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  • Blog Post: WRI 2014 Day 4: Riddle me this

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- What is as loud as a chainsaw, seemingly random, and bothers neighbors in Australia? Did you guess right? Squeaky wheels on a freight train. It is the random nature of this noise that caused an Aussie acoustical engineer to travel thousands of miles to present his problem...
  • Blog Post: WRI 2014 Day 3: Three reasons these sessions are just plain heavy

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Officially, the Wednesday and Thursday sessions at the Wheel-Rail Interaction conference come under the title "heavy haul." They should rename the two days to just plain "heavy" and get it over with. Here are three good reasons: 1.) We're talking weighty freight In recent decades...
  • Blog Post: WRI 2014 Day 2: Cut the 'creep'

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Squeeeeeeak. Squeeeeeeak. Wrummmmmmp. Wrummmp. Wrmpp. Pup. Pup. Pup. "Not the squeak, it's the low frequency noise we're talking about," says one research engineer from a Class I railroad talking about the "wrummmmp." This engineer showed an audience at the 2014 Wheel-Rail Interaction...
  • Blog Post: Day 1 of WRI 2014, rail transit: remember to talk (to each other)

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. - An old saying goes, "Every time you point a finger, three more are pointing right back at you." So it goes that before blaming other railroad departments, an agency, or a contractor, engineers at the Wheel-Rail Interaction conference were reminded to check first for more basic human...
  • Blog Post: 5 reasons why WRI is right for you

    Trains is sponsoring the 20 th annual Wheel Rail Interaction conference. As official media partner for this event, we want to start our coverage by offering five really good reasons for attending: 1.) Wheels and rails are important. Train wheels interact with rails every day. It’s only in...
  • Blog Post: California dreamin’ – railroad style

    An eastbound Union Pacific stack train climbs California's Beaumont Hill from Loma Linda to Beaumont, Calif., on Tuesday. It was followed closely by a merchandise train on the former Southern Pacific Sunset Route. Jim Wrinn photo PALM DESERT, Calif. – While much of the nation has suffered mightily...
  • Blog Post: Norfolk Southern's cab units: Among the most technologically advanced streamliners around

    Norfolk Southern's four executive cab units roll through Harrisburg, Pa., in August 2012. The units have seen substantial internal upgrades since their debut in 2007. Jim Wrinn photo ALTOONA, Pa. — We’ve all come to admire Norfolk Southern's set of four tuxedoed cab units' two As and two...
  • Blog Post: How WRI friendships grease squeaky wheels

    CHICAGO - You could describe the 2013 Wheel/Rail Interaction conference here in Chicago by highlighting the bright minds gathered in one room at one time or by the scope of knowledge each presenter offers to the audience. Yet the connections forged during the four-day conference might be the most...
  • Blog Post: Tom Hoback on Wheel/Rail Interaction 2013: "brilliant"

    When something is important to Tom Hoback, he lets you know. The Indiana Rail Road, of which he is founder, president, and CEO, is one. Railroading, in general, is another and lately, so is the Wheel/Rail Interaction Conference. So important is the conference coming next week, that Hoback paused...
  • Blog Post: A new face with a new assignment: Wheel/Rail Interaction Conference 2013

    Hi Everyone! Most readers are aware that TRAINS magazine just hired a new associate editor. That's me, Steve Sweeney. But since most of you still don't know much about me yet, fellow editors here thought it would be a good idea to blog an introduction. But first, a little plug. For the two weeks...
  • Blog Post: Part volksmarch, part theme park, part party city, all business: It’s InnoTrans

    Like ants flocking to their hill, visitors to InnoTrans flood into the fairgrounds at Berlin for the world's largest railway trade and technology show. Photo by Jim Wrinn Here's a typical exhibit booth with plenty of people, big-time graphics, and video displays. The trains are outside! Photo by...
  • Blog Post: Where the steel hits the rail

    I'm spending this week in Chicago with some dear old friends, and a whole lot of wonderful new ones at the Wheel/Rail Interaction Seminar in Chicago. It's Trains ' new publisher Diane Bacha's first industry event, and I'm really enjoying introducing her to this industry I love so...
  • Blog Post: Wheels, rails, and what really matters

    I'm in Philadelphia this week for the Joint Rail Conference, in which professionals and engineering students present papers on their research into or application of new railroad technology. The primary reason I'm here is to find ideas for our Technology column for 2013. So far, I've got...
  • Blog Post: It's a great time to be in railroading

    The Transportation Research Board is holding its 91st Annual Meeting this week in Washington, D.C., and I’m here looking for ideas for technology columns, seeing old friends, and meeting new contacts who can help bring the latest in the rail industry to Trains’ pages. Just yesterday morning...