STB chairman critical of Wall Street influence on railroads, questions need for mergers

A Union Pacific train heads west out of downtown Chicago through Metra’s Kedzie station. The chairman of the Surface Transportation Board is expressing concern about railroading changes brought by Wall Street, but UP says it has demonstrated its ability to perform in the current environment. (Trains: David Lassen) View article in its entirety at the Trains.com. — … Continue reading STB chairman critical of Wall Street influence on railroads, questions need for mergers

Have the lessons of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic train disaster been learned?

View article in its entirety at the National Observer. — Author: Bruce S. Cambell July 6, 2020, is the seventh anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster, which killed 47 people and orphaned 26 children, spilled an unprecedented six million litres of explosive Bakken shale oil, and incinerated the centre of this Québec town. It was … Continue reading Have the lessons of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic train disaster been learned?

FRA’s Own Report Blows Hole in Arguments Against Two-Person Freight Crews

View article in its entirety at Sheet Metal|Air|Rail|Transportation (SMART). — Jeremy R. Ferguson - President, Transportation Division The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in a 41-page report released Jan. 13th by its Office of Research, Development and Technology said what railroaders already know. Researchers at the Volpe Center over a period of years performed cognitive task analyses … Continue reading FRA’s Own Report Blows Hole in Arguments Against Two-Person Freight Crews

December 2019 FRA Research Results and Technical Reports

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published the following listing of Research Results and/or Technical Reports in December 2019: Wheel Bearing Brake/Instrumented Wheelset Friction Characterization Study Analysis of Non-Track-Circuit Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Train Detection Technologies Monitoring Engineer Fatigue (MEFA) Using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to Produce Accurate Grade Crossing Profile Data Human Factors Evaluation of an Experimental … Continue reading December 2019 FRA Research Results and Technical Reports