Interview Spotlight: Railroad Product Manager, ThermOmegaTech
Dana Logue, Railroad Product Manager from ThermOmegaTech, discusses how their products and solutions can help rolling stock operators overcome a variety of challenges that they face, especially during harsh winter weather.
What are the core challenges that rolling stock operators face during winter?
Rolling stock operators face the challenge of keeping their trains running and freight moving in extreme weather and freezing conditions. Water-cooled diesel locomotives are especially at risk of freeze damage when the locomotive is shut down. A frozen engine block or water-cooled air compressor can cost thousands of dollars in damages and unnecessary downtime for repairs. Relying on manually draining a locomotive prior to freezing can be risky, while continued idling can be costly and wasteful. Auxiliary power units are helpful, but the challenge facing rolling stock operators is protecting the locomotive when there is no power.
Passenger trains are also susceptible to similar freeze issues with potable water-bearing systems for kitchen galleys and sanitary systems. Freezing conditions, which put water tanks and piping at risk of freeze damage, occur when the car heat is turned off for switching locomotives or even brief layovers.