William Wiedmann Promoted To Director Of Communications & Signals

Bill Wiedmann was recently promoted to Director of Communications & Signals in Burns’ Railroad and Transit Group. With nearly 40 years of experience in rail transportation, including maintenance and operations of rail systems, Bill has a detailed understanding of signal engineering, maintenance, and installation. He is also a member of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (MIRSE).

As a railroad signals expert, Bill has held positions with Amtrak, SEPTA and a major signal manufacturer. He was the Project Engineer for the wayside design of the New York MTA’s communication-based train control system, the first of its kind in the US.

At the 2015 APTA Rail Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, Bill presented a case study involving a major commuter railroad in the Northeast US, providing detailed lessons learned from the design, installation and integration of the wayside portion of an ACSES Positive Train Control (PTC) system.

Bill’s recent work has involved the design and implementation of Alaska Railroad’s wayside Positive Train Control (PTC) system, PTC system implementations for SEPTA and St. Louis TRRA.

In his new role as Director of Communications & Signals, Bill will lead the Burns’ Railroad and Transit Group in full service signal and communications programs including the highly specialized areas of wayside vital signal design and implementation, highway grade crossing design, transit communications engineering, positive train control (PTC) design and implementation, new technologies applications on railroads, signals and communications wayside testing and other safety critical tasks associated with reliable, secure, faultless rail operations.

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