NTSB Boots Union from Metro-North Investigation, Fox Reports

December 4, 2013 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has booted a union from the investigation into a fatal Metro-North crash in the Bronx on Sunday, Fox News reported. According to the report, the NTSB booted the Association of Commuter Rail Employees (ACRE) after a representative indicated engineer William Rockefeller “nodded” off just before the train derailed. The Manhattan-bound Metro-North train was traveling 82 mph as it took a curve just north of the Spuyten Duyvil station that had a speed limit of 30 mph, according to various media reports. Four people were killed and more than 60 injured in the derailment. “He

Siemens, Cummins Team Up on New Diesel Electric Passenger Locomotive

December 4, 2013 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

Siemens Rail Systems and Cummins are partnering on a new passenger locomotive the companies say will be one of the most energy-efficient and lightweight diesel electric locomotives available today in North America. The new American-made diesel electric locomotives will incorporate Cummins new QSK95 diesel engines. The result, the companies say will be a more reliable and more energy-efficient ride. The new locomotives will also deploy a new engine after-treatment system aimed at delivering a cleaner ride with better air quality and reduced emission rates. The locomotive was developed with passenger and crew safety top-of-mind, the companies said. This “announcement acknowledges

Conversation Turns to Positive Train Control Following Metro-North Crash

December 3, 2013 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

With the revelation the engineer of the Metro-North train that crashed Sunday in the Bronx and killed four people might have zoned out just before the crash, the conversation has turned toward the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC). The train, which originated in Poughkeepsie, was due to arrive at Grand Central Terminal at 7:43 a.m., was traveling 82 m.p.h. as it took a curve with a speed limit of 30 m.p.h., according to various media reports. In addition to the four deaths, more than 60 others were injured when the Manhattan-bound Metro-North train derailed at about 7:20 a.m. just north

Metro-North Train Speeding at Time of Crash, NTSB Says

December 2, 2013 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

The Metro-North train that crashed Sunday in the Bronx and left four people dead was traveling 82 m.p.h. as it took a curve with a speed limit of 30 m.p.h., various media reported today. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating whether human error or brake failure is to blame, The Associated Press reported. But, the NTSB said on Twitter there “were 9 station stops prior to the derailment. We are not aware of any prior issues with the brakes.” “The zone leading up to that curve is 70 miles per hour and yes, there was an excess of speed,”

Train Derailment Kills 4 in New York

December 1, 2013 Voice of America 0

A train carrying more than 100 passengers derailed in New York early Sunday, killing four people and injuring more than 60. Officials say 11 of the injured passengers were in critical condition. All seven cars on the Metro-North train derailed on a curved section of track in the Bronx. The front train car slid far from the track and came to a stop just before entering the Hudson River. Emergency officials say three of the fatalities were believed to have been thrown out of the train during the accident. Rescue workers found one of the fatalities inside the train. Emergency

Four Killed, 40 Injured Following Metro-North Derailment in the Bronx

December 1, 2013 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

At least four people were killed and 40 more were injured when a Manhattan-bound Metro-North train derailed just north of the Spuyten Duyvil station, according to various media reports. Five of the train’s seven cars derailed, according to The New York Post. The train may have been traveling too fast when it took a tight curve at about 7:20 a.m., the newspaper’s report suggested. The train, which originated in Poughkeepsie, was due to arrive at Grand Central Terminal at 7:43 a.m. All traffic on the Hudson Line has been suspended, according to USA Today. “I was at my desk at

With No Funding, No Rail Link to Orlando Airport, Newspaper Reports

November 27, 2013 Todd DeFeo 0

It will be at least five years before SunRail trains connect with Orlando International Airport because there is no source of funding for the estimated $100 million it will cost to build the connection, the Orlando Sentinel newspaper reported. Despite that, SunRail officials are looking at a Orlando Utilities Commission-owned spur, which runs alongside airport property and could be expanded to two tracks, as a possibility for a rail link between the airport and the commuter rail system, the newspaper reported. “This is a startup commuter-rail system. It’s going to evolve over time,” the newspaper quoted Steve Olson, a spokesman

MARTA looking to expand along Ga. Highway 400 corridor

August 29, 2013 Todd DeFeo 0

ATLANTA — The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is looking to expand its system to include “high-capacity transit” along a major thoroughfare into the city’s northern suburbs. Transit options for the 12-mile corridor along Ga. Highway 400, according to a notice published in the Federal Register, could include bus or rail. While MARTA officials have looked to expand the city’s subway system, new tracks haven’t been brought into service since 2000. “MARTA has identified an alignment that would provide approximately 11.9 miles of transit service along the GA 400 corridor within existing right-of-way from the existing North Springs MARTA

Design Unveiled for Futuristic Transport Hyperloop

August 14, 2013 Voice of America 0

Imagine being able to travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in about 30 minutes — in half the time that it now takes to fly the nearly 650-kilometer distance. That is the idea announced Monday by entrepreneur Elon Musk. The “Hyperloop” would use a large tube. Inside, capsules would float on air, traveling at more than 1,100 kilometers per hour. The air would be sucked by a powerful fan at the front and expelled at the rear. The system is not unlike the pneumatic tubes that transport capsules stuffed with paperwork in older buildings. Musk is the visionary behind

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