March 29

Here are the progress reports on PTC from the FRA and AAR. You can access them by going to the sites listed below:


FRA PTC Progress Report Q4 2017

https://www.fra.dot.gov/app/ptcprogress/2017q4




AAR PTC Report

https://www.aar.org/article/freight-rail-positive-train-control/




March 19

A New Umler Data Form on the RPCNB web site. Please use the new form as data requirements have changed.

A new Umler Data Spec Manual is now available at the Railinc web site.



February, 2018

On February 15 the final review of data and process for placing the Load Limit and Gross Rail Load back into the passenger car section of Umler was approved.

There were a couple of associated changes that were also approved.

Getting accurate weights into Umler is very important.  That data is required for  PTC to properly work.  A very recent example is a car weighed in February this year, that has an Umler Tare weight of 120,000 pounds.  It actually weighs 132,520 pounds.  That extra weight means the train will not stop as short as the computer calculates it should.  If this is an accurate example of a number of cars, that is dangerous.

When the data fields are implemented in Umler, they will immediately become mandatory.  That means cars that do not have the weight, star code and bearing fields properly filled in will immediately go into conflict, and then into "restricted in interchange".   The class one railroads will not handle cars restricted in interchange.

Because of the way this will be implemented, that means every passenger car in Umler, privately owned, railroad owned, commuter agency and Amtrak, will immediately become "In Conflict" when the weight data fields are implemented.  That means there will be a rush to get the data input, and that will slow the system down.

If your car is in Umler, please get your car weighed as soon as possible and provide that information of when and where weighed, date done, and the weight obtained to the RPCNB along with the car reporting mark and number. 

If you have an Amtrak "800" numbered car, and already have provided numbers to Amtrak, Amtrak does NOT send that information back your Umler services person.  You need to send it directly to your Umler service provider.

Railinc is still working out when they can implement the change. The first half of 2018 is already scheduled for other PTC mandated changes. 

Watch the RPCA electronic Newsletter and the RPCNB web site for notice of when it will be implemented, but don't wait to schedule getting your car weighed for that notice. People can't move their cars to a shop for weighing if they are already in conflict or restricted in interchange.  And when this notice hits the industry media, those shops will be flooded with customers attempting to get in before their cars do go into conflict.



January, 2018

Only a couple of days after the RPCA Annual Conference, there was an Umler Data Quality Task Force conference call. Adding back into Umler the Load Limit and Gross Rail Load was one of the topics. With few questions, the ranges of acceptable entries was accepted and the change
recommended to go before the full Umler Committee for approval. Early in February there will be another conference call to discuss implementation, and acceptable journal bearing codes. By implementation, we mean when do the data fields show up on-line for input, and when do those fields become mandatory. The list of acceptable journal bearing codes is recommended to be reduced by 3, dropping the A, B and H class bearings. If you sent the data only to Amtrak, it does not get to RPCNB, GLR nor other Umler services providers, and therefore is NOT in Umler. You need to send the data to YOUR service provider or input it yourself to Umler.

The Umler record MUST match the Amtrak record, meaning Tare, Load Limit and Gross Rail Load numbers must be identical in the two systems.








January 26, 2017
We have added a weight calculator to the Forms Page. The calculator will match the weight estimates that Amtrak uses.

A message from Mr. Trombecky for ALL Amtrak private car owners:
To all Car owners

This is a very important message that you MUST respond to. Many of the Host Rail Roads will be turning on a type of PTC called I-ETMS. The BNSF and CSX are preparing to activate with this type of PTC. Attached is a list of the car Numbers that we still require critical information for. The weight requirement has changed since the first time we have asked for this information. We will need the best loaded car weight for you cars. This information will be required to be in the PTC data base for us to continue to add your cars to trains.
Lee Trombecky
Sr.Manager Quality & Compliance/Regulatory Compliance
RPCNB interprets that this includes all physical dimensions, brake system identification, and weight. For Amtrak this is Gross Rail Load. This does not match the weights in Umler. We are working to correct that.

July, 2016
As of July 19th Fax is no longer available. Please email or scan and email documents to RPCNB!


RPCNB NEWS


We have a new page Procedural Changes! This affects how you move under RPCX. Please read this information!
Also note the changes on the SOP page.

In moving RPCNB forward, we now have a new web site address. www.rpcnb.com. The site was previously hosted by Great Lakes Railcar to help get RPCNB started. Please update your bookmarks! The new site contains all the data forms, agreements and information from the previous site.

With the new site we also have new email addresses. rpcx@rpcnb.com for Umler/EMIS data and rpcaequipros@rpcnb.com for the RPCA equipment roster. The old email address will still work for a while, but please update your email address books!

INDUSTRY NEWS
Locomotives without alignment control couplers may require a special train move, depending on the railroad and trains involved.

As of now CSX will not accept non-rotating end cap bearings. If you do not have rotating end caps (also known as AP bearings), your choices are to move by flatcar or truck or to change the bearings by swapping axles or trucks. CSX also requires an inspection before movement. They will ask who maintains your car, type of bearings, etc. Remember to allow extra time in your movement schedule to allow for this.



We also have a continuing issue that articulated or draw bar connected cars are experiencing some problems. Some Class 1's requires that the same data for freight articulated car be used for passenger cars. The problem occurs with Umler/EMIS. The passenger section for articulated or draw bar connected currently does not contain the same information as the freight. We are working with the Railroads and the Railinc Data Quality Task Force to resolve this issue.