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AAR Smartbrief June 23rd 2014

June 23, 2014



AAR SmartBrief


news coverage of the railroad industry



Industry Update

AAR joins IANA in creating education sessions for expo
The Association of American Railroads and the Intermodal Association of North America are partnering to create training sessions for the Intermodal EXPO 2014 in September. "AAR is pleased to be a part of the 2014 Intermodal EXPO," said AAR President and CEO Edward Hamberger. "The future of intermodal rail is enormous, both in traditional transcontinental markets and in short- and middle-distance lanes." ProgressiveRailroading.com (6/20)

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Loss of caboose highlights march of technology on the rails

Red Caboose


Modern trains are "technological marvels" that long ago automated safety and braking tasks once performed manually by the caboose, according to this piece. The caboose became obsolete when the Flashing Rear-End Device came into being in the 1980s. "[W]ith trackside defect detectors ... there is no longer a need for train crews to ride the end of the train to monitor the train's vitals," said Robin Chapman, a Norfolk Southern spokesman. The Roanoke Times (Va.) (6/22)

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Infrastructure & Economic Spotlight

Fed downwardly revises a forecast yet again
The U.S. Federal Reserve's latest downward revision in its yearly U.S. economic growth forecast is nothing new, Pedro Nicolaci da Costa writes. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Real Time Economics blog (6/20)

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CN, UP, NS work with Ford to transport new, tall van

Ford transit van

(Matt Cardy/ Getty Images)

Canadian National, Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern worked with Ford to modify 350-plus rail cars to accommodate a new Ford Transit van that is 110.1 inches tall. The new cars have raised top decks that allow up to seven Transit vans to fit on lower decks. Detroit Free Press (6/23)

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Energy & Environmental Watch

New GE Evolution offer low emissions, long lifespan
General Electric's latest generation locomotive will have a minimum lifespan of 20 years and produce 70% fewer emissions than current models, according to this article. The locomotive has "250 sensors that pull in 150,000 data points per minute," which turns it into a "rolling power plant," according to Richard Simpson, a GE vice president. GE's Texas facilities will sell its newest Evolution models to BNSF and Union Pacific this year. CNET (6/21)

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Safety & Security

CSX police monitor the rails

Police Patch


Thomas McDaniel dreamed of working in law enforcement since he was a child. Now that dream is being fulfilled in his role as a CSX Po­lice De­part­ment special agent. "There's a little under 200 of us, but that's spread out through 23 different states and 21,000 miles of track," McDaniel said. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (6/22)

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