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The Federal Railroad Administration has named Robert Lauby Deputy Associate Administrator for Regulatory and Legislative Operations in the Office of Safety, Lauby effective March 28, FRA 2010. Lauby, who has more than 30 years ofexperience in railroad safety and regulatory affairs, replaces Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Standards and Program Development Grady Cothen, who is retiring. Lauby’s title is different from Cothen’s “to better reflect the responsibilities he is charged with,” FRA spokesman Warren Flatau explained. Lauby has managed national and internationallevel programs for the National Transportation Safety Board and the FRA. His past experience also includes designing and testing brake systems for Amtrak and high speed rail systems, and developing and managing the NTSB’s National Railroad and Rail Transit Safety Program. Lauby has extensive experience participating with government and industry groups as a member of the RSAC (Railroad Safety Advisory Committee) since its inception, and as a member of the American Public Transportation Association Passenger Rail equipment Safety Standards Committee. The FRA describes Lauby as the agency’s “leading expert on Positive Train Control deployment” and “instrumental in carrying out numerous initiatives related to the Rail Safety improvement Act, including eCP (electronically controlled pneumatic) brakes.” As co-chair of the RSAC General Passenger Safety task force, he oversaw development of system safety programs, and passenger car door control regulations. Lauby was “a key player in developing FRA’s HighSpeed Passenger Rail Safety Strategy, a critical element of FRA’s High-Speed intercity Passenger Rail Program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Passenger Railinvestment and improvement Act.” He also represents FRA on the RSAC engineering Task Force, which was established to consider the use of alternate crashworthiness standards for passenger railcars used in high speed service. iMPulse NC llC named Jeffrey wharton president. He previously served as Executive Vice president and General Manager for iMpulse NC llC. He has more than 30 years of transit construction and manufacturing experience and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the american public Transportation association (apTa), and as Chair of the apTa Business Member’s Business Development Committee. iMpulse NC llC is a design and manufacturing firm of overhead contact system hardware for the mass transit industry and is a Marmon Group/Berkshire Hathaway Company. Sightlogix, which supplies outdoor video analytic equipment for wide area and perimeter security, appointed gary green Director of Sales for the Southeast U.S. region. Stantec inc. appointed Sean Robitaille, P.e. to oversee its expansion of its railway engineering services into Operations analysis. He will be based in Stantec’s headquarters office in Edmonton, alberta. STV inc. named Joseph F. North Vice president and product Manager for operations, safety, and security in the firm’s Transportation and infrastructure Division. North, formerly director of light rail operations at New Jersey Transit, reports to Christopher J. Holliday, p.E., senior vice president and national leader of STV’s systems and security practices.
April 27-29 Joint Rail Conference-2010: High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail. University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, Urbana, Ill. Sponsored by TRB, AREMA, ASME, ASCE, and IEEE. Email: email@example.com; Website: ict.illinois.edu/railroad/JRC/JRC2010. May 1-4 ASLRRA Annual Convention. Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando, Fla. Website: www.aslrra.org/meetings___ seminars/2009_annual_convention/index.cfm. May 17-19 RSSI C&S Exhibition, Qwest Convention Center, Omaha, Neb. Website: www.rssi.org/perl/ OnlineRegistration.cgi. June 6-9 APTA 2010 Rail Conference, Hyatt Regency, Vancouver, B.C. Heather Rachels, (202) 496-4838; Email: hrachels@ apta.com; Website: www. apta.com/mc/conferences. June 6-9 American Railway Development Association 104th Annual Technical Conference Meeting. Savannah, Ga. Website: www.amraildev.com/events. June 15 Railway Age PTC Seminar, Washington, D.C. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.railwayage. com. July 20-21 Railway Age/SYSTRA Operations Analysis and Modeling for Railway Applications, Washington, D.C. Email: conferences@ sbpub.com; Website: www. railwayage.com. August 29-Sept. 1 AREMA 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Orlando, Fla. Lisa M. Hall, (301) 459-2000, x 705; Email: email@example.com; Website: www.arema.org/.
aRiNC appointed Brad little, formerly with the Special inspector General for afghanistan reconstruction, as Senior Director of international Development. Cambridge Systematics, inc. named larry S. englisher and Keir Opie as Senior associates in its Cambridge, Mass., and New York offices, respectively.
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F.P. Patenall, signal engineer of the Baltimore & Ohio, reports the cost of maintenance and operation of his electrically-lighted automatic semaphore block signals for the year 1909 as $100 per blade; and he finds that the system compares favorably with with signals lighted by oil lamps, not only in performance but in cost. Between Baltimore and Washington there are 69 lamps. These were lighted and extinguished 1,259,250 times, while on the Metropolitan branch there are 38 lamps lighted and extinguished 208,050 times, and during the year there were but nine failures.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Railway Age - April 2010
Railway Age - April 2010
From The Editor
Regional Railroad Of The Year
Short Lines In The Buffett Era
Short Line Of The Year
Great Expectations In Hard Times
Short Line/Regional Perspective
Getting Better With The Basics
100 Years Ago
Railway Age - April 2010