LIRC, RCPE accept Railway Age awards

The Louisville & Indiana Railroad (LIRC) and the Rapid City Pierre & Eastern accepted Railway Age’s annual Short Line & Regional Railroads of the Year Awards at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) CONNECTIONS Convention in Orlando, Fla., on April 9.

Windschmitt joins Quandel as Director of Railroad Operations

Quandel Consultants announced on April 15 that Peter Windschmitt has joined the national rail and transit firm as Director of Railroad Operations.

NRC ousts CCH

The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) is severing ties with Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell LLC (CCH), the Washington, D.C. lobbying firm that has been managing NRC’s operations for the past 15 years.

Georgia Port Authority selects RailComm for Savannah automation

In a competitive bid, the Georgia Port Authority selected RailComm, LLC as the yard management system provider for the new Port of Savannah Multi-Modal Connector, RailComm announced on April 10.

Rodgers to serve as Tealinc Customer Support and Development Specialist

Tealinc, Ltd. recently announced that Shannon Rodgers will be joining the team, effective April 8, as Customer Support and Development Specialist. Based out of the company’s new Altoona, Penn., office, Rodgers’ aim will be to represent east coast customers.

Claussen new ASLRRA Chair

Doc Claussen, vice chair of Gulf & Ohio Railways, Inc., is the new chair of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA).

Weisbrod to serve as RGCX CFO

Railcar leasing company RGCX LLC announced on April 11 that it has hired Misty Weisbrod as Chief Financial Officer.

OLI: Collisions, casualties increased in 2018

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) Executive Director Rachel Maleh recently revealed that railroad grade crossing collisions and rail trespass deaths increased in 2018.

Improving railroad cyber-threat resilience

Railroads are a critical component of America’s transportation infrastructure, and have been making significant investments in advanced networked computer control systems and information technologies. This has enabled the employment of new capabilities such as “Positive Train Control and “Precision Railroading” with increased operational efficiencies and improvements in safety. However, the introduction of these new technologies also results in increased organizational and system vulnerabilities to disruption arising from cyberattacks .

ASLRRA 2019 CONNECTIONS Convention wrap-up

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association 2019 CONNECTIONS Convention, held at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Fla., “delivered outstanding education and networking, and celebrated industry excellence,” ASLRRA said.