All North America articles – Page 15

  • Stadler is to supply 16 six-car double-deck EMUs for electric Caltrain services under a $551m contract. There is an option for a further 96 cars worth $385m.
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    Caltrain ‘cautiously optimistic’ on federal support for rail investment

    2017-05-04T13:53:13Z

    USA: San Francisco to San Jose commuter rail operator Caltrain said on May 3 that it expected the Trump administration’s 2017 budget would include a $100m investment in the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project. Caltrain had agreed contracts in July last year with Balfour Beatty and Stadler for electrification work and ...

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    Greenbrier and Sumitomo launch GBSummit axles business

    2017-05-02T12:14:00Z

    USA: The Greenbrier Companies and Sumitomo Corp have opened a jointly-owned axle machining plant in California. GBSummit is adjacent to an established Greenbrier Rail Services wagon wheelset maintenance facility at San Bernardino. GBSummit uses advanced automation for axle machining, and offers comprehensive axle services including inspection and cleaning, finishing ...

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    Capitol Corridor Charger unveiled

    2017-04-22T06:00:00Z

    USA: The first of six Siemens SC-44 Charger locomotives for northern California’s Capitol Corridor inter-city route from Sacramento to Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley was unveiled on April 18. A 30-day period of revenue testing is expected to begin by the end of April, ahead of entry into ...

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    Siemens launches 'internet of trains' Digital Rail Services business

    2017-04-21T15:19:12Z

    USA: Siemens has formed a Digital Rail Services business to improve rail operations by creating an ‘internet of trains’ making intelligent use of data generated by sensors on infrastructure and vehicles. The Digital Rail Services business is based at the Georgia Institute of Technology Campus in Atlanta. It aims to ...

  • Motive Power Resources has rolled out the first locomotive to be modernised at its recently-completed heavy overhaul facility in Minooka, Illinois.
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    First locomotive modernisation completed

    2017-04-07T11:00:00Z

    USA: Motive Power Resources has rolled out the first locomotive to be modernised at its recently-completed heavy overhaul and repair facility in Minooka, Illinois. The EMD SD38 locomotive for Ardent Mills in Easton, Pennsylvania, has been refurbished with new mechanical components and a ZTR Nexus control system. The ...

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    Operators from five countries interested in California high speed rail contract

    2017-04-06T11:29:08Z

    USA: California High-Speed Rail Authority has received five responses to its request for qualifications for the contract to provide early train operator services to assist with the development and management of the initial phase of the high speed line. By the April 4 deadline, statements of qualifications had been submitted ...

  • A multi-year wagon supply and management agreement worth more than $1bn was announced by The Greenbrier Companies and Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Co on April 5
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    $1bn wagon agreement signed

    2017-04-05T14:41:22Z

    USA: A multi-year wagon supply and management agreement worth more than $1bn was announced by The Greenbrier Companies and Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Co on April 5 MUL President & CEO Tadashi Shiraishi said the leasing company had set an ‘ambitious’ target to grow its market share to become ...

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    Drug and alcohol compliance software for short lines

    2017-04-05T06:00:00Z

    USA: Browz has launched a software-as-a-service package to assist short line railways and their contractors in complying with Federal Railroad Administration drug and alcohol testing requirements coming into force in June. Browz ShortLine will enable operators to check the compliance of their contractors and employees, and to source new contractors ...

  • Norfolk Southern’s safety train has begun a 23-city tour to provide free emergency response training to first responders.
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    Safety train on tour

    2017-04-02T06:00:00Z

    USA: Norfolk Southern’s safety train has begun a 23-city tour to provide free emergency response training to first responders including fire and law enforcement departments, medical services and hazmat response teams, military and homeland security personnel and railway customers and suppliers. The train comprises a specially branded locomotive, two vans ...

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced C$1.8bn in federal funding for the GO RER project.
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    GO Transit RER receives C$1·8bn in federal funding

    2017-03-31T14:32:59Z

    CANADA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on March 31 that the federal government is to provide C$1·8bn towards the GO Transit Regional Express Rail project being developed in the Greater Golden Horseshoe centred on Toronto. The money is to come from the New Building Canada Fund, with the province ...

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    Amtrak’s Gardner calms fears over Trump budget cuts

    2017-03-30T14:16:48Z

    USA: National passenger operator Amtrak has sought to calm concerns about budget cuts affecting its inter-city passenger services in the wake of federal government budget proposals presented by President Trump on March 16. Speaking at the ‘Future Railway Organisation’ seminar arranged by consultancy Steer Davies Gleave in London on March ...

  • Grupo México's transport business GMéxico Transportes has agreed to acquire Florida East Coast Railway Holdings Corp from Fortress Investment Group.
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    Grupo México to acquire Florida East Coast Railway

    2017-03-28T15:31:16Z

    USA: On March 28 Grupo México announced that its transport business GMéxico Transportes had reached an agreement to acquire Florida East Coast Railway Holdings Corp from Fortress Investment Group. The Mexican company said adding FEC to its existing operations in Texas would ‘immediately establish GMXT as an important railroad owner ...

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    CRRC to supply rolling stock to Philadelphia

    2017-03-27T14:00:00Z

    USA: The board of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has approved the purchase of 45 double-deck coaches from CRRC MA Corp for use on its Regional Rail network of commuter services. CRRC’s bid of $137·5m for the base order of 45 coaches and $161m including options for 10 more beat ...

  • Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have issued a request for qualifications for a contract to finance and build the Lakeshore East - East Corridor Expansion project.
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    Lakeshore East – East Corridor Expansion procurement begins

    2017-03-24T12:14:35Z

    CANADA: Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have issued a request for qualifications for a contract to finance and build the Lakeshore East - East Corridor Expansion project in the Greater Toronto area. The scope includes laying a third track on the 11 km between Beechgrove Road and Durham Junction, rebuilding two ...

  • Knoxville Locomotive Works has begun delivering its largest order for low-emissions diesel locomotives.
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    Low emissions locos delivered to Texas

    2017-03-19T07:00:00Z

    USA: Knoxville Locomotive Works has begun delivering its largest order for low-emissions diesel locomotives. The Type SE10B and SE15B locos were ordered by Locomotive Solutions for use at chemical plants in Texas, with partial funding from the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. ...

  • President Trump is proposing to curtail federal funding for long-distance Amtrak services and end the TIGER and New Starts grants that have supported much urban rail investment in the USA over recent years.
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    Trump proposes dramatic cuts to Amtrak operations and capital project grants

    2017-03-17T17:08:00Z

    USA: In a blueprint for its proposed Financial Year 2018 budget, the Trump administration is planning to cut funding for the Department of Transportation to $16bn, a 13% reduction on that available for FY2017. Under the proposals, swinging cuts would be made both to passenger train and municipal transport ...

  • The first 177 of 531 wagons being custom-built by National Steel Car for K+S Potash Canada have been delivered to the Legacy Project mine.
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    Custom wagons delivered and new CP tracks completed

    2017-03-16T14:41:00Z

    CANADA: The first 177 of 531 wagons being custom-built by National Steel Car for K+S Potash Canada have been delivered to the Legacy Project mine site in Saskatchewan. The first batch of wagons will form one of three 3 km long trains to transport potash 1 800 km from the ...

  • Connecticut Department of Transportation has awarded NRE a contract to extend the operating lives of six EMD GP40-2H locomotives (Photo: Pi.1415926535/CC BY-SA 3.0).
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    NRE to modernise Connecticut DOT locos

    2017-03-15T12:16:41Z

    USA: Connecticut Department of Transportation has awarded NRE a five-year contract to modernise and extend the operating lives of six EMD GP40-2H diesel locomotives dating from the 1970s which are used on commuter services. NRE said it would be able to produce 90% of the content in-house. Marketing Director Brandon ...

  • Aero Transportation Products manufactures components including covers and doors for hopper wagons.
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    Wabtec buys component manufacturer with underground headquarters

    2017-03-15T12:07:48Z

    USA: Wabtec Corp has acquired Aero Transportation Products, which manufactures rolling stock components including glass fibre, aluminium and steel covers and doors for hopper wagons. ATP’s headquarters are located underground in a former limestone mine at Independence, Missouri, where the consistent temperature and humidity is ideal for glass fibre manufacturing. ...

  • The first Brightline trainset, 'Bright Blue' stands in the operator's servicing facility at West Palm beach. (Photo: David Lustig)
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    Brightline targets inter-city opportunities

    2017-03-10T17:48:25Z

    USA: Inter-city passenger promoter All Aboard Florida is expanding its horizon to focus on other potential markets across the country. The company announced on March 8 that Dave Howard, ‘a veteran executive from the sports and entertainment industry’, was joining the leadership team as Chief Executive Officer for the Brightline ...