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Progressive Railroading will host a free webcast on electronic detection and monitoring systems on Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. (EST).Titled "Railroad Trackside and Vehicle-Mounted Detection and Monitoring Equipment," the webcast will be presented by Wolf Railway Consulting L.L.C. President Gary Wolf and moderated by Progressive Railroading Managing Editor Jeff Stagl.Although electronic detection and monitoring systems were introduced more than 40 years ago with simple hot box and dragging equipment, there is a wide array of choices available today to inspect and monitor conditions on track and roadbeds, locomotives and train vehicles. The webcast will provide an overview of user benefits and application examples of various systems, many of which provide data management and database systems for the user to track and query data, and obtain alerts if dangerous conditions are detected.During his presentation, Wolf will review the development of electronic detection and monitoring systems through the past four decades; explain the range of choices available for inspection and monitoring; and describe applications as they relate to track and roadbed, locomotives, vehicle-mounted systems and wayside detectors.The event is sponsored by Georgetown Rail Equipment Co. and L.B. Foster Co. For more information on the free webcast or to register, follow this link.