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RDC, whose companies include Iowa Interstate Railroad and Pop-Up Metro, LLC, has become the eighth member of the RailPulse Coalition.

RDC Joins RailPulse Coalition

RailPulse has an eighth member: Pittsburgh, Penn.-based railway investment and management company Railroad Development Corporation (RDC), which on Oct. 19 joined the coalition established in late 2020 to “develop, broaden and accelerate the use of GPS and other telematics technologies in North America’s freight rail industry.”

Union Pacific on June 7 joined the RailPulse coalition, which was formed in late 2020 to “develop, broaden and accelerate the use of GPS and other telematics technologies in North America’s freight rail industry.”

RailPulse Outlines Three-Phase Pilot

RailPulse is developing a cloud-based telematics platform in an aim “to accelerate the adoption of GPS and other technologies across the North American railcar network.” Late last month, it outlined a three-phase approach to development, which is slated to be complete in second-quarter 2023.

Trinity Lands $1.8B Multi-Year Railcar Order

Trinity Industries on Oct. 3 reported that it will supply a mix of 15,000 newly built tank and freight railcars to GATX through 2028, with GATX having an option to order up to 500 more railcars per year from 2023 to 2028.

Trinity 2Q22: ‘Improvement and Momentum’

Trinity Industries on July 27 reported second-quarter 2022 GAAP and adjusted earnings that “reflect improvement and momentum and reinforce our optimism for the back half of the year,” according to President and CEO Jean Savage.

“The use of technology to increase shipment visibility is critical for ensuring we meet the needs and expectations of our customers who rely upon us for safe and reliable service,” said Kenny Rocker, Executive Vice President-Marketing and Sales for UP, which has joined the RailPulse coalition.

UP Joins RailPulse Coalition

RailPulse has a seventh member: Union Pacific, which on June 7 joined the coalition established in late 2020 to “develop, broaden and accelerate the use of GPS and other telematics technologies in North America’s freight rail industry.”

David Shannon, General Manager, RailPulse

RailPulse Appoints GM

David Shannon has been selected as the first General Manager of RailPulse, a coalition of railcar owners, builders and operators whose aim is to “facilitate and accelerate the adoption of GPS and other telematics technology across the North American railcar network to significantly increase visibility, efficiency and safety.”

Commentary

A Journey Into the Telematics Universe

Over the past year and a half, I have been interviewing many of the people and companies that are in the business of trying to improve what is normally called “track and trace” and condition reporting of railway cargo and railway rolling stock equipment. Today, it’s called “telematics.”

“The adoption of RailPulse technology advances rail safety, enhances our customer service model and drives growth for the rail freight industry at large,” Greenbrier Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial and Leasing Officer Brian Comstock said.

Greenbrier Joins RailPulse Coalition

The Greenbrier Companies, Inc., has signed on with RailPulse, a coalition of railcar owners, builders and operators whose aim is to “aggregate North American railcar fleet data on a single platform” to increase safety and the visibility of customer goods.