Ottawa Confederation Line Opens with Thales SelTrac™ CBTC

The latest North American rail transit system to utilize CBTC (Communications Based Train Control), Ottawa’s 13-station O-Train Confederation Line, is now in revenue service, operating with Thales SelTrac™ technology.

Wabtec Taps Septentrio for PTC GPS Receivers

Wabtec has partnered with Septentrio, a Belgian manufacturer of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) equipment, to supply GPS receivers for its GoLINC™ Edge locomotive onboard mobile data center platform, “providing positioning, connectivity and data storage, and enhancing Positive Train Control (PTC) with the adoption of even higher-precision positioning technology.”

Timken to Acquire BEKA for $165MM

The Timken Company recently reached an agreement to acquire BEKA Lubrication for approximately $165 million. BEKA serves a range of industrial sectors such as wind, food and beverage, rail, on- and off-highway, and other process industries. BEKA sales are expected to be around $135 million for the full year 2019.

NJT Hoboken 2016, the Final 39 Seconds

The news of the day the other day read “Train Engineer in Fatal 2016 Hoboken Train Crash Wins Back Job with NJT.” The locomotive engineer, Thomas Gallagher, had been dismissed after over-running the end of Track 5 in Hoboken Terminal. The resulting collision damaged the supports for the train shed roof. A woman not on the train but walking on a platform was killed as she was struck by the collapsing structure.

Lesson Learned? Perhaps, But Too Late For Some

A recently issued arbitration decision directs New Jersey Transit (NJT) to re-employ Thomas Gallagher, the locomotive engineer who in 2016 ran an NJT commuter train into a bumping post and onto the platform at Hoboken Terminal. While the arbitrator found that the engineer “… bore some responsibility for the crash,” she also found that, “… NJ Transit had failed to follow its own procedures for screening engineers in his case.”

Clark Testing Opens Propulsion Dynamic Lab

Clark Testing recently announced the opening of its Propulsion Dynamic Lab (PDL), which is aimed at supporting the heavy and light rail industry.

Amtrak Reveals Acela, Long-Distance Train Upgrades

Amtrak recently announced new amenities to its Acela Nonstop trains, as well as upgrades to its long-distance trains.

CRRC MA Refuting “Protectionist Rhetoric”

CRRC MA Corp. on Sept. 12 released an infographic “outlining the U.S. supply chain for passenger trains being manufactured for America’s first transit system, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).” The infographic “reveals that all software and electronic components on CRRC MA railcars are Buy America compliant, provided by American suppliers, and installed by an American unionized workforce,” CRRC said in a press release.

LIRR Debuts M-9s

After roughly two years’ worth of delays, MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has taken the wraps off its new M-9 EMU (electric multiple-unit) commuter railcars. The first eight-car trainset departed Sept. 11 at 6:50 am from Huntington.

Transit Oriented Development – Chicago

RAILWAY AGE, SEPTEMBER 2019 ISSUE – Effectively leveraging rail infrastructure: Dynamic, walkable, higher-density urban neighborhoods in proximity to transit can improve quality of life. Here’s how it’s done in the Windy City.