September 18-21, 2011,
marks the dates for Railway Interchange 2011, as Minneapolis hosts the first
North American event combining the technical conferences of AREMA (American
Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association) and CMA (Coordinated
Mechanical Associations), as well as the exhibits of RSI (Railway Supply
Institute), REMSA (Railway Engineering & Maintenance Suppliers
Association), and RSSI (Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc.).
Clean-up work on the
upper reach of the Whitefish River will have a completely different look this
year, as BNSF continues to remove sediments contaminated by diesel spilled at
the railroad's locomotive refueling station, the Whitefish Pilot
in Norfolk, Va., are working to make sure people are safe when the Light Rail
starts running, local media report. Preventing a crash between a Light Rail
train and a vehicle is what the city of Norfolk and HRT wants to work to
prevent before the trains roll across the tracks.
Network Rail has awarded
the Thameslink core area resignaling contract to Invensys Rail. On completion,
the project will provide a significant increase in route capacity, allowing 24
trains per hour to run from Loughborough Junction in the south, through central
London and on to Kentish Town in the north
LTK Engineering Services appointed
Michael A. Tagaras manager, South Central Region, based in Dallas. Tagaras has
served as manager for the firm's South Texas area based in Houston and the New
England area based in Boston. He has also held project management positions
with several equipment suppliers and brings more than 21 years experience in
transportation systems including commuter rail, heavy rail, light rail,
streetcars, DMU, fare systems and BRT.
Metrolinx continues to move forward its bold 5 in 10 Plan, a vision to improve transit in Toronto, with the C$54-million contract with Lovat Inc. to purchase four tunnel-boring machines (TBMs) for the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit project.
Wabtec Corporation has
completed the acquisition of G&B Specialties, Inc., from Global Railway
Industries Ltd. for about $35 million. On July 14, Wabtec said that it had
signed an agreement to acquire G&B Specialties and Bach-Simpson Corporation
from Global Railway Industries for about $45 million. The Bach-Simpson
acquisition is expected to be completed by Oct. 31. Wabtec expects the
transactions to be accretive in the first year.
The National Transportation
Safety Board determined that last year's fatal collision of two Washington
Metropolitan Area Transit Authority trains on the Red Line in
Washington, D.C., was a failure of the track circuit modules that caused the
automatic train control system to lose detection of one train, allowing a
second train to strike it from the rear. The NTSB also cited WMATA for its
failure to ensure that a verification test developed after a 2005 incident near
Rosslyn station was used system-wide. This test would have identified the
faulty track circuit before the accident.
Union Pacific employees achieved the
best first-half-of-the-year safety performance in company history. For the
period January 1 through June 30, Union Pacific's employee reportable injury
rate was 1.31, a nearly 10 percent improvement over the previous company best
1.45 reportable rate for the first six months of 2009. Union Pacific's employee
injury rate improved 50 percent from 2001 to 2009.