Trains August 2018


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london debuts automated commuter trains

Travelers on London’s newly modernized Thameslink route will soon be on trains operated by onboard computers rather than the engineer. The route, which crosses London from north to south and has been operating since the early 1990s, will be capable of handling 24 trains each way per hour beginning next year. More intensive services began May 20 as part of a huge schedule change that has seen almost every train in southeast England change its times — thousands of trains daily. The Thameslink network consists of 50- to 120-mile-long routes connecting regional cities via the central section in London. The automatic train operation system works with the positive train control system in the central area. The London project is the first time anywhere in the world that commuter rail trains using modern…

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rail milling debut set for 2019

Rail milling will come to North America by the end of 2019, say representatives of Austria-based rail milling service supplier LINMAG and Austria-and-Switzerland-based Rhomberg Sersa. The announcement came during a question and answer session at the Wheel Rail Interaction conference held in Chicago April 30 to May 3. Richard Stock, milling technology manager for LINMAG, says that the companies have an order with LINMAG sister corporation Linsinger for a SF02T-FS rail milling machine similar to one already in use in Asia. LINMAG and Rhomberg Sersa are purchasing the machine jointly for what would be the first rail milling machine in North America. Milling machines are common in Europe and use carbide-tooth wheels to literally shave or chip rails to remove microscopic cracks, spalls, and shells caused by rolling contact fatigue and other phenomena.…

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hunter’s cp legacy

Canadian Pacific Railway was the industry’s dog back in 2011. Take away its 2007 acquisition of regional Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern, and for five years CP’s revenue had been sinking. Cash was running low, so CP deferred maintenance. And service suffered amid a revolving door of chief operating officers. CP’s back-of-the-pack operating ratio was nearly 18 points behind its rival, industry-leading Canadian National. Despite being saddled with higher costs, CP had to discount its rates in order to hang on to customers. Even that didn’t work. CP continued losing traffic to CN, which provided faster, more consistent service despite longer routes linking Vancouver with Chicago, Toronto, and Montreal. CP’s transit times were, on average, twice as long as CN’s. CP’s largest shareholders were becoming impatient — and with good reason. They watched…

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few flowers for class i gensets

Gensets have made their mark on the railroad industry in the last 15 years they’ve been in service. They have been scattered to almost every corner, from Class I railroads to regionals and short lines and to lease fleets. Beyond domestic production, the concept has spread to other continents. Gensets were designed to fill a need for Union Pacific and BNSF to achieve a lower fleetwide average for nitrogen oxide emissions in the South Coast Air Basin in Southern California, where an air-pollution agreement was developed in the 1990s. Depending on how gensets were purchased (with public subsidies or not), low-emission locomotives could offset other locomotives with higher emissions. UP chose to purchase outright, while BNSF elected to keep larger numbers of newer road locomotives in the region that allowed them…

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foote: service will lift traffic

CSX Transportation CEO Jim Foote touted his railroad’s operational and financial improvements at an investor conference on May 31. Foote says that traffic volume growth will accompany increasing service reliability. “We’re in the early stages of a turnaround and making great progress toward our goals right now,” Foote told investors. CSX boasted the industry’s lowest first-quarter operating ratio, Foote noted, and is hauling the same amount of tonnage using roughly 1,000 fewer locomotives than it did a year ago. It’s proof, Foote says, that Precision Scheduled Railroading can work in the East on a spaghetti-bowl network such as CSX. While CSX’s key operating metrics — including average velocity and terminal dwell — are at all-time records, Foote says the railroad needs to boost on-time performance. “Our on-time arrivals aren’t where they should be,” Foote says. CSX…

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spring into texas

LOCATION: The sprawling Houston metro area has a variety of train-watching hot spots. If you are a fan of the Union Pacific and Texas small-town flair, the northwestern Houston area known as Spring is ideal. Home to a yard and a wye serving two main lines that are surrounded by public property for easy viewing, the community of Spring is just minutes up Interstate 45 from downtown Houston. If you’re on a layover and feeling adventurous, Spring is just northwest of the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, too. TRAIN-WATCHING: The action here is all Union Pacific. The community surrounds UP’s Lloyd Yard, a massive facility that extends from just south of Spring Junction in the Old Town section of the community several miles south. North of Lloyd Yard, the Palestine Subdivision heads…