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Trains January 2020

TRAINS IS THE #1 MAGAZINE AMONG RAILROAD ENTHUSIASTS! EACH ISSUE IS PACKED WITH PROBING FEATURES, RAILROAD NEWS, EXPERT COMMENTARY, CUTTING-EDGE INDUSTRY REPORTS, DETAILED MAPS AND SPECTACULAR PHOTOGRAPHY COVERING RAILROADING’S INFLUENTIAL HISTORY AND EXCITING FUTURE.

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2 min.
our 80th birthday, two good journalists

It’s Trains’ 80th anniversary in 2020, and we’re celebrating in many ways. We have great people news, and amazing content news, as well. First off, the people: Associate Editor David Lassen, who came to us five years ago, is now Senior Editor, a title he has certainly earned. The editor of our popular featured map and some of our biggest feature stories, he also edits passenger columnist Bob Johnston and captains our news pages. He pitches in with our daily online News Wire at TrainsMag.com. As senior editor, he’ll continue to do these tasks, curate features, and he’ll also honcho the winter special issue that we do. In 2020, that’s a compilation of our best maps. In the past, that’s meant a deep look at Chicago railroads. Meanwhile, with Fred W.…

1 min.
trains

Editor Jim Wrinn Design Director Thomas G. Danneman Production Editor Angela Pusztai-Pasternak Senior Editor David Lassen Associate Editor Brian Schmidt Digital Editor Steve Sweeney Editorial Assistant Diane Laska-Swanke Assistant Design Director Scott M. Krall Graphic Designer Samantha Primuth Lead Illustrator Rick Johnson Production Specialist Sue Hollinger-Klahn Librarian Thomas Hoffmann Columnists Brian Solomon, Bill Stephens Correspondents Roy Blanchard, Michael W. Blaszak, Al DiCenso, Hayley Enoch, Justin Franz, Steve Glischinski, Chase Gunnoe, Chris Guss, Scott A. Hartley, Bob Johnston, Kevin P. Keefe, David Lustig Contributing Illustrator Bill Metzger TRAINS.COM Executive Producer A. David Popp Producer Kent Johnson CUSTOMER SERVICE phone: (877) 246-4843 Outside the U.S. and Canada: (903) 636-1125 Customer Service: customerservice@TrainsMagazine.info ADVERTISING SALES Advertising Sales Representative Mike Yuhas phone: (888) 558-1544, ext. 625 email: adsales@trainsmag.com EDITORIAL phone: (262) 796-8776 email: editor@trainsmag.com fax: (262) 798-6468 P.O. Box 1612 Waukesha, WI 53187-1612 Founder A.C. Kalmbach, 1910-1981 SELLING TRAINS MAGAZINE OR PRODUCTS IN YOUR STORE: phone: 800-558-1544 Outside U.S. and…

6 min.
michael cahill

MICHAEL CAHILL, Siemens Rolling Stock North America president, recently celebrated his 30th anniversary with the company, which has landed major contracts with Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada, among other orders. He has been primarily stationed in Sacramento, Calif., site of a 60-acre rail manufacturing facility, since 1999. Q What do business conditions look like right now for Siemens Rolling Stock? A Our business is going pretty well. We have been busy in selling new equipment, but also in building equipment for which we had orders on hand. In general, I think across the industry there seems to be a renewed interest in trains, which is always good for us. Q How busy is the Sacramento manufacturing facility? A We have quite a backlog in the facility here, which is wonderful. In the facility that…

1 min.
ptc issues continue for new york-area commuter lines

NEW YORK-AREA COMMUTER RAILROADS continue to struggle with positive train control, with at least one agency being told publicly that it may not have implementation complete by the Dec. 31, 2020, deadline. That possibility was raised at an Oct. 21 Metropolitan Transportation Authority meeting, when a consultant estimated the chance PTC would be complete on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North at 60-65%. While Siemens and Bombardier, who form the consortium installing PTC for the two railroads, would face financial liability up to $100 million for a missed deadline, the operational impact remains unclear. Software issues have pushed back revenue service testing between New York Penn Station and Harold Interlocking in Queens from July 2020 to October, leaving just three months to complete implementation. Long Island Rail Road President Phil Eng told Trains…

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news briefs

A report by the AMTRAK OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL says the company could see annual benefits of up to $12.1 million in savings and revenue by improving overall on-time performance by just 5%, and up to $41.9 million annually if trains reached an average on-time rate of 75%. Amtrak welcomed the report as an indication of the “significant financial consequences” when host railroads delay passenger trains. Here, the Empire Builder passes the village of Golf, Ill., north of Chicago. Trains: David Lassen BNSF RAILWAY can continue a test of unmanned track geometry cars in the Powder River Basin following a federal appeals court ruling in Washington, D.C. The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division union sought to overturn Federal Railroad Administration approval of BNSF’s plan reducing the number of manual…

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dot advances plan to permit lng moves by tank car

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT is moving forward with a plan to allow liquefied natural gas to move by rail, publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking on Oct. 18 The proposal by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration would allow LNG to move by rail in DOT-113 tank cars. Liquefied natural gas can currently move by truck, or by rail only in a portable tank with approval by the FRA. A DOT press release noted the DOT-113 cars are designed for transportation of refrigerated liquefied gases, and their use is allowed for the transportation of other flammable materials. “This design specification may be similarly suitable for the transportation of refrigerated liquid methane,” the release states. The proposal, a response to an April 2019 executive order…