Railroad News

Wood-tie treaters forecast growth in 2019

As wildfires continue to rage in the western United States, Lonza has reported growing interest in its FireSheath WFS Net product.Photo – Lonza Wood Protection

By Daniel Niepow, Associate Editor

...
Continue reading

Metro-North logs rail maintenance record

Rail News Home Maintenance Of Way 10/18/2018 Rail News: Maintenance Of Way
image Crews installed a record number of ties along the Waterbury Branch, which is part of Metro-North's New Haven Line.Photo – Connecticut Department of Transportation

MTA Metro-North Railroad crews on Oct. 9 installed 1,161 ties along the Waterbury Branch, marking the railroad's largest number of ties installed in a single day.

The figure surpassed by two ties the previous record set in 1984 between Brewster and Dover Plains on the Harlem Line.

...
Continue reading

Sound Transit names Butler CFO

Rail News Home Railroading People 10/18/2018 Rail News: Railroading People
image Butler joined the agency as treasurer in 2007.Photo – Sound Transit's Flickr account

Sound Transit has appointed Tracy Butler chief financial officer.

She joined the agency as treasurer in 2007 and most recently served as interim CFO. In 2016, Butler negotiated Sound Transit's $2 billion master credit agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation, agency officials said in a news release.

...
Continue reading

U.S. rail traffic growth continued in Week 41

U.S. railroads logged a 1.7 percent increase in carload and intermodal traffic for the week ending Oct. 13 compared with traffic a year ago, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

U.S. carload traffic rose 0.4 percent to 263,787 carloads for the week, while intermodal volume increased 3 percent to 285,970 containers and trailers compared with the same week in 2017, according to an AAR press release.

...
Continue reading

Cuomo tours Hudson River tunnels in push for federal funding

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on President Donald Trump and other Washington, D.C., officials to "stop playing politics" and fund the federal government's share of the Hudson tunnel project.

Cuomo made the comments late last night as he toured the North River tunnels to see the damage both tubes sustained during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. The tubes were inundated with seawater, causing falling concrete, corroded electrical cabling and standing water damage.

...
Continue reading

SEPTA solicits renewable energy proposals

Rail News Home Sustainability 10/18/2018 Rail News: Sustainability
image The agency aims to transition 10 percent to 20 percent of its annual electricity requirement to zero-carbon sources from its current mix of grid-based sources.Photo – iseptaphilly.com

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has released a request for proposals (RFP) to purchase electricity generated by wind, solar or other renewable resources.

The agency wants to transition 10 percent to 20 percent of its annual electricity requirement to zero-carbon sources from its current mix of grid-based sources, SEPTA officials said in a press release.

...
Continue reading

FRA's Batory meets with PTC system suppliers

Rail News Home Positive Train Control 10/18/2018 Rail News: Positive Train Control
image Batory met with the suppliers to better understand the critical supply chain and supply industry's capacity to support the installation and testing requirements.Photo – FRA

Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory yesterday completed a second series of meetings with positive train control (PTC) system suppliers as part of the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) oversight of the rail industry's implementation of the safety technology.

Batory met with senior leaders of suppliers that are directly associated with the eight railroads most at risk of not meeting the federal mandate that calls for railroads to implement PTC by Dec. 31 or meet certain criteria that would allow for a deadline extension.

...
Continue reading

AAR honors Norfolk Southern's Schoendorfer, shippers for hazmat work

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) yesterday announced the 2018 recipients of the Holden-Proefrock Award and the 2017 Non-Accident Release (NAR) Grand Slam Awards, which recognize people, shippers and railroads that operate in hazardous materials fields.

The AAR selected David Schoendorfer, system manager of hazardous materials at Norfolk Southern Railway, to receive the Holden-Proefrock Award. With 33 years of rail experience, Schoendorfer has played a key role in the safe transportation of hazardous materials and community outreach for both his railroad and the industry, AAR officials said in a press release.

...
Continue reading

CUTA wants drug testing now that pot is legal in Canada

Rail News Home Safety 10/18/2018 Rail News: Safety
image The association called for random drug tests of subway workers and other employees in safety-sensitive jobs.Photo – cutaactu.ca

Now that recreational use of cannabis is legal in Canada, the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) yesterday called on the Canadian government to establish rules that would permit transit agencies to randomly drug test subway operators and other employees working in safety-sensitive positions.

The random tests would be an "additional tool for transit systems to reinforce safety in public transport and urban mobility across the country," CUTA officials said in a news release.

...
Continue reading

Rail technology update: Lightning protection

Shown: Automated Railroad Maintenance Systems staff integrate GPS/cellular antenna kits with PolyPhaser surge protection components.Photo – automated railroad maintenance systems

Compiled by Michael Popke

...
Continue reading

Rail supplier news from AllTranstek, ABB, Kontron and WSP (Oct. 17)

Rail News Home Railroading Supplier Spotlight 10/17/2018 Rail News: Railroading Supplier Spotlight
image AllTranstek tapped John Hoyt to lead its new tax and audit service offering.Photo – AllTranstek

AllTranstek LLC has begun offering tax and audit services in response to the demand for assistance in monitoring tax code changes, ad valorem tax compliance and assessment reviews. The company's new tax and audit services division helps clients manage the financial reporting process for state and local taxing jurisdictions, AllTranstek officials said in a news release. To lead the new service offering, the firm appointed John Hoyt manager of tax and audit services. Hoyt began his rail career with TTX Co. in 1979.

Indian Railways has placed an $18 million order with ABB for traction transformers. The units will be customized for the WAP-7 type electric locomotive, which can haul 24 coaches at speeds up to 87 mph. The project is part of Indian Railways' "Mission Electrification" initiative, which aims to electrify nearly 15,000 miles of track. The transformers will be built at BB's facility in Gujurat, India.

...
Continue reading

North Carolina Railroad's Kessler named AREMA president

Rail News Home Railroading People 10/17/2018 Rail News: Railroading People
image North Carolina Railroad Co. Vice President of Engineering James Kessler (left) receives the president's gavel from AREMA Past President Dwight Clark (right).Photo – North Carolina Railroad Co.

North Carolina Railroad Co. Vice President of Engineering James Kessler has been named president of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-Of-Way Association (AREMA) for the 2018-2019 term.

Kessler was installed as AREMA president last month during the association's annual Presidents Dinner, according to a press release issued by the North Carolina Railroad (NCRR).

...
Continue reading

Chicago South Shore earns ASLRRA 'President's Award' for safety

Rail News Home Short Lines & Regionals 10/17/2018 Rail News: Short Lines & Regionals
image The award was presented to CSS at the 2018 ASLRRA Eastern Region meeting in Vermont earlier this month.Photo – anacostia.com

Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad (CSS) has been awarded the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association's (ASLRRA) President's Award for "outstanding safety achievements" in 2017.

The award was presented at the 2018 ASLRRA Eastern Region meeting in Vermont earlier this month. Presented annually, the award recognizes short lines and regionals that post the best safety rate as reported by the Federal Railroad Administration.

...
Continue reading

Amtrak's Acela seats to be upcycled into luxury bags

Rail News Home Amtrak 10/17/2018 Rail News: Amtrak
image The railroad is working with People for Urban Progress to produce about 2,500 bags over the next 10 to 12 months.Photo – People for Urban Progress blog

Amtrak has partnered with People for Urban Progress (PUP) to repurpose Acela Express seat covers into luxury leather bags.

An Indianapolis-based nonprofit, PUP expects to roll out about 2,500 bags over the next 10 to 12 months as the seat coverings are repurposed. The first products will include tote bags, backpacks and "dopp kits" or toiletry bags. PUP designers are hand-crafting all the bags.

...
Continue reading

Schumer wants railroads to notify locals when transporting hazmat

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) this week called on Canadian Pacific, CSX and other freight railroads to provide more information to county emergency management authorities and first responders when trains are transporting hazardous materials through local communities in New York.

Specifically, Schumer urged better state-local coordination and "proactive" and detailed information sharing when trains loaded with hazmat operate through their areas.

...
Continue reading

LA Metro starts tunnel dig for Purple Line subway

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) on Monday began subway tunneling under Wilshire Boulevard for the Purple Line Extension.

The agency has launched two tunnel boring machines that will dig the twin tunnels, Metro officials said in a blog post yesterday.

...
Continue reading

California High-Speed Rail Authority OKs EIR for Fresno-Bakersfield segment

Rail News Home High-Speed Rail 10/17/2018 Rail News: High-Speed Rail
image The route will run from Shafter east toward State Route 99 and the existing Union Pacific Railroad tracks before ending in downtown Bakersfield.Photo – California High-Speed Rail Authority

The California High-Speed Rail Authority's (CHSRA) board yesterday certified the final supplemental environmental impact report (EIR) for the Fresno-to-Bakersfield section of the state's plan to build a high-speed rail line between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The board also approved a high-speed rail alignment between Poplar Avenue in Kern County and the F Street station in downtown Bakersfield. The moves enable CHSRA to take additional steps toward advancing major work on the overall project, agency officials said in a news release.

...
Continue reading

CSX reports 'strong performance' in Q3

CSX Corp. yesterday reported third-quarter net earnings jumped 95 percent to $894 million, or $1.05 per share, from $459 million, or 51 cents per share, in the same period a year ago. The per-share earnings beat analysts' estimates for the quarter.

CSX's operating ratio of 58.7 percent set a company third-quarter record. A year ago, CSX posted a third-quarter operating ratio of 68.4 percent.

...
Continue reading

CSX reports 'strong performance' in Q3

CSX Corp. yesterday reported third-quarter net earnings jumped 95 percent to $894 million, or $1.05 per share, from $459 million, or 51 cents per share, in the same period a year ago. The per-share earnings beat analysts' estimates for the quarter.

CSX's operating ratio of 58.7 percent set a company third-quarter record. A year ago, CSX posted a third-quarter operating ratio of 68.4 percent.

...
Continue reading

Severe weather, proposed tariffs generate uncertainty among tie suppliers

Wood-tie suppliers began 2018 with inventories below optimal levels to meet demand, said Railway Tie Association’s Jim Gauntt.Photo – Gross & Janes Co.

By Daniel Niepow, Associate Editor

...
Continue reading

Contact Us

VISIT US

35505 Cooper Road
Brookshire, TX 77423
View a Map of Our Location

OUR HOURS

Monday - Friday
8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday - Sunday
CLOSED

TALK TO US

Phone
281.392.4850

CONNECT WITH US