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If things are so bad in the rail-car leasing industry, why are so many jumping in?. Information For Rail Career Professionals From Progressive Railroading Magazine

Rail News Home Mechanical February 2017 Rail News: Mechanical Commentary: If things are so bad in the rail-car leasing industry, why are so many jumping in? By Richard Kloster The last year and a half hasn’t been very kind to rail-car fleets or their owners, particularly the leased fleets. Carload volumes have been depressed in…

Union Pacific aims to drive innovation by empowering employees to use idea-sharing software

Rail News Home Mechanical March 2017 Rail News: Mechanical Union Pacific aims to drive innovation by empowering employees to use idea-sharing software A major, or Big I-type, innovation UP is pursuing is Machine Vision. Installed across track, a Machine Vision portal includes cameras and sensors (as shown) to inspect a passing train. Photo – Union…

On-board monitoring systems. Information For Rail Career Professionals From Progressive Railroading Magazine

Rail News Home Mechanical April 2017 Rail News: Mechanical Technology update: On-board monitoring systems Amsted's IONX solution includes intelligent self-powered wireless devices, such as sensors employing edge analytics. Amsted Rail Amsted Rail’s IONX® has been working to create smarter trains by developing technology to monitor rail cars and communicate the results to the cloud or…

Passenger-rail locomotive builders pilot new technologies in a stable marketplace

Rail News Home Mechanical May 2017 Rail News: Mechanical Passenger-rail locomotive builders pilot new technologies in a stable marketplace Alstom’s iLint multiple unit is the world’s first train to run on a hydrogen powered cell, the company says. Photo – Alstom/Michael Wittwer By Daniel Niepow, Associate Editor Suppliers often face uncertainty in the passenger-rail locomotive…

Railroads stress better practices, new technologies to cut fuel consumption

Rail News Home Mechanical July 2017 Rail News: Mechanical Railroads stress better practices, new technologies to cut fuel consumption In 2014, Krusinski Construction Co. built a fueling station for CN at Kirk Yard in Gary, Ind. Since 1995, the Class I has improved its fuel efficiency 36 percent while achieving record traffic growth. Photo –…

CP, rail-car market updates were bright spots at Midwest shipper association’s summer meeting

Rail News Home Mechanical July 2017 Rail News: Mechanical CP, rail-car market updates were bright spots at Midwest shipper association's summer meeting The summer meeting held July 10 and 11 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, drew record attendance. Photo – Jeff Stagl By Jeff Stagl, Managing EditorMidwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) leaders have noticed a…

Class Is won’t be acquiring many rail cars or locomotives this year. Information For Rail Career Professionals From Progressive Railroading Magazine

Rail News Home Mechanical August 2017 Rail News: Mechanical Fleet Stats 2017: Class Is won't be acquiring many rail cars or locomotives this year So far in 2017, CSX has idled more than 26,000 rail cars as part of an operational review and transition to a new scheduled operating plan. Photo – CSX By Jeff…

Where did the momentum go? — analysis by Richard Kloster. Information For Rail Career Professionals From Progressive Railroading Magazine

Rail News Home Mechanical August 2017 Rail News: Mechanical Rail-car outlook: Where did the momentum go? — analysis by Richard Kloster Richard Kloster is senior vice president and chief commercial officer of AllTranstek LLC, a private transportation consulting company that provides fleet management, technical and strategic consulting to the rail industry. In conjunction with FTR…

Locomotive manufacturers focus on modernization work as demand for units dwindles

Rail News Home Mechanical January 2018 Rail News: Mechanical Locomotive manufacturers focus on modernization work as demand for units dwindles For Progress Rail, 2017 was a “robust year” for remanufacturing and modernization work, company officials said. Photo – Progress Rail By Daniel Niepow, Associate Editor U.S. rail traffic in 2017 was a mixed bag. In…

Suppliers showcase a range of offerings to help railroads boost safety. Information For Rail Career Professionals From Progressive Railroading Magazine

Rail News Home Mechanical September 2017 Rail News: Mechanical Rail safety technology: Suppliers showcase a range of offerings to help railroads boost safety Compiled by Daniel Niepow, Associate Editor Rail safety has come a long way over the past few decades. In 1981, there were nearly 9,500 car-train collisions at grade crossings in the United…