July 2021 Editorial Lineup
July Cover Story:
Amtrak's 50th Anniversary
Since May 1, 1971, Amtrak has provided national intercity passenger-rail service across the United States. Fifty years later, the railroad is pursuing plans to modernize and upgrade its fleet to include new trainsets for the Midwest and high-speed rail trains for the Northeast Corridor; rebuild century-old rail tunnels and other infrastructure; and expand service by building new or improved rail corridors in over 25 states. Senior Associate Editor Julie Sneider examines the national passenger railroad's history in the context of its future. She also talks with Amtrak President Stephen Gardner.
Communications & Signaling Special Section:
The 2021-22 C&S Product Information Directory
Moving rail cars and locomotives through yards and across country quickly is critical to increasing rail efficiency and controlling operating costs, so railroads are always in search of new devices, software and data systems for signaling, communications and railway automation. From advanced train control and alarm systems to wire and cable accessories, Progressive Railroading's C&S Product Information Directory is a single-source reference for railroaders seeking communications and signaling technology information, this annual directory includes a comprehensive buyer's guide that features listings in more than 30 C&S product categories.
This month, suppliers of grinding and related equipment share information on their current offerings — from software-powered units that generate custom machine pattern configurations in real time to compact track-mounted machines to turnkey switch and crossing rail grinding services. The aim: provide the optimal wheel-rail contact while prolonging track life.
Fuel consumes a considerable portion of railroads' budgets. For freight and passenger roads, finding ways to reduce fuel usage is a top priority. What types of solutions do railroads have at their disposal these days? A sampling of technology providers share information on their latest wares — be they idle-reduction technologies, engine performance enhancement options, energy management systems and/or an array of analytics tools.
Note: All editorial topics are subject to change without notice.