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Lets talk about the PTC MTEA

Posted on October 7, 2016 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (310)

It's been a while since I posted a blog. Blame business, blame ennui, blame me. Sadly, another tragic accident brings me back to my keyboard.

For the last year, I have been working with one of the large Engineering Consulting firms as a part time project manager. This work takes me to both coasts, focusing on safety, including the implementation of PTC and preparations for revenue service studies.

Let me start by saying that the events of the past few years have strengthened my fe...

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Why are we ignoring sleep apnea and other medical issues.

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (206)

It has been several months since I have last prepared a blog. My wife reminded me to do so a few days ago and I told her that I was still trying to formulate one. Those who know me can state that I am usually not at a loss for words, yet, I have been going back and forth in trying to provide a proper expression of my thoughts. The issue deals with the reluctance of the railroad industry and its regulators, to develop a comprehensive set of medical standards that would deal with sleep related ...

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Why is history important to today's engineer-part two "the Wrong Type of Snow" and other excuses.

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (186)


If you have checked out my web site-and thank you for doing so !- you may have noticed the nice photograph of three Atlantic Coast Line diesel locomotives sitting at Harrison NJ in February 1958. While not only a nice photograph, it has a lot to do with the theme of this, my third blog.


If you look closely, you will see that these diesel units are sitting under an overhead electric power system. Normally, these locomotives would be exchanged for electric locom...

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Why is history important to today's engineer?

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (174)

OK, this sounds like one of those essay questions we used to see on exams. But there is a reason why I bring it up. The other day, a colleague sent me a link to this web site:

It seems that there was a report of water entering a tunnel used by...

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Transportation Engineering in the 21st Century

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (103)

Transportation Engineering in the 21st Century

Welcome to my new web site! This is my first Blog and I agree, the title is rather trite! But, I am new at this game of blogging and hope that you will bear with me while I get better at this and come up with catchier titles.


But what about transportation engineering in the 21st Century? What makes it different from the Transportation Engineering in the 20th Century? Or, as a matter of fact, in any preceding century...

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