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Railway Age November 2023 Digital Edition Spotlights Women in Rail Awards

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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Norfolk Southern Group Vice President Meghan Achimasi appears on the November issue cover. NS photo

Railway Age’s seventh annual Women in Rail program recognizes women who excel at leadership, serving the community and contributing to the industry. These strong women—plus several earning Honorable Mention—were selected from more than 100 applicants working in the North American freight, passenger and supply sectors.

“The honorees deserve not just our recognition with an award, but also our thanks for making the industry more accessible to a broader range of talents and perspectives,” said KellyAnne Gallagher, CEO of the Commuter Rail Coalition, who served as a program judge with Barbara Wilson, former RailUSA LLC President and CEO, with input from Railway Age staff.  

“The 2023 honorees’ propensity for going above what is required makes their contributions even more important in these challenging times,” Wilson said.

Inside the November 2023 issue, you’ll also find feature stories on:

• Hudson-Bergen Light Rail: NJ Transit’s HBLR is a DBOM model deployment, reports Contributing Editor Alfred E. Fazio.

• Rock-Solid Support — High-production, computer-driven track machines and inspection vehicles perform one of the most critical of maintenance-of-way functions: keeping ballast in a state-of-good-repair to provide a smooth-running surface with excellent drainage, writes Senior Editor Carolina Worrell.

• Continuous Real-Time Checkups — Technologies that leverage AI are improving the way railroads operate and maintain equipment and infrastructure, reports Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono.

• Ties and Ballast: Time Tested Foundation — In this edition of “Timeout for Tech with Gary T. Fry, Ph.D., P.E.,” Fry focuses on why they are essential for a rugged, lasting railway.

• MxV Rail R&D — Adam Klopp, Principal Investigator II; and Alyson Sasaoka, Engineer, MxV Rail cover railcar draft system modeling.

Plus, Railway Age Capitol Hill Contributing Editor Frank Wilner discusses the Surfce Transportation Board’s “torment of precautions.”