and other telematics technologies in North America’s freight rail industry.”

An aerial view of the Dec. 18, 2017 derailment. (Photo courtesy of Washington State Patrol.)

Settled: Amtrak Cascades Derailment Case

A settlement has been reached more than four years after Amtrak Cascades train 501, on its inaugural Point Defiance Bypass run, derailed in DuPont, Wash., as it entered a 30-mph curve at approximately 79 mph.

Cervello Granted U.S. Rail Cybersecurity Policy Authoring Patent

Cervello, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based cybersecurity firm, has been granted what it’s calling the ”first-ever U.S. patent (U.S. Pat. No.: US11247706B2) covering Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based cyber protection for railways.”

Wabtec on June 6 launched its new Precision Dispatch System with an order from CN. (Photograph Courtesy of Wabtec)

Wabtec Lands Orders from CN, Fortescue

CN will roll out Wabtec’s new Precision Dispatch System, and mining company Fortescue Metals Group of western Australia will take delivery of Wabtec-modernized locomotives over the next two years.

“CP was pleased to host Canadian Federal Transport Minister @OmarAlghabra at our Vaughan Intermodal Terminal in Ontario Friday [June 3] for the announcement of $24 million in federal funding for grade crossing safety improvements across Canada,” Canadian Pacific (CP) reported on Twitter. (Photo Courtesy of CP via Twitter)

Transport Canada Investing C$24MM in Rail Safety

Transport Canada’s Rail Safety Improvement Program for 2022-23 will distribute C$24 million to 147 grade crossing, infrastructure and research projects.

Mi-Jack Products has acquired Yardeye GmbH, a German automation, collision avoidance, and work-zone protection supplier for the port and rail container industries.

Supply Side: Alliance Shippers/Carrier Transicold, Humatics/Hitachi, L.B. Foster, Mi-Jack/Yardeye

Alliance Shippers Inc. is outfitting its 53-foot trailers and intermodal containers with Carrier Transicold telematics. Also, Humatics, in partnership with Hitachi Rail STS, is a RailTech Technology & Design Innovation Award finalist for 2022; L.B. Foster has been awarded ISNetworld’s RAVS Plus® designation for safety practices; and Mi-Jack Products and Yardeye GmbH are merging their container handling businesses.

RailPulse Teams With Railinc (Updated, Blaze)

Railinc will develop, maintain and operate RailPulse’s technology platform for monitoring railcar location, condition and health under a 10-year agreement, RailPulse reported on May 31.

Trainyard Tech Lands a Sweet Deal

Trainyard Tech, LLC is the winning bidder for the upgrade of the U.S. Sugar Corp. rail facility in Clewiston, Fla., with a Routemaster™ control system. The facility consists of two leads with 34 switches feeding a dumping facility for processing raw sugar cane, an operation that must take place within eight hours of harvest to avoid spoilage.