Tuncer Edil, Jim Tinjum and Dante Fratta — professors at UW-Madison’s College of Engineering — have spent years studying railway substructure stabilization and ballast fouling. More recently — as Wisconsin’s sand-mining industry has flourished in response to hydraulic fracturing — the trio has looked more closely at the impact frack sand has on ballast. continue reading
On June 29, the state of New York formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, concluding a seven-year environmental and health review that drew a record number of public comments. continue reading
Federal energy officials expect bulk-chemical production to fuel industrial-energy consumption increases during the next 25 years.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook — which was released earlier this spring — anticipated that the industrial sector’s energy demand would outpace all other sectors through 2040. continue reading
Railinc’s annual review of the North American revenue-earning railcar fleet shows the fleet continued its growth in 2014 – the fourth consecutive year of growth. continue reading
GBW Railcar Services (a joint venture between The Greenbrier Companies and Watco Companies) hosted members of the rail industry, the media and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) at its “Safer Tank Cars Now” event on April 16. During the event at GBW’s facility in Hockley, TX, attendees were able to view and learn about Greenbrier’s “Tank Car of the Future.” continue reading