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What is Winter Costing Your Railroad?

In Anti-Icing Deicing, Rail, Rail & Mass Transit, Railroads, Zero Gravity Third Rail® by Bob Vitale

Larger railroads have a fairly sound idea of the financial impact that severe winter weather can have on their railway maintenance costs. And so they prepare well in advance. But for many short lines, the costs to properly prepare are intimidating. And so they wait, until they can’t wait any longer.  But is putting off the expense the best approach …

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NASA’s Approach to Third Rail Deicing

In Anti-Icing Deicing, Railroads, Zero Gravity Third Rail® by Bob Vitale

Your current approach to third rail deicing doesn’t work as well as NASA’s. Here’s why.  In 2019, Chicago’s Metra commuter rail system gained notoriety for appearing to set their railway tracks on fire. Of course, the tracks weren’t literally set on fire. But the video footage caused quite a stir. That January, temperatures hit a shocking 50 below, with windchill. To …

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Learn More About Maine’s Big Plans for Freight Rail Upgrades

In Rail, Rail & Mass Transit, Railroads, Transportation by Eric Vantiegham

Planned freight rail improvements in Maine aim to better integrate the Pine Tree state into the national Class I network.  State lawmakers and freight rail industry stakeholders working to improve Maine’s freight rail infrastructure are set to upgrade 75 miles of track between the towns of Waterville and North Yarmouth. While Maine currently benefits from the use of local and …