WEATHERING THE STORM

Railroads operate in rain or in shine, even when nature demands a stop, slowdown, or some other measures to ensure the safety of rail employees and the communities they serve. Planning, preparation, and advanced warning are some of the keys to safe railroad operation in incliment weather conditions. The article describes some of the monitoring procedures of a few Class I railroads, for example: Burlington Northern and Santa FE (BNSF) works with private contractor Weather Data to monitor conditions; when a warning parameter is tripped, Weather Data sends the BNSF dispatcher information about 10 to 20 minutes before the particular track section is affected; Canadian National also works with Weather Data, which has installed Smart Rad computer systems at rail dispatching centers across the network, and based on the criteria, Weather Data will issue necessary warnings; Weather-Bank, another weather service provider, keeps Norfolk Southern informed of changing weather patterns; and Union Pacific combines geographic information systems and forcasting to pinpoint weather event locations, using the company's weather service provider, Meteorologix to monitor event.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    345 Hudson Street
    New York, NY  United States  10014
  • Authors:
    • Judge, T
  • Publication Date: 2004-10

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00980350
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 22 2004 12:00AM