THREE people were killed and more than 70 injured when an Amtrak Cascades train derailed on December 18 while traversing a curve leading onto a bridge over Interstate 5 highway southwest of Tacoma, Washington state, sending a locomotive and passenger coaches crashing onto the highway below.
INCREASING capacity through track quadrupling most sections and upping the frequency of regional and inter-city trains is at the heart of the United States’ Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) new recommended vision for the Northeast Corridor (NEC) released on December 16.
Private concessionaire FCCA, which has been operating and maintaining the world's second-highest railway in Peru since 1999, has invested heavily in both the infrastructure and its fleet. As Keith Fender reports, from Peru, this is now paying off as freight traffic has more than doubled and the railway is making an operating profit.
The North American crude by rail (CBR) market is facing the combined challenges of falling demand due to reductions in oil prices and the introduction of new wagon safety standards. William Vantuono, editor-in-chief of IRJ's North American sister publication Railway Age, and Railway Age contributing editors David Thomas and David Nahass, trace CBR's evolution and consider its future prospects.
Positive Train Control has been a generational challenge for the US freight railways consuming billions of dollars and millions of man hours in the race to reach the federally-mandated deadline for implementation, which is just two months away. However, with the programme well behind schedule there is still considerable uncertainty over what will happen after the clock strikes midnight on December 31, as Keith Barrow explains.