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FRA Renews RSAC Charter

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has renewed the charter of the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) for a two-year period. The renewed charter, or “recharter,” as FRA terms it, increases the number of represented organizations by three, from 23 to 26, and the number of individual voting members by 17, from 34 to 51.

49 CFR Part 243 Training Costs: ROI Considerations

The costs railroads can save with simulation training recertifications are significant. Railroads have to meet recertification standards for FRA compliance, performing check-in training for safety reasons. However, if railroad workers aren’t able to accurately and immediately identify danger points, disaster is imminent.

Calling All ‘Fast Trackers’ Nominations!

Railway Age is now accepting entries for our 2022 “Fast Trackers” 20 Under 40 awards, in which we will profile 20 individuals under the age of 40 who have made an impact in their respective fields or within their company. The deadline is Jan. 7, 2022.

Wabtec has issued a 2021 Sustainability Report, highlighting progress toward key Environmental, Social and Governance initiatives.

Supply Side: Ballard, Harting, Navis, Siemens, Wabtec

Ballard Power Systems has acquired Arcola Energy for $40 million. In addition, Harting has earned a product innovation award for its har-modular® series; Navis has recognized six customers with 2021 Inspire Awards; Siemens Mobility and RazorSecure have teamed to provide enhanced rail cybersecurity monitoring solutions; and Wabtec Corp. has published a 2021 Sustainability Report.

Laboratory Testing of Reconditioned Bearings

TTCI R&D, RAILWAY AGE NOVEMBER 2021 ISSUE: Roller bearing reconditioning is a common practice in the railroad industry, with 90% of the bearings in revenue service having been through the reconditioning process. Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) is collecting test data on the performance and service life of bearings following reconditioning repairs. The testing for this research project consisted of two phases.

PHMSA, FRA Capping LNG By Rail?

On Nov. 8, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would suspend the transportation of liquefied natural gas by rail “until more research and testing can be done to ensure the safety of moving this commodity by rail.” The NPRM would presumably negate a Final Rule issued in 2019.