In 1975 Dale Dannewitz had a three-week stint on the railroad, then began his locomotive engineer career in 1978. (Caption and Photograph Courtesy of BNSF)

After Nearly 50 Years of Service, BNSF Engineer Dale Dannewitz Retires

It was 1976, a year when there was a resurgence of leisure train travel with the start of Amtrak, when Class I railroads in the Northeast joined to form Conrail, and railroads across the nation debuted patriotic livery paint schemes in honor of America’s bicentennial. And in Minot, N.Dak., a young Dale Dannewitz started his railroading career that would span nearly a half century.

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Supply Side: Wabtec, Cummins, VLI/Progress Rail, Parsons, Alstom

Wabtec signs its first locomotive deal with Grupo RAS in Uruguay and offers a behind-the-scenes look at its brake pad manufacturing plant in Germany. Also, Accelera™ by Cummins commissions its first fuel-cell powered locomotive for Austria’s HY2RAIL project; VLI signs a contract to acquire eight EMD® locomotives from Progress Rail; Parsons wins position on a $1 billion contract to support Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) projects; and a new report highlights the influence of Alstom’s more than 170 years of work across the nation.

Transit Briefs: Amtrak/LOSSAN, NYMTA/PANYNJ, WMATA, Brightline

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service reduces fleet’s environmental impact with sustainable fuel alternative. Also, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announces that AirTrain JFK will accept payments via OMNY, beginning Oct. 11; the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) celebrates one million customers at the Washington Dulles International Airport Silver Line Metrorail Station and announces that normal rail service has returned as the agency continues to inspect the fleet’s oldest railcars; and Brightline will double its train service between Orlando and Miami.

At Metro-North, six new SC-42DM dual-mode (diesel-electric/third-rail) Charger locomotives will replace GE P32AC-DMs, which have either reached or exceeded their projected 25-year lifespan. (Siemens Mobility Photograph)

More Siemens SC-42DMs for Metro-North

Siemens Mobility on Sept. 26 reported that it will supply six additional SC-42DM dual-mode (diesel-electric/third-rail) Charger locomotives to MTA Metro-North Railroad, building on an initial 27-unit order placed in 2020 for the

Jennifer Rumsey (Photo: Business Wire)
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People News: Cummins, WSP, FourKites, Alaska Railroad

Cummins Inc. (Cummins) President and CEO Jennifer Rumsey is named Chair of the Board of Directors. Also, WSP’s Sallye Perrin is recognized as the American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) P3 Trailblazer of the Year; FourKites adds three industry veterans to its team; and Alaska Railroad announces promotions and transfers throughout the organization.

BNSF’s top score places it among the leading companies dedicated to building diverse and inclusive work environments.
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Amtrak, BNSF, CSX and UP Earn Spots on Disability Equality Index

Amtrak, BNSF, CSX and Union Pacific (UP) have each been recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and nonprofit Disability:IN, achieving high scores on the 2023 Disability Equality Index® (DEI).

BAI and Netskrt offer railway operators and passengers affordable onboard video streaming, that reduces the load on the internet bandwidth, and improves overall Wi-Fi performance. (Photo: Business Wire)
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Supply Side: Netskrt Systems/BAI, TransmetriQ, Cummins/Leclanché

Netskrt Systems and BAI Communications (BAI) team up to offer streaming to railway operators in the UK, Europe and North America. Also, TransmetriQ enables detailed railcar lease, health and location insights; and Cummins Inc. and Leclanché S.A (Leclanché) collaborate on lower-emissions solutions for use in rail and marine applications.