Archive for February 2018

Ontario releases hydrogen-powered train study

(Source: Progressive Railroading 02/27/2018) The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has released a report on the technical and economic feasibility of using hydrogen-powered trains to electrify GO Transit‘s rail service. The study determined that it would be feasible to use hydrogen fuel cell technology as an alternative to traditional overhead wires. The lifetime cost of building and operating the hydrogen-powered system…

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Drone experts tout the technology’s potential to boost rail efficiency, security

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/2017) — By Daniel Niepow, Associate Editor For years, railroads have been exploring automation to help improve overall operations. To that end, they’ve invested in a host of new technologies, such as Machine Vision, predictive analytics and driverless train systems — to name just a few examples. The next chapter in the rail…

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Two-thirds of U.S. commuter railroads may not meet PTC deadline: report

(Source: Reuters, February 28, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. — As many as two-thirds of the 29 U.S. commuter railroads may not meet a deadline to install an anti-crash technology by the end of the year, according to a report by a government watchdog seen by Reuters. The report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office is expected…

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Developers end effort for oil terminal along Columbia River

(Source: Associated Press, February 27, 2018) VANCOUVER, Wash. — A project to build a massive oil-by-rail terminal in southwest Washington officially ended Tuesday when the project’s developers and the Port of Vancouver terminated a lease for a site along the Columbia River. Full story: Longview News-Journal Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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BNSF posts higher revenue, lower operating ratio in 2017

(Source: Progressive Railroading, February 27, 2018) BNSF Railway Co. posted fourth-quarter and full-year operating income of $2 billion and $7.3 billion respectively, an increase of 11 percent and 10 percent, respectively, compared with the same periods in 2016, the Class I reported yesterday. Fourth-quarter revenue rose 6 percent to $5.6 billion, while full-year revenue increased…

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