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    Transport security professionals to gather in Miami this June

    2020-02-12T16:58:00Z

    EVENTS: Security specialists from across the sector will meet at the Transport Security Congress on June 8-10 2020, to be hosted at the Miami Marriott Marquis hotel. The event is a partnership between DVV Media International Ltd and the Port of Miami, with a comprehensive agenda ...

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    SmartRail World becomes Railway Gazette Events

    2020-01-30T09:34:00Z

    EVENTS: Last year we saw a lot of change on the Railway Gazette Group. Now as we move into 2020, I am delighted to add more industry leading events to our growing portfolio. In 2018, our parent DVV Media International Ltd purchased Global Transport Forum, a ...

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    Genesee & Wyoming acquisition completed

    2020-01-06T14:21:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The US$8·4bn acquisition of freight railway group Genesee Wyoming by affiliates of New York and Toronto listed global investor Brookfield Infrastructure and Singapore’s foreign reserves investor GIC has been completed. The US$112 per share deal had been announced in July. ‘This transaction ...

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    Free Lyft rides from train to plane at Ontario International Airport

    2019-12-30T06:00:00Z

    USA: As part of a programme to increase public transport’s share of surface access to Ontario International Airport near Los Angeles, passengers can now claim free travel with app-based taxi service Lyft between the airport and four Metrolink commuter rail stations. The $396 000 pilot programme ...

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    St Louis operator selects operational testing software

    2019-12-28T06:00:00Z

    USA: Class III operator Terminal Railroad Association of St Louis has selected CloudMoyo’s Operational Testing System for implementation across its network to ensure safety and regulatory compliance. The OTS is part of CloudMoyo’s Rail Transportation Management suite. It uses advanced analytics to create configurable master test ...

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    Union Pacific completes Positive Train Control implementation

    2019-12-21T06:00:00Z

    USA: Union Pacific has completed the implementation of Positive Train Control on all sections of its network where federal rules require the safety system to be deployed. ‘PTC is one of the biggest rail industry breakthroughs, designed to keep our crews and communities safer through technology’, ...

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    Understanding fuel cell applications

    2019-12-13T09:52:00Z

    USA: Having undertaken research into alternative propulsion technologies to support the order for North America’s first commercial hydrogen-powered train, the Center for Railway Research & Education at Michigan State University is to host a seminar on the topic in Long Beach on January 29-31.

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    Helping short lines to prepare for emergencies

    2019-12-07T06:00:00Z

    USA: ‘Short lines need to be thinking through disaster preparation, response, mitigation and resiliency on the calm days so that they’re ready to respond in a crisis’, explained American Short Line Regional Railroad Association President Chuck Baker when the organisation announced a package of resources ...

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    CN meets US PTC deadline

    2019-12-01T05:00:00Z

    USA: Canadian National announced on November 25 that it had met the federal requirement to roll out Positive Train Control on 35 of its US subdivisions, 13 months ahead of the December 2020 deadline. This offers interoperability with Amtrak, CSX, NS, BNSF, CP and WSOR, and ...

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    Maine acquisition as CP looks coast-to-coast again

    2019-11-21T09:59:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Canadian Pacific has agreed to acquire the Central Maine Quebec Railway from Fortress Transportation Infrastructure Investors LLC, the two companies announced on November 20. CMQ operates a 774 km network in Québec and Maine, largely comprising the former Canadian Atlantic Railway ...

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    First Amtrak Avelia emerges

    2019-11-20T16:49:00Z

    USA: The first of 28 Avelia Liberty trainsets being assembled by Alstom to operate Amtrak’s Acela Express services has been outshopped at the manufacturer’s Hornell plant, ahead of the start of test running. Ordered in 2016 as part of a $2·45bn ...

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    US hydrogen train contract awarded

    2019-11-14T09:39:00Z

    USA: Southern California’s San Bernardino County Transportation Authority has awarded Stadler a contract to supply a Flirt H2 hydrogen fuel cell powered multiple-unit to enter passenger service in 2024, with an option for a further four units. Stadler said the contract announced on November 14 was ...

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    Short line specific PTC training

    2019-11-09T05:00:00Z

    USA: The American Short Line Regional Railroad Association has appointed Tech Mahindra to provide Positive Train Control training courses customised to meet the specific needs of short line operators. The courses will be provided through a subscription-based online platform, with interactive modules covering aspects ...

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    CSX joins freight shipping data platform

    2019-11-06T17:10:00Z

    USA: CSX says it is the first North American railway to join the TradeLens, an open and neutral platform which has been developed by IBM and Maersk with the aim of overcoming supply chain data processing silos to provide improved transparency and shipment-status visibility. ‘Railroads are ...

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    Illinois Railway completes PTC deployment

    2019-11-04T16:06:00Z

    USA: OmniTRAX has announced that its Illinois Railway has become one of the first short lines to implement fully-functional positive train control. ‘We are delighted to be a first mover on PTC in the short line industry and are making our railroad even safer than it ...

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    Progress Rail to buy Cleveland Track Material

    2019-10-31T15:51:00Z

    USA: Progress Rail has signed an agreement to buy specialist trackwork supplier Cleveland Track Material Inc, the largest US company in Vossloh’s Customised Modules division. The €35m sale does not require regulatory approval, and is expected to close in early November. ‘This acquisition allows Progress Rail ...

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    Geopier launches subgrade strengthening GeoSpike

    2019-10-06T05:00:00Z

    TRACK: Geopier Foundation Co has introduced its GeoSpike, which is designed to provide a low‐cost way to strengthen the subgrade without needing to remove the rails, sleepers or ballast. Pairs of polymer shells are installed between the sleepers, and filled with aggregate which is then compacted. ...

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    Cat litter by rail

    2019-10-02T05:00:00Z

    USA: Cat litter producer Intersand has begun construction of a rail-served production, packaging and distribution facility at the Great Western Industrial Park in Windsor, Colorado. GWIP is owned by short line group OmniTRAX, whose Great Western Railway of Colorado will provide direct rail services to the new ...

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    Partnership to develop North American rail portfolio

    2019-09-25T13:00:00Z

    NORTH AMERICA: Middle-market investor Connor, Clark Lunn Infrastructure has announced a partnership with Alpenglow Rail’s short line management team with the aim of developing a portfolio of rail businesses across North America. As part of this, CC L has acquired VIP Rail from private ...

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    Surface Transportation Board proposes rule changes

    2019-09-25T11:00:00Z

    USA: The Surface Transportation Board has begun consultation on proposed rule changes intended to reduce the cost and complexity of its rate review procedures, particularly in small cases, and to provide a streamlined market dominance process. The proposals build on recommendations made by STB’s rate reform ...