Impact Control With Limited Slack Action: Measuring Long-Travel Draft System Performance

RAILWAY AGE, JULY 2020 ISSUE, TTCI R&D: Draft systems are important contributors to train performance because, among effects, these systems limit the relative motion between coupled vehicles in a train and absorb energy during impact events. An end-of-car cushioning (EOCC) unit is a type of long-travel draft system that uses hydraulic cylinders in place of standard friction draft gears to absorb energy and improve yard impact performance. EOCC units absorb energy when coupler forces are applied by forcing oil from a high-pressure inner cylinder to a low-pressure outer casing through various preloaded orifices over a long displacement stroke, which is typically 10 or 15 inches.

Takeaways From Cowen’s 2Q20 Rail Equipment Survey

“Order expectations by the shipper sub-group of railcar buyers were mixed. While a smaller percentage expects to order railcars, the certainty level about ordering has increased. Among railcar suppliers, we favor Trinity for the flexibility of its manufacturing/leasing model, and Greenbrier for its international diversification and cost cutting. GATX’s lease terms offer it some protection.”

Defining Private Railcar Storage Best Practices

There are things the regulators don’t tell you about marshaling and storing freight cars, such as how to detect rail head wear. Most railroad executives would not know how to do this. This commentary will include a few pointers that your favorite Class I railroad salesperson won’t typically pass on as business intelligence. Bad things can and do occasionally happen in rail yards. Therefore, it is prudent risk management to consider these matters ahead of time.

Kelly to Serve as RFC VP

Railroad Financial Corporation (RFC) recently hired Roger Kelly as a Vice President.

O’Malley Departing RSI

After just over two years at the helm, Railway Supply Institute (RSI) President Mike O’Malley is leaving the organization at the end of July. O’Malley, who has served as RSI’s leader since early 2018, is “pursuing an opportunity with a corporation outside the Washington, D.C. area,” RSI said in an announcement. O’Malley joined the organization after serving in a government relations capacity with CSX.

InnoTrans’ Kerstin Schulz: 2021 a “Unique Opportunity”

Kerstin Schulz, Show Director of InnoTrans, discusses the transition of InnoTrans 2020 to InnoTrans 2021, as well as the new elements that will be debuting at its next gathering, with Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono.

Takeaways From Cowen’s Rail Shipper Panel

“Covid-19 impacts have varied across the supply chain though rail service has been really strong in recent months. Shippers noted the ability to get better pricing if they deliver volumes for Class I carriers. Supply chain near-shoring continues to be an underappreciated story and could benefit KSU if supply chains relocate to Mexico.”

Takeaways From Cowen’s Rail Equipment Conference Call

“Railcar inquiries are largely in line with—if not slightly better than—the anemic levels seen two months ago. Translation into orders remains slow. Lease rates are still depressed, with no signs of improvement. Secondary market valuations appear to have eased. Locomotive upgrades could prove resilient. We’re constructive on Wabtec, Trinity and Greenbrier, but the latter two could see near-term pressure.”

Mahoney Named RailSolutions SVP

RailSolutions, LLC has named Mike Mahoney as Senior Vice President, effective June 22, 2020. In his new role, Mahoney will be responsible for customer relationships and day-to-day projects.

USDOT Issues Rule Authorizing Bulk Transport of LNG by Rail

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in consultation with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), issued on June 19 a final rule authorizing the bulk transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail.