RCL Services Group News

Association of American Railroads (“AAR”)

Check out the latest report from the AAR showing how railroad spending and investment in equipment, infrastructure and technology not only makes our industry stronger, but also drives growth across the economy.

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RCL Wiring, LP’s Quality Assurance Program Certified by AAR

RCL Wiring, LP has been honored with a QA Certification by the Association of American Railroads (“AAR”) by having met the AAR’s requirements for having a Quality Assurance Program in accordance with M-1003.  According to the AAR, RCL Wiring, LP’s Quality Assurance Program demonstrates compliance to the AAR’s Specification for Quality Assurance.  RCL Wiring, LP has been found by the AAR to adequately document the requirements of M-1003 and apply them within its facility in Sedalia, MO.

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Complexities of PTC – From a Rail Supplier Perspective

The National Transportation Safety Board recently identified rail safety, and the complex safety system known as positive train control, or PTC, as top national priorities. In this context, it is important that the public and media understand that railroads and the companies that supply materials and technology to railroads work doggedly every day to ensure trains operate safely.

Article Published By: GoRail;  Author: Mike Cook, President, RCL Services Group

Taking over 500 components for multiple railroads, wiring them together according to each railroad’s specification, ensuring they work correctly and then sending the final product to a railroad site — for connecting to tracks, underground cables, signal structures, and communications towers — is complex and challenging work. It is the work we do at RCL Wiring and it is critically important to the safe implementation of PTC technology.

The nation’s freight railroads recently filed their plans for implementing PTC, as required by Congress. Installing this highly advanced technology, which is designed to automatically stop a train before certain types of accidents occur, is a huge undertaking because it must be put on some 60,000 miles of tracks shared with passenger trains and tracks that carry certain hazardous materials.

RCL has wired train control and safety systems for railroads for years, but the 2008 requirement that railroads install PTC changed the game.

While previously our focus was assembling the technology that operates railroad signals — lights, crossing gates, switches, and the like — PTC adds a new layer of advanced technology to our work.

With the addition of new PTC processors, our products control not only railroads signals, but they also handle the stream of inputs and outputs that are constantly communicated between moving locomotives and back-office servers at dispatch offices. This ensures that railroads know the exact position of a train, its speed and the status of the rail network — and can remotely control that train to avoid an accident.

This is exciting, highly advanced and complex technology designed to make an already-safe rail network even safer.

The rush to install PTC on freight and passenger tracks has put a big demand on manpower, training and equipment — both the components required to assemble the technology and the equipment required to distribute it. While the entire railroad industry is part of a major effort to install this technology, it is most important that we do it right.

At RCL, we test every component that comes into our shop to make sure it works as intended prior to assembly. We then test the assembled system to make sure it has been put together correctly before testing a final time to ensure it works according to its design. In our lab setting, we are able to connect our products to actual railroad signals and equipment that simulate controls coming in and going out.

But even after we’re satisfied here in Sedalia, our products are integrated into real-world systems with moving locomotives, existing signals, various communications and radio systems and varying PTC servers at railroads across the country. Given the critical role of railroads to our economy and the importance and complexity of PTC technology, taking the time to test and get it right has enormous consequences.

Freight railroads have a long history of network investments — some $600 billion since 1980 — that lead to innovation and safety advances, as discussed in a Special Report issued by the Association of American Railroads this week. Investments by freight railroads help us employ about 100 people at our facility in Sedalia and we are proud of the role RCL plays in bringing technologies like PTC to life.

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RCL Wiring, LP Recognized as Outstanding Business in 2015

RCL Wiring, LP recognized as an outstanding business in 2015 in the Economic Development Sedalia-Pettis County Community.  RCL Wiring’s continued business reputation and success contributed to Pettis County being named No. 42 in the Nation and No. 1 in the State of Missouri as one of the top Micropolitan areas.

RCL Track Services, LLC Acquires Raymond Lambert as its General Director of Asset Management

RCL Track Services, LLC (“RCLTS”) is pleased to announce the addition of its newest team member, Raymond Lambert, as its General Director of Asset Management.  Mr. Lambert will manage the Rail Dispositions Division of RCLTS where his primary responsibility will be to manage all related processes pertaining to the disposition of all track material assets.

Throughout his 38-year career, Mr. Lambert’s leadership and prowess within the railroad track materials industry has yielded tremendous value for both his external and internal customers.  His past experiences range from working as Project Engineer with CONRAIL to EVP and COO of Pohl Corporation, and with his most recent endeavor before coming to RCLTS as President of Unitrac Railroad Materials, Inc.

The addition of Mr. Lambert further amplifies the array of value-add solutions RCL Track Services, LLC can bring to its customers.

Missouri State Representative and Mayor Meet with RCL Wiring, LP

Missouri State Representative Vicky Hartzler met with Scott Grass, Brad Beason, and others of RCL Wiring, as well as Ryan Nonnemaker with GoRail, at RCL Wiring’s Sedalia, MO facility to discuss the importance of rail safety, Positive Train Control (“PTC”) and how rail supports our local and national economies.  Sedalia, Missouri Mayor Stephen Galliher, who retired from the Union Pacific Railroad with 39 years of experience, was also in attendance.  The rail industry wants to spend $29 Billion this year to build, maintain, and grow the rail network, but Washington is holding most of it up due to policy. Representative Hartzler, Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, as well as others, are signing bills to extend PTC in order that the rail industry may properly install and test it.  They are also looking to streamline the permitting and review process to enable the projects and funds to move through the system much quicker.   Thus, providing more work and jobs across the United States.

 

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RCL Burco Recognized in Progressive Railroading Magazine

RCL Burco has been recognized by CSX in the “Progressive Railroading Magazine” for Customer Service Excellence & Partnership in 2014 as having ‘gone the extra mile for the future of our railroad’ and ‘add[s] great value to our mission with creative, cost-saving and effective solutions for every CSX customer’.  CSX also states RCL Burco has gone ‘above and beyond in 2014 creating value and efficiency by improving customer service, developing the new on-time shipping performance matrix and increasing product and service offerings’.

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Brad Beason Named General Manager – Signal Shop of RCL Wiring, LP

RCL Wiring, LP announces the promotion of Brad Beason to General Manager – Signal Shop.  Brad was promoted to Manager of Signals – Wire Shop of RCL Wiring in January 2014.  As a previous employee of RCL from 2000-2004, Brad rejoined the Company in 2013.  Brad has fourteen years in the railroad industry and has held various positions from Foreman and Signal Maintainer to Project Manager with RCL and Kansas City Southern Railroad.

Brad Beason Named Manager of Signals-Wire Shop of RCL Wiring, LP

Brad Beason was promoted to Manager of Signals-Wire Shop of RCL Wiring in January of 2014.  As a previous employee of RCL from 2000-2004, Brad recently rejoined the company in 2013.  Brad has thirteen years in the railroad industry, and has held various positions from Foreman and Signal Maintainer to Project Manager with RCL, Kansas City Southern Railroad, and Herzog Technologies.

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