All North America articles – Page 12

  • Surferlab aims to develop embedded digital technology for more intelligent rail, road, air and maritime transport.
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    Surferlab to develop augmented vehicle technology

    2017-10-27T09:29:36Z

    FRANCE: On October 25 Bombardier Transportation, Prosyst and the University of Valenciennes & Hainaut-Cambrésis inaugurated Surferlab, a joint facility which will develop embedded digital technology for safer and more intelligent rail, road, air and maritime transport. The three priority areas for Surferlab are connected and predictive maintenance, artificial intelligence, and ...

  • Map of the proposed Toronto - Guelph - Kitchener-Waterloo - London - Chatham - Windsor high speed rail project.
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    Ontario to establish High Speed Rail Planning Advisory Board

    2017-10-26T08:31:39Z

    CANADA: Plans to establish a High Speed Rail Planning Advisory Board to support the development of proposals for a 250 km/h electrified passenger service on the Windsor – Toronto corridor were announced by the Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne on October 23. The High Speed Rail Planning Advisory Board would ...

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    CSX shakes up executive team

    2017-10-25T16:40:24Z

    USA: Former Canadian National Executive Vice-President James Foote is to join CSX Transportation as Chief Operating Officer, the company announced on October 25. Most recently serving as President & CEO of Bright Rail Energy, he will take responsibility for both Operations and Sales & Marketing. Foote will replace the current ...

  • Axalta Coating Systems has expanded into the wagon paint market with the launch of a dedicated range of Tufcote-branded products .
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    Wagon coating range launched

    2017-10-25T06:00:00Z

    USA: Axalta Coating Systems has expanded into the wagon paint market with the launch of a dedicated range of Tufcote-branded products designed to protect against chemical and corrosion damage, weathering, and chipping. 'Railcar and transportation maintenance structures are constructed to last and need a tough, durable finish to ensure their ...

  • Amtrak's Portal Bridge swing span is 110 years old and increasingly vulnerable to failures. (Photo: Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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    Portal Bridge renewal launched

    2017-10-17T09:36:30Z

    USA: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Amtrak Board Chairman Tony Coscia marked the start of work on the long-planned replacement of the Portal Bridge with a groundbreaking ceremony on October 13. The 110-year old two-track swing bridge over the Hackensack River between Kearny and Seacaucus has long been a ...

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    Stadler breaks ground on Utah factory

    2017-10-16T15:31:39Z

    USA: A groundbreaking ceremony took place on October 13 for Stadler’s rolling stock factory in Salt Lake City. The $50m final assembly plant is being built near Salt Lake City airport and has a link to the Denver – San Francisco line. The modular factory is designed to accommodate ...

  • Production of the Avelia Liberty high speed trainsets ordered for Amtrak’s Acela Express service has begun at Alstom’s Hornell factory.
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    Production of next-generation Acela Express fleet underway

    2017-10-11T11:18:54Z

    USA: Production of the bodyshells and principal components for the Avelia Liberty high speed trainsets ordered for Amtrak’s premium Acela Express service has begun at Alstom’s Hornell factory in New York state, the manufacturer has confirmed. The fleet is expected to enter service in 2021-22. Alstom displayed ...

  • Stadler displayed its first US-built Flirt diesel multiple-unit at the APTA exhibition in Atlanta.
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    Stadler unveils TEX Rail Flirt DMU

    2017-10-10T09:26:49Z

    USA: Stadler displayed its first US-built Flirt diesel multiple-unit at the APTA exhibition in Atlanta on October 9. Unveiling three of the six cars from the initial trainset, Martin Ritter, CEO of Stadler US, said it was the company’s first ‘self-propelled commuter rail train to be Federal Railroad Administration-compliant’. Ritter ...

  • Siemens has made a 'significant' investment in Wi-Tronix, which supplied monitoring systems for Amtrak ACS-64 electric locomotives.
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    Siemens invests in remote monitoring specialist Wi-Tronix

    2017-10-09T14:20:16Z

    USA: Siemens announced on October 9 that it had made a ‘significant’ equity investment in Wi-Tronix, which provides remote monitoring, video analysis and predictive diagnostic software as a service for rail infrastructure and rolling stock operators. Terms were not disclosed, and Wi-Tronix is to remain a standalone, founder-led company. Around ...

  • California High-Speed Rail Authority said the DB Engineering & Consulting USA consortium had submitted the highest-scoring proposal for the Early Train Operator services contract.
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    DB consortium selected for California high speed rail consultancy contract

    2017-10-09T13:16:20Z

    USA: California High-Speed Rail Authority announced on October 6 that the DB Engineering & Consulting USA consortium has submitted the highest-scoring proposal for the Early Train Operator services contract. The winner of the ETO contract would provide CHSRA with an operating perspective during the planning and procurement of civil works, ...

  • Jochen Eickholt becomes Integration Manager for the Siemens-Alstom merger.
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    Eickholt to lead Siemens-Alstom integration

    2017-10-04T11:55:07Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The CEO of Siemens’ Mobility Division, Dr Jochen Eickholt, has been appointed Integration Manager to oversee the planned merger of Siemens' mobility business with Alstom, the company announced on October 4. He took up his new role with effect from October 1, following the announcement of the merger agreement ...

  • ‘The Medina Line represents a timely opportunity for employers to enhance their supply and distribution capabilities to better serve the growing economy’, said SGRR Vice-President Erik Remmert.
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    Medina Line construction begins

    2017-09-22T15:09:53Z

    USA: Southwest Gulf Railroad Co has begun construction of the Medina Line, a 15 km common carrier railway running north from a junction with a line used by Union Pacific and BNSF at Dunlay, 45 km west of San Antonio in Texas. SGRR was incorporated in 2003 as a subsdiary ...

  • GO Transit commuter trains are at present formed diesel locomotives and push-pull trailer cars.
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    Hydrogen-powered double-deck train design concepts wanted

    2017-09-18T13:20:12Z

    CANADA: Greater Toronto transport agency Metrolinx has issued a request for proposals seeking design concepts showing how hydrogen fuel cells could be integrated into double-deck electric multiple-units. Metrolinx plans to commission a number of rolling stock manufacturers to prepare designs and demonstrate the impact that incorporating hydrogen fuel cells ...

  • An impression of the proposed interior of a refurbished Coach class Amfleet I saloon. Image: Amtrak.
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    Amtrak begins Amfleet I refurbishment programme

    2017-09-12T13:20:43Z

    USA: Amtrak has announced the start of work to refurbish its Amfleet I hauled coaches, which are widely used on its Northeast Corridor and Midwest inter-city services. The $16m refurbishment and overhaul programme covers more than 450 vehicles, with completion planned for mid-2018. A phased approach is ...

  • United Wagon Co’s Tikhvin plant in Russia has begun shipping Barber S-2-HD bogie side frames and bolsters for the North American market.
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    Tikhvin begins delivering bogie castings to North America

    2017-09-11T15:25:09Z

    NORTH AMERICA: United Wagon Co’s Tikhvin plant in Russia has begun shipping Barber S-2-HD bogie side frames and bolsters for the North American market, after obtaining Association of American Railroads approval for their use on wagons for unrestricted interchange in Canada, Mexico and the USA. UWC plans to supply ...

  • Amtrak operates through trains between stations on the Northeast Corridor and Richmond, which change between electric and diesel traction at Washington Union station.
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    Virginia main line upgrading moves forward

    2017-09-08T15:15:27Z

    USA: The Federal Railroad Administration announced on September 8 the completion of a Tier II Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a capacity and speed enhancement programme on the 197 km corridor running south from Washington DC to Richmond, Virginia. The railway is owned by Class I freight railroad CSX, but ...

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    Genesee & Wyoming forms Mexican train ferry joint venture

    2017-09-08T12:52:53Z

    NORTH AMERICA: Genesee & Wyoming announced on September 5 that it had formed a 50:50 joint venture with SEACOR Holdings to own CG Railway, the operator of a train ferry service between Mobile, Alabama, and Coatzacoalcos in Mexico. Terms of the joint venture were not disclosed. Recently acquired by SEACOR ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up

    2017-09-08T10:09:59Z

    Systra announced on August 31 that it had completed the acquisition of International Bridge Technologies. This will enable the consultancy to establish ‘a global bridge centre of excellence’ that will offer specialist design expertise. This is Systra’s first acquisition in a specific engineering discipline, marking a significant strategic move, the ...

  • HBR has been unable to operate to Churchill since May 23.
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    Canadian government demands Manitoba railway repairs

    2017-09-04T15:26:12Z

    CANADA: The federal government is seeking to restore rail services along the Hudson Bay Railway, which connects Churchill in northern Manitoba with the Canadian National network at Flin Flon Junction, near The Pas. Following what HBR owner OmniTRAX described in June as ‘catastrophic’ flood damage, trains have been unable to ...

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    Hazardous materials training academy for short lines

    2017-09-03T06:00:00Z

    USA: The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has awarded the Short Line Safety Institute a $500 000 grant to create a Hazardous Materials Training Academy in Washington DC. ‘Small railroads will greatly benefit from the expertise and resources the Hazardous Materials Training Academy will provide’, said SLSI Executive Director ...