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NRC Scholarship Program Applications Due August 30

NRC Conference Registration and Hotel Available Now

CTA Awards Contract in Next Phase of Upgrades to Brown and Purple Lines 


CAHSR: Fresno-Bakersfield Segment Approved; Construction Management Contract Awarded to ARCADIS 


Port of New Orleans Contracts Hard Rock Construction for Intermodal Terminal Project 


FRA Amends Rail Failure Prevention Program Guidance from RSAC Working Group


Oklahoma Completes $75M Sale of Railroad Track to Watco's Stillwater Central Railroad 


Washington DOT Contracts ARG Trans to Operate State Owned Line 


Massachusetts Agrees to Purchase Knowledge Corridor from Pan Am Southern 


Pennsylvania Allocates $35M for 39 Freight Rail Projects 


Reading & Northern Lands Pennsylvania Grant to Build $14M Bridge 


USDOT Awards $35M Core Capacity Grant to Improve Service of Chicago's L 


TIGER Grant Agreement Reached for New Hampshire Short Line Project 


Port of Pascagoula Approves Agreement for $14M TIGER Grant 


El Paso MPO Approves $97M for Streetcar Project 


USDOT Announces $1.28B TIFIA Loan for Phase 2 of MWAA/WMATA Silver Line 


Caltrain Approves $43.6M Capital Budget for Infrastructure Improvements 


Pennsylvania's State Transportation Commission Calls for Allocating $63.2B Over 12 Years 


RT&S Interviews Railroad Engineering Departments Regarding MOW Equipment Wish Lists 


RT&S Highlights NRC Members in Ballast Maintenance Feature 


AREMA Names Larry Etherton as Interim Executive Director and CEO 


BNSF Announces Engineering Personnel Changes 


CSX Announces Engineering Personnel Changes 


KCS Names New AVP of Production and Standards 


scholarshipNRC Scholarship Program Applications Due August 30


The NRC Scholarship Program application period is open to children or grandchildren of NRC members. The tuition assistance scholarships are in Memoriam of Vinnie Vaccarello  (former NRC Board Member and Co-President of All Railroad Services Corp.) and Patsy Crisafi (former NRC Safety Committee Member and Executive Vice President of Roadway Worker Training)


AMOUNT OF AWARDS: three scholarships will be awarded as follows: the first place applicant will receive $8,000, the second place applicant will receive $4,000, and the third place applicant will receive $2,000. 


Scholarship funds will be sent directly to the student at the beginning of the next term of study. Students must be in attendance for a full year following receipt of the award.


To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:

  • be a son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter of a current employee of an NRC member company; and
  • be enrolled at the time of application as a full-time college student at an accredited two-year college offering an associate's degree or an accredited college or university offering a bachelor's degree




A complete application and all accompanying materials must be sent via email no later than August 30, 2014 for consideration for the following academic term. Click here to download and view the NRC Scholarship application and criteria.


To make a donation to the NRC Scholarship Program in Memoriam of Vinnie Vaccarello and Patsy Crisafi, please make checks payable to "NRC Scholarship Fund" and send to: NRC, 500 New Jersey Ave, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20001


The NRC thanks past contributors to the Scholarship Program:  

ARS Corp.

Richard J. Zemencik & Nancy L. Zemencik (ARS Corp)

Land Clearing Specialists, Inc.

Roadway Worker Training

Thomas M. Lee & Lyria R. Lee

Van R. Sorrells (Dixie Precast)

William E. Tarvin & Karen L. Tarvin  


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ConferenceNRC Conference Registration and Hotel Available Now  


Registration is open for the NRC Conference & NRC-REMSA Exhibition - January 7-10, 2015 at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida.


Register online now at: or click here to download a pdf registration form.


NRC Membership - Conference registration and exhibit booths rates for NRC members are significantly discounted. If your company is not already a member of the NRC, you may join online at:


Exhibit booths are now available for the NRC-REMSA Exhibition. You can sign up for a booth at: The Exhibition begins Wednesday, January 7 in the evening and ends Friday, January 9 in the morning. Urszula Soucie of REMSA is your contact for all exhibition related questions - you can reach her at 202-715-2921 or


Hotel reservations can be made by calling the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa at 888-627-9057 or going to the following link to reserve online: When making your reservations by phone, be sure to mention that you are with the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Conference in order to receive the discounted room rate starting at $239 per night. This rate expires and our room block is opened for general sale on 12/19/14. This hotel block will most likely sell out long before that, so the sooner you book the better.  


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CTACTA Awards Contract in Next Phase of Upgrades to Brown and Purple Lines  


The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) awarded a $40.3m contract to Kiewit Infrastructure to upgrade track along a section of the Brown and Purple Line as part of the second phase of the $71m Ravenswood Connector rehabilitation project.

Kiewit crews will begin improving track along the connector in the spring, which carries about 700 Brown and Purple Line trains each weekday. The crews will upgrade the track between Armitage and the Merchandise Mart to eliminate slow zones and create a smoother ride.


This project has been in progress for nearly a year. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.


Source: Progressive Railroading 


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CAHSRCAHSR: Fresno-Bakersfield Segment Approved; Contract Awarded to ARCADIS


The Surface Transportation Board (STB) earlier this week approved California's plan for a 114-mile high speed rail line between Fresno and Bakersfield. This segment will be the second phase of the state's larger high-speed rail line that would extend 500 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

The STB's authorization is subject to certain environmental mitigation conditions, including a condition that the authority build the high-speed line designated by the Federal Railroad Administration as the environmentally preferable route.

Separately, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) board awarded a project and construction management contract to ARCADIS U.S. Inc. The contract covers a 60-mile section of rail from Fresno to the Tulare-Kern County line.


The authority is now soliciting bids from construction teams vying for a contract to design and build the segment -- work that the agency estimates will cost $1.5b to $2b. Bids are due in October, with awards projected to be issued by the end of this year.

ARCADIS will work with the authority and the yet-to-be-selected design-build contractor to identify, manage and mitigate project risks and ensure technical and contract requirements are met. Under the contract, ARCADIS could receive up to $71.9m based on actual work performed over a five-year period.

Sources: CAHSR, Progressive Railroading, Mass Transit

PortNewOrleansPort of New Orleans Contracts Hard Rock Construction for Intermodal Terminal Project


The Port of New Orleans Board of Commissioners has awarded a $13.3m contract to Hard Rock Construction L.L.C. for the Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal project.


Scheduled for completion in February 2016, the project calls for constructing a rail yard with 10,000 linear feet of track and five acres of heavy-duty paving for transferring containers at the port, which is served by six Class Is. The rail yard will be reconfigured and modernized into an intermodal container transfer facility (ICTF). Existing rail lines will be removed after new tracks are completed so intermodal service at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal won't be interrupted.


The Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal project's total cost is estimated at $21m including new terminal equipment projected to cost $3.5m and engineering and project management services provided by AECOM.

Source: Progressive Railroading

RSACFRA Amends Rail Failure Prevention Program Guidance from RSAC Working Group


The FRA RSAC Rail Failure Working Group (RFWG) recently developed a consensus document describing an enhanced Rail Failure Prevention Program. The document was approved by the full RSAC on April 15, 2014, and was issued to the industry by FRA Administrator Szabo on August 8, 2014. The intent of this document by the RFWG was to provide the industry with recommended guidance and best practices for proper rail maintenance in an effort to prevent rail failure.

  • To view the FRA's Rail Failure Prevention Guidance Document, click here.
  • To view letters sent from FRA to the heads of APTA, AAR, and ASLRRA, click here.

In the consensus document the RFWG refers to rail maintenance guidance that would include Class 2-5 track, with exclusion for Class 2 and 3 track located entirely within yard limits. After much review and consideration FRA has determined the language excluding Class 2 and 3 tracks within yard limits should be removed from the guidance document. FRA's decision to remove the language results from situations where yard limits would supposedly require the use of Restricted Speed, and that the limitations of Restricted Speed will never allow the train speed to increase above 20 mph. However, for operating purposes, Restricted Speed may only apply until the head-end of a train reaches the far limits.


For example, a train that is operating in yard limits may have 120 cars of crude oil and be on a main track that is Class 3 with a timetable speed of 40 mph. When the head-end reaches the far limits and the train has authority to proceed on the main track beyond yard limits, the train can accelerate to the maximum 40 mph speed even though most of the train is still in the area of yard limits.  Hypothetically, in this situation the rear of the train can be at 40 mph while still on the track that is designated within the yard limits.  


The intent of the guidance is to provide a rail maintenance best practice that would reduce the event of rail failure and possibly catastrophic derailment. FRA feels that it would be detrimental to railroad safety to exclude track where the speed limit exceeded the known speed that can result in a crude oil tank car puncture and possibly cause harm to local citizens. The consensus text and the revised text showing the change are both listed below.


Consensus Text:

  • Class 2 track not within yard limits with annual tonnage of at least 25 MGT, or is a HAZMAT route
  • Class 3 track not within yard limits with annual tonnage of at least 25 MGT, is a HAZMAT route, or has regularly scheduled passenger service
  • Class 4 and 5 track

Revised Text:

  • Class 2 track with allowable speeds over 20 mph and annual tonnage of at least 25 MGT, or in a HAZMAT route
  • Class 3 track with annual tonnage of at least 25 MGT, in a HAZMAT route, or supporting regularly scheduled passenger service
  • Class 4 and 5 track
OklahomaOklahoma Completes $75M Sale of Railroad Track to Watco's Stillwater Central Railroad 


The Oklahoma DOT has completed the $75m sale of nearly 100 miles of railroad track between Sapulpa and Midwest City to Stillwater Central Railroad LLC, which will offer freight service and also plans to introduce passenger rail service connecting the Tulsa suburb to the Oklahoma City suburb.


ODOT Director Mike Patterson and Ed McKechnie, chief commercial officer for Pittsburg, Kansas-based Watco Companies, the parent company of Stillwater Central Railroad, signed the documents completing the sale of the 97.5 mile-stretch of rail, known as the Sooner Sub.


The rail is rated Class 2, which allows speeds of up to 25 mph for freight and up to 30 mph for passenger trains. An upgrade to Class 3 would allow speeds of up to 40 mph for freight and 60 mph for passenger trains, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.

Funds from the sale will be placed, by law, in ODOT's Railroad Maintenance Revolving Fund for safety projects.



washdotARGWashington DOT Contracts ARG Trans to Operate State Owned Line


The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has selected ARG Transportation Services (ARG Trans) to operate a 26-mile, state-owned rail line in central Washington between Othello and Royal City.


The goal is to restore rail service on the line - which hasn't been operated since 1994 - to a portion of Grant County to help farmers get their products to market. ARG Trans will spend six months determining the commercial interest from prospective shippers along the line that currently use a combination of trucking and rail, WSDOT officials said, adding that the line will be reopened if results are favorable.

Source: Progressive Railroading 

MassKnowledgeMassachusetts Agrees to Purchase Knowledge Corridor from Pan Am Southern


Massachusetts officials have agreed in principle to purchase from Pan Am Southern a 49-mile track segment between East Northfield and Springfield. Known as the Knowledge Corridor, the line is undergoing a major restoration that will result in more efficient passenger-rail service and will allow Massachusetts to maintain and enhance freight service.


Work will include upgrades to the 50-mile Pan Am Southern Connecticut River Line between Springfield and East Northfield. The restoration will relocate the Vermonter north-south service to the corridor by year's end, state officials said. This project will include the replacement of 95,000 ties; installation of new continuous-welded rail, new active warning signals and crossing gates at 23 grade crossings; upgrades to six bridges; and the first phase of a new signal installation. The restoration is funded through a $75m grant from the Federal Railroad Administration and $40m in state funds.


The project is expected to be completed in 2016.


Source: Progressive Railroading 

PABudgetPennsylvania Allocates $35.0M for 39 Freight Rail Projects

The State Transportation Commission has approved the allocation of $35.9m for 39 freight-rail projects, including 26 through the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP) and 13 through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP).


Awarded Amount




Allegheny County

36th Street bridge railroad rehabilitation - increasing its weight capacity and reducing a curve on the bridge


Allegheny County

Scully Yard in Crafton Borough- realigning track and constructing 4,460 feet of new track as well as constructing a new turnout to connect track and create a second long track.


Allegheny County

North Bessemer Tunnel- repairing the approaches on the north and south portals to the railroad.


Allegheny County

To construct a rail siding at the Clairton Yard, install track panels and four new turnouts in Clairton Works, install track panels and three new turnouts at the Edgar Thomson Works, and install cross ties, track panels and two new prefabricated turnouts at the Irvin Works.


Allegheny County

Pittsburgh Subdivision- installing 14.5 miles of continuous welded rail.


Armstrong, Butler and Lawrence counties

Between Kittanning and New Castle for restoration of the Chewton siding, providing 9,000 feet of additional siding capacity, to restore the Mosgrove West siding, providing 2,400 feet of additional siding capacity and to complete other rail and switch work. 


Bucks County

To construct 6,600 feet of track and drainage facilities as well as install 120 feet of track for a public grade crossing and associated utility work.


Bucks County

To construct an 800-foot siding, install a new switch, replace seven switches and other track work. 


Cambria, Clearfield, Clinton and Indiana counties

To install cross ties and switch ties, renew several crossings, install bridge ties and other track work.


Carbon County

Constructing a new bridge across the Lehigh River and 1,200 feet of new connecting track. 


Chester County

Rehabilitating a bridge and replacing the track in the City of Coatesville and Modena Borough.


Mercer County

Rehabilitating track, turnouts and a grade crossing, as well as installing turnouts, replace crossties and surface track.


Westmoreland County

Completing the second of three phases for an improvement project, replacing 3.2 miles of rail and associated work.


Adams County

Installing 1,600 ties on 4 miles of track with related hardware.


Allegheny County

Replacing a turnout, crossties, 8,960 feet of rail and make other track improvements.


Allegheny County

Replacing 12 turnouts, 2,673 feet of mainline track and repairing a rail scale.


Allegheny County

Installing 60,800 feet of continuous welded rail as well as install 10,000 new cross ties and four turnouts. 


Berks County

Replacing a turnout, approaching rail and cross ties, as well as track surfacing work. 


Blair County

Repairing two bridges and improving public grade crossings.


Bradford County

Installing 1,800 feet of track, a new switch, two conveyors and a track side.


Bradford and Wyoming counties

Wyalusing Terminal - rehabilitating, raising line and surfacing rail sidings.


Carbon County

To complete bridge repairs including pier support, tie replacement and approach rail work.


Centre County

Completing improvements including track and turnout construction, upgrading rail and installing drainage.


Chester County

Constructing a new 200-foot rail siding into the Mogreena Industrial Complex to serve Waste Oil Recyclers, Inc.


Columbia County

To relocate and replace a turnout, construct 1,600 feet of track and install a grade crossing.


Dauphin County

To upgrade 300 feet of track, install a turnout and a track greaser to decrease friction on a curve. 


Franklin County

Improving track in the Cumberland Valley Business Park and the Letterkenny Army Depot.


Lawrence County

Constructing two turnouts and 1,200 feet of track.


Luzerne County

Replacing five switches and installing 3,000 ties.


Lycoming County

Constructing 800 feet of track providing new rail service at the Montoursville facility.


McKean County

Repairing a railroad bridge including timber repairs and replacements, and track approach repairs.


Mercer County

To construct 500 feet of new track and a turnout.


Montgomery County

To install a new drainage system, upgrade 400 feet of siding, install new ties and other rail improvements.


Philadelphia County

Installing ties and timbers as well as surface 27,081 feet of track in three locations in the Philadelphia area.


Philadelphia County

Replacing and upgrading rail, ties, switch timbers and more as well as upgrade asphalt.


Schuylkill County

Upgrading a retaining wall, relocating tracks pave loading dock floors, and completing other work at two locations in the Butler and Norwegian townships site.


Schuylkill County

Rehabilitating 700 feet of track, repairing a retaining wall, repairing paved areas and installing other improvements.


Union County

Constructing a turnout and 500 feet of track as well as improvements for offloading rail cars.


Westmoreland County

Reconstructing 850 feet of outside track and 200 feet of track inside the forge shop and associated engineering.


Sources: Progressive Railroading, PennDOT

PAGrantReading & Northern Lands Pennsylvania Grant to Build $14M Bridge 


Related to the story above, the Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad Co. (RBMN) won a $10m state grant, to be awarded over two years, to build a new railroad bridge over the Lehigh River near Nesquehoning, PA.


Under the grant's terms, the state funds will be made available in fiscal years 2014 and 2015, with $5m released each year. RBMN will cover the remainder of the $14m project, which will take about 18 months to complete.

The bridge will provide the regional railroad a north/south route connecting the Philadelphia region to New England and eastern Canada. The railroad plans to offer the use of the route to Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern Railway, both of which already use part of RBMN's mainline.

It will create the most direct route into the Marcellus Shale in northeast Pennsylvania, and will assist in the development of the Port of Philadelphia, enabling unit trains of double-stack containers to flow in and out of the port while heading to points in the northeastern U.S. and Canada.

Source: Progressive Railroading



ChicagoGrantUSDOT Awards $35M Core Capacity Grant to Improve Service of Chicago's L

The U.S. DOT has awarded a $35m Core Capacity grant to help the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) lay the groundwork for service and capacity improvements on a segment of the city's heavily traveled Red and Purple lines.


The grant supports a $43.7m plan in the initial phase of the CTA's comprehensive 9.6-mile, $4.7b Red-Purple Line Modernization Project. This initial work will pave the way for constructing a track bypass immediately north of the CTA Belmont Station to reduce bottlenecks with the Brown Line; expanding and modernizing four rail stations between Leland and Ardmore Avenues to make them ADA-compliant for the first time; upgrading rail corridor signals; and making other track and related infrastructure improvements.


The FTA's FY2014 budget includes $120m for the Core Capacity Program; FTA is determining how to allocate the remaining funds. Projects eligible for Core Capacity grants must expand capacity by at least 10 percent in existing transit corridors that are already at or above capacity today, or are expected to reach that point within five years.


Sources: USDOT, Progressive Railroading

NewHampshireTIGER Grant Agreement Reached for New Hampshire Short Line Project


A $1.4m Transportation Investment Generating Economy Recovery (TIGER) grant agreement has been formally reached for the New Hampshire Northcoast Rail Improvement Project.


The work calls for upgrading and repairing 42 miles of the New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad's mainline between Rochester and Ossipee, NH. In addition, a 0.7-mile section of washed-out track will be repaired and two grade crossings will be upgraded.


The New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad's line connects with Pan Am Railways in Rollinsford, NH, and a rail-banked line in Ossipee owned by the state. The project will enable the short line to expand its service on the line and operate more efficiently.


Source: Progressive Railroading


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PortPascagoulaPort of Pascagoula Approves Agreement for $14M TIGER Grant


Port of Pascagoula commissioners approved an agreement with USDOT regarding a $14m grant to relocate the railroad interchange that regularly blocks traffic in downtown Pascagoula, MS.


The grant will pay for the full price of the project and will remove 16 rail crossings through Moss Point and Pascagoula. The project includes rail improvements within the Bayou Casotte terminal facility, a rail unloading pit to facilitate bulk deliveries, shed demolition and bulkhead repairs at terminal E/F, and rail improvements along U.S. 90, Mill Avenue and Orange Grove Road. The rail improvements along U.S. 90 will consist of about 11,200 track feet and the Mill Avenue/Orange Grove Road work will consist of about 13,300 track feet.


Commissioners also approved a professional services agreement with Compton Engineering for work associated with the grant project.

Design work should be complete by November and constructions should begin in January. Substantial completion should come in May 2016.


The $14m grant is only a portion of the Port of Pascagoula's larger $44m intermodal improvement project that will also create a more efficient rail connection into the port and build a wood pellet export terminal on Bayou Casotte.   


Source: The Mississippi Press 


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 El Paso MPO Approves $97M for Streetcar Project


USDOT Secretary Foxx announced the closing of a $1.28b Transportation Infrastructure Financial Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) for construction of Phase Two of the Metrorail Silver Line extension.


Work will begin at the Wiehle Avenue Station, where Phase One work ended, and includes construction of 11.4 miles of track from Wiehle Avenue to Route 772 in eastern Loudoun County. Six new stations will also be constructed along the way - Reston Town Center, Herndon, Innovation Center, Washington Dulles International Airport, Route 606 and Route 772, and a new Service and Inspection Yard at Dulles International.


Sources: Progressive Railroading, USDOT 


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 TIFIASilverLineUSDOT Announces $1.28B TIFIA Loan for Phase 2 of MWAA/WMATA Silver Line


USDOT Secretary Foxx announced the closing of a $1.28b Transportation Infrastructure Financial Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) for construction of Phase Two of the Metrorail Silver Line extension.


Work will begin at the Wiehle Avenue Station, where Phase One work ended, and includes construction of 11.4 miles of track from Wiehle Avenue to Route 772 in eastern Loudoun County, VA. Six new stations will also be constructed along the way - Reston Town Center, Herndon, Innovation Center, Washington Dulles International Airport, Route 606 and Route 772, and a new Service and Inspection Yard at Dulles International.


Sources: Progressive Railroading, USDOT 


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CaltrainCaltrain Approves Capital Budget for Infrastructure Improvements


Caltrain's board yesterday approved a $43.6m capital budget, which will fund bridge repair work in San Mateo, CA, new safety improvements on the rail system and station modifications to accommodate longer trains.


Programs and projects funded by the capital program include:

  • Design and completion of station modifications to allow for 6-car trains.
  • Replacement of four San Mateo Bridges.
  • Installation of safety fencing along the Caltrain right-of-way and additional onboard improvements.
  • Inspection and documentation of load rating for Caltrain's 103 railroad bridges.
  • Coordination planning and management for Electrification, which will allow for the implementation of the state's high-speed rail network.

Sources: Progressive Railroading, Caltrain 

PATranspoCommissionPennsylvania's State Transportation Commission Calls for Allocating $63.2B Over 12 Years


Pennsylvania's State Transportation Commission has updated a statewide transportation plan that calls for allocating $63.2b over the next 12 years for improvements to railroads, transit systems, roads, bridges and airports.

The available dollars stem from the Pennsylvania Legislature's passage of Act 89, a new transportation funding law that will add $2.3b per year in transportation investments by 2017, according to a PennDOT press release.

State officials anticipate budgeting $7.9b for public transit, $228m for Pennsylvania's freight-rail system and $284m for a newly created multi-modal fund in the first four years of the newly adopted program, which takes effect Oct. 1.

Four rural planning organizations, 19 metropolitan planning organizations and one independent county worked with PennDOT to review and develop the plan update. It will now be submitted to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for review and approval. The FHWA coordinates with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review the plan's conformity with air quality requirements.

Click here to learn more about the list of projects:   


Sources: PennDOT, Progressive Railroading 

RTSEquipmentRT&S Interviews Railroad Engineering Departments Regarding MOW Equipment Wish Lists

RT&S surveyed the engineering departments of North America's Class I railroads and asked what they were looking for in their maintenance of way equipment. Overall, the answers showed an emphasis on safety, reliability, and versatility.  


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RTSBallastRT&S Highlights NRC Members in Ballast Maintenance Feature 


RT&S published a feature in their August 2014 edition on suppliers and contractors that provide ballast maintenance services for railroads. Featured NRC members are Brandt Road Rail, Ballast Tools Equipment, Dymax Rail, Georgetown Rail Equipment, Harsco Rail, Herzog Railroad Services, Knox Kershaw, Loram, NMC Railway Systems, Plasser American, and Progress Rail.


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AREMAAREMA Names Larry Etherton as Interim Executive Director and CEO

Larry Etherton, PE, retired director engineering, Norfolk Southern and former president of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA), has assumed the role of interim executive director and chief executive officer of AREMA.


Etherton succeeds Dr. Charles Emely, who served the association as executive director and CEO since 1998. The association's board of governors will undertake a search for a permanent replacement.


Sources: AREMA, RT&S


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BNSFPersonnelBNSF Announces Engineering Personnel Changes

BNSF announced the following personnel changes in their Service Design & Performance and Engineering Departments:


Bob Lease, current VP, Service Design and Performance has announced his retirement, effective October 1, 2014.


Sam Sexhus has been named the VP, Service Design and Performance and reports to Dave Freeman, SVP, Transportation (replacing Bob Lease).


Steve Anderson has been promoted to VP, Engineering and reports to Greg Fox, EVP, Operations (replacing Sam Sexhus).


Denver Gilliam has been named AVP and Chief Engineer, Line Maintenance South Region (replacing Steve Anderson).


John Cech has been named AVP and Chief Engineer, Line Maintenance Central Region (replacing Denver Gilliam).


Source: BNSF


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CSXCSX Announces Engineering Personnel Changes

CSX announced the following changes in their engineering operations:

Dale Ophardt, who has served as assistant vice president, Engineering for the last 14 years, has announced he will retire this fall. Dale leaves after a 38-year career with CSX during which he has made great contributions to the success of the company and was a good friend to the NRC. Dale provided oversight to the Design & Construction and Structures group, and his career is marked by significant infrastructure projects such as the National Gateway and the planning of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel expansion. The NRC wishes him the very best in his retirement.


Tod Echler will succeed Dale Ophardt as assistant vice president, Engineering. As chief engineer, Maintenance of Way (MOW) North, Tod has been instrumental in establishing effective processes, and has been a driving force for success across the Engineering team. Tod's civil engineering background will be a major asset as CSX embarks on projects such as the Virginia Avenue Tunnel reconstruction through Washington, D.C. A 30-year CSX veteran, Tod has excellent planning skills and a strong understanding of the transportation requirements of the Operations team.


Ricky Johnson will succeed Tod Echler as chief engineer, MOW North. Ricky has been with CSX for 13 years, and most recently served as chief engineer, MOW South. Ricky has demonstrated excellent leadership skills and has successfully heightened his team's awareness about the importance of safety and adherence to CSX guidelines. Ricky began his career with CSX as a roadmaster in Augusta, Ga., and has served in multiple Engineering roles across the network.


Kelly Piccirillo, formerly chief engineer MOW capital projects, is named chief engineer, MOW South. With 42 years of service, Kelly's experience in a range of positions across the region makes him ideally suited for his new role. Over his CSX career, he has demonstrated superior leadership skills, formed strong relationships with his colleagues and has developed a deep knowledge about track maintenance.


Bobby Moore, formerly division engineer in Jacksonville, is named chief engineer, MOW Capital Projects. Having served with CSX for more than 35 years, Bobby has extensive engineering experience. His strong work ethic and sharp analytical skills will contribute to CSX's success as he takes on greater responsibilities.


Lee Moss will succeed Bobby Moore as division engineer, Jacksonville. In his 18 years with CSX, Lee has served in various positions at the director level and has been on a rotational assignment in Service Design since 2012. In addition to a comprehensive perspective of Operations, Lee brings keen attention to detail, strong communication skills and a spirit of collaboration to his new role.


Mike Wharton, who has served as Huntington Division engineer for the last six years, has also announced his plans to retire this fall. Mike leaves after a 32-year career with CSX, during which he provided oversight to the MOW team. Mike has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to safety and continuous improvement.


J.R. Peterson will succeed Mike Wharton as division engineer, Huntington. J.R., formerly division engineer, Louisville, brings 38 years of service at CSX to his new role, as well as a breadth of experience from positions at numerous locations across the network. With his strong technical, organization and planning skills and his strength on track maintenance issues, he is well prepared to succeed in his new role.


Sources: CSX, NRC  


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KCSPersonnelKCS Names New AVP of Production and Standards

Kansas City Southern has promoted Shawn Vecellio from director to assistant vice president of production and standards for the engineering department. He reports to Senior Vice President of Engineering and Chief Transportation Officer Jeffrey Songer.


Vecellio oversees tie and rail production gangs, engineering mechanical functions, and engineering standards. In his new role, he will assume additional responsibilities for the Superior Tie & Timber facility in Vivian, LA, planning and administrative functions for the engineering group, and support of the engineering functions for KCS's subsidiaries in Mexico and Panama.


Sources: KCS, Progressive Railroading 


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