Trains November 2019


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2 min
ask trains

Q Why did some railroads use rotary beacons atop their diesels? — Nathan Penn, Monmouth, Ill. A Starting in the steam era, railroads equipped their locomotives with a variety of auxiliary lights for grade-crossing safety. Collisions with cars, trucks, and pedestrians are expensive and disruptive to operations, so railroads often seek to improve safety above and beyond what is legally required. Some beacons actually rotated, but many had four bulbs that flashed in a circular pattern to simulate a rotating effect. Other railroads used strobe lights on cab roofs. In the 1990s, the Federal Railroad Administration commissioned a study to find the most effective light setup for preventing grade-crossing collisions. Steady ditch lights, flashing ditch lights, and strobes were all rated for effectiveness, cost, maintenance, and other concerns. Conrail, Norfolk Southern, Burlington Northern, and…

1 min
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4 min
‘acela nonstop’ Blog: Podcast: There’s an undeniable thrill to be gliding along at 150 mph on well-polished steel rails, watching the scenery unfurl like a rolling panorama. High speed trains have the opportunity to deliver passengers swiftly, in comfort, and with few cumbersome boarding procedures. You don’t need to arrive at a station more than an hour before you travel. When the train comes into the platform, you board, and it goes. Soon you are zipping along. But then the brakes are applied, and the train slows for a station. For several minutes you gaze out at the platform as time ticks by as the train waits and your average point-to-point speed gradually worsens. Being able to fly along is great, but with time lost slowing for the station, the stop itself, and…

3 min
bnsf takes to the sky to gather data

IN THE EARLY DAYS OF RAILROADING, the only way to inspect the right-of-way to ensure safe passage of a coming train was on the ground. Sectionmen would be given a handcar and told to learn a certain section of track like the back of their hand. Later on, as motorized speeders and hi-rail trucks replaced the handcar, the sectionmen’s territory expanded, but for the most part, it was still a job best done at the ground level. BNSF Railway has changed all that. Since 2015, the railroad has been using drones to take detailed photos of the tracks along three different subdivisions that can later be analyzed by computers to find defects, such as broken rails or ballast fouling. “We have paved a path forward not just for other railroads but for utility…

3 min
transit gets into big data

A SUBWAY TRAIN pulls into a busy station at rush hour and comes to a stop. The doors slide open and hundreds of commuters pile onto the train. About 30 seconds later, the doors slide shut as the train prepares to leave the station — all of the doors except one. The train is stuck in the station until a maintainer can fix the door. Minutes pass and commuters on this train — and several other trains that are stacking up down the line and cannot continue their journey — are getting anxious. Soon, a large section of the system is running behind and hundreds, if not thousands of commuters are delayed — all because of a door. In May 2018, 53 Bay Area Rapid Transit trains were delayed because of jammed…

23 min
who shot the boxcar?

TRY TO IMAGINE 16,132 freight trains, each with 75 cars, just simply vanishing. It seems implausible, right? Yet that’s precisely the amount of merchandise traffic that CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern have lost in total since 2000. The slow, steady erosion of merchandise business is most apparent in the East, where CSX and NS operate in the most truck-competitive arena in North America. It’s no less a problem for the rest of the industry. Consider this: Overall rail traffic peaked in 2006. Since then, U.S. economic output is up more than 50%, industrial production has surged, and trucks gained 40% more tonnage. Yet carload traffic — defined as everything that’s not intermodal or coal — is up just 1.6%. No matter how you look at it, carload volume is not keeping pace. Outside of…