Progressive Railroading October 2019 Editorial Lineup
CSX's Transformative Journey
A new leadership team has refined objectives. A first-ever chief strategy officer is in place. Precision scheduled railroading is immersed throughout the organization. There have been a lot of changes at CSX since former leader E. Hunter Harrison died in late 2017 and James Foote assumed control of the Class I in early 2018, and more are expected. Positive train control will be fully implemented sometime early next year, well before the federal end-of-2020 deadline.
The railroad is undergoing what the leadership team characterizes as a transformation of the organizational, cultural and digital kinds.
What are the main components of the transformation? How will they change CSX for the better? Why is such a metamorphosis necessary? What will it take to be truly transformed? And how long?
For answers, Managing Editor Jeff Stagl talks with Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Kathleen Brandt, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Diana Sorfleet and other high-ranking CSX executives.
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Progressive Railroading's 18th Annual Passenger Rail at a Glance
As North American transit agencies attempt to accommodate ridership growth and maintain a state of good repair in a precarious funding environment, they continue to invest in passenger rail — whether it means purchasing modern equipment/new technology, replacing aging infrastructure or building new lines.
What types of projects are agencies investing in? Who's investing in rolling stock? What are their annual operating costs? Capital costs? It's all in "Passenger Rail at a Glance," our annual report on transit agency facts and figures. The 2019 edition details current and proposed capital projects from more than two dozen of the continent's largest transit agencies.
PTC Update — Freight Railroads
Freight railroads have a little more than a year to finish implementing positive train control (PTC) by the federal end-of-2020 deadline. A few Class Is — such as BNSF Railway Co. and CSX — expect to complete their work well before then, while others will need all of 2020 to wrap up PTC installations. What still needs to be done? Are there any remaining hang ups or concerns? We check in with several Class Is to find out.
Surfacing & Tamping Equipment
Tamping and surfacing help maintenance-of-way (MOW) crews roads boost track stability, and in turn, help railroads operate more safely and efficiently. This month, surfacing and tamping equipment providers share information on their latest offerings.
Track Geometry Technology
Suppliers continue to develop efficient and cost-effective tools to measure and inspect track geometry. What's new in the world of track-recording geometry cars and equipment? A sampling of suppliers tell us what's available these days.
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