Loram Technologies, Inc., hosted U.S. Rep. John Carter (R-Tex.; pictured) at a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Global Rail Campus in Georgetown, Tex.

Loram Technologies to Launch Global Rail Campus

Loram Technologies, Inc. on May 3 held a groundbreaking ceremony in Georgetown, Tex., for its new Global Rail Campus, which will comprise a corporate office and facility for the production and manufacture of maintenance-of-way equipment and inspection technologies.

FRA to Railroads: Approval Required for PTC System Outages Under Certain Conditions

Railroads now must seek Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) approval before temporarily disabling their Positive Train Control (PTC) systems during infrastructure upgrades or capital projects, according to a notification in the Federal Register. A previous provision allowing them to just notify FRA of the disablement has expired.

The Norfolk Southern Data Science and Engineering teams were presented with a 2023 Innovation-Driven Company award at the Technology Association of Georgia Technology Awards ceremony on March 29. (NS Photograph)

NS Takes Home Technology Innovation Awards

Norfolk Southern (NS) late last month was presented with 2023 “Innovation-Driven Company” awards from the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) for its rail wear predictive analytics and digital train inspection programs.

Hall Joins PTSI as Route Learning System Project Manager

PTSI Transportation, a transportation management consultancy based in Rutherford NJ, announced that effective immediately, Ms. Em Hall has been appointed Product Manager of its Route Learning System™, and will also serve as Midwest Region Director for the company.

Ian Jefferies, President and CEO, Association of American Railroads

AAR Outlines Key Class I Safety Actions

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) on March 8 reported seven initial steps the Class I railroads are taking “to drive toward a future with zero incidents and zero injuries—one where what

CN is among the Rail Climate Change Adaptation Program award recipients, and will receive C$300,000 to develop a “Climate-Induced Ground Hazard Risk Assessment Tool.” (Photograph Courtesy of CN via Twitter)

Transport Canada Allocates C$5.4MM for Rail Resiliency

Transport Canada is distributing up to C$5.4 million to 20 infrastructure projects country-wide that it says will make railroads “more resilient to extreme weather risks.”

Kawasaki Begins Autonomous Track Fastener Monitoring Test in North America

Kawasaki Track Technologies announced the start of testing of track fastener monitoring technology in North America. This technology, while installed on a locomotive, will capture high resolution pictures and provide the necessary data for Kawasaki to utilize machine learning algorithms to identify potential track fasteners that need to be inspected and repaired.

ENSCO Creates Brazilian Subsidiary

Railway inspection technology supplier ENSCO, Inc. announced Feb. 14 that it has created a new subsidiary, ENSCO Tecnologias do Brasil LTDA, that will serve Brazilian and South American railway customers.

ICC Approves Grade Crossing Projects in Logan, Randolph Counties

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) on Feb. 6 reported signing off on stipulated agreements to improve safety at highway/rail grade crossings in Logan and Randolph counties.

AREMA Railway Roadbed & Ballast Symposium Wraps Up Today

KANSAS CITY, Mo.– After nearly two days of presentations on various aspects of roadbed and ballast maintenance, the program concluded this afternoon.

Jim Blaze photo

Amtrak Requests PTC System Regression Testing Waiver for ACSES II

Amtrak has requested a waiver for regression testing of its certified Positive Train Control system, according to a Federal Register notice published on Feb. 2.

Loram Technologies Acquires Digital Twin for Rail from Sentient Science

Loram Maintenance of Way, a provider of maintenance of way equipment and services, announced the acquisition of the rail business unit of Sentient Science. The products, team, and intellectual property will be managed by Loram Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Loram.

L&T Technology Services Opens Engineering Center in Canada

L&T Technology Services has established a new facility in Toronto.

Plasser American acquires DPR

Plasser American has announced the acquisition of DPR, a rail inspection technology company.

LIRR crews to modernize Queens interlocking

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) crews will complete a signal cutover near Queens Village as part of the modernization of the LIRR during the weekend of Oct. 29 and 30.

TSA issues new cybersecurity requirements for freight and passenger railroads

In an increasingly dangerous cyber world, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued additional cybersecurity directives for U.S. railroads.

NJ Transit’s AquaTrack cleans the rails

NJ Transit has begun its annual battle against leaves on the rails.

Watch: LA Metro opens first segment of K Line

The first segment of the LA Metro K Line opened on Friday, Oct. 7.

Ohio public utilities commission pitches in money for grade crossing improvements

Grade crossing safety improvements are at top of mind for most railroad planners, whether in the government or private sector.

Rail Group On Air: 2022 RT&S Engineer of the Year John Cech

RT&S Managing Editor David Lester talks with the 2022 RT&S Engineer of the Year John Cech from BNSF about challenging projects, the technological movement, what it takes to work in the rail industry, and what it will take to recruit the younger generation.