“Saving America”

A Union Pacific locomotive engineer based in the Pacific Northwest who had just received his notice of exemption from travel restrictions proudly told Railway Age Contributing Editor Bruce Kelly, “We’ve gone from building America to saving it.” This UP field employee in Train & Engine Service has embraced his railroad’s slogan, “Building America,” and his heartfelt statement takes it to a higher level—from motto to mantra.

Metro-North’s Harlem, Hudson Lines Fully PTC-Equipped

MTA Metro-North Railroad President Cathy Rinaldi announced that as of March 14 Metro-North’s full Harlem and Hudson lines are operating in Positive Train Control (PTC), bringing Metro-North’s total of PTC-equipped route miles to 189, which represents 68% of its mileage.

S-B Rail Group Staff Report: UPDATED MARCH 30—Global Railway Industry Response & Impacts, COVID-19 Pandemic

The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus, a pandemic, and the U.S. has declared a National Emergency. The global railway industry has been responding. Following is a staff report from the editors at Railway Age, Railway Track & Structures and International Railway Journal that will be continuously updated with the latest developments, the most significant posted up top.

MBTA to Deploy Wi-Tronix Safety Solutions

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will complete deployment of the Wi-Tronix® Violet Edge IoT Platform on its diesel locomotive fleet in an effort to enhance the safety of its trains and to improve service reliability.

Coronavirus: A Silver Lining for Labor?

The year was 1917, and on Dec. 18, President Woodrow Wilson invoked the Army Appropriations Act of 1916 to take federal control of the nation’s railroads. The U.S. had entered World War I that April, and a lack of coordination among railroads, along with labor strife, hampered the war effort.

A Reinvigorated Operation Lifesaver

WATCHING WASHINGTON, RAILWAY AGE MARCH 2020 ISSUE: Welcome back, Operation Lifesaver. Visibly restored is the vim and vigor vital to your task. While you were regrouping, horribles continued at highway-rail grade crossings and on the steel rails that too often are narcotizing agents for otherwise safety-conscious hikers, joggers, dog walkers, photographers, short-cut seekers, snowmobilers, those fishing, midday wanderers and the permanently idle.

CSX Shares Virtual Training Simulation Success

CSX was recently interviewed about its dive into the virtual training simulation world with interactive training provider Heartwood. The goal of the interview was to explore the opportunities and challenges the company faced while adopting this new technology, and to share their industry outlook around it.

TekTracking Debuts GLM on CP

Railroad asset management technology development company TekTracking LLC has installed its first Gate Light Monitor (GLM) system at a Canadian Pacific Railway highway-rail grade crossing.

Possible COVID-19 Impacts, North American Freight Railroads

Wide-scale spread of the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) is very real. Cases reported outside China recently exceeded new cases reported inside China, a possible tipping point. What could the implications be for North American freight railroads?

CN: “On Our Way to Recovering”

In the absence of significant illegal blockades on its network over the last four days, CN announced that it has started calling back most of the temporarily laid off employees based in Eastern Canada.

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