All North America articles – Page 16

  • Options for establishing a commuter service on 15 km of the former Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway corridor between Westhills in Langford and Victoria West on Vancouver Island are to be studied.
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    Vancouver Island commuter rail study

    2017-03-10T15:30:04Z

    CANADA: Options for establishing a commuter service on 15 km of the former Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway corridor between Westhills in Langford and Victoria West on Vancouver Island are to be studied, British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure announced on March 9. A working group is to be formed ...

  • The rail industry around the world marked International Women's Day on March 8 2017.
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    Rail industry marks International Women's Day 2017

    2017-03-08T13:36:29Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The railway operations and supply industries around the world marked International Women's Day on March 8. Special events were organised, and the diverse range of career opportunities available in the rail sector was highlighted.

  • Siemens Charger locomotive for Washington State Department of Transportation.
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    Siemens rolls out first Cascades Charger locomotive

    2017-03-08T11:03:53Z

    USA: The first of eight SC-44 Siemens Charger diesel-electric locomotives ordered by Washington State Department of Transportation has been rolled out at the manufacturer’s Sacramento plant. The locomotives are to be used with Talgo coaches on the Cascades service from Eugene, Oregon, to Vancouver in Canada, which is operated ...

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    CSX board restructured as Harrison takes charge

    2017-03-07T14:02:43Z

    USA: Former Canadian Pacific Chief Executive E Hunter Harrison was confirmed as the new Chief Executive Officer of CSX Corp on March 6. He succeeds Michael Ward, who had announced his decision to retire as Chairman & CEO on February 21 and will now become a consultant. CSX has also ...

  • Caltrain hopes to take delivery of a fleet of Kiss EMUs supplied by Stadler. The Swiss company says that funding of the Caltrain upgrading programme would help it to proceed with its plans for a US manufacturing facility.
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    Deadlines extended as Caltrain seeks to save electrification programme

    2017-02-28T15:37:36Z

    USA: San Francisco to San Jose commuter operator Caltrain announced on February 27 that it had reached agreement with contractors Balfour Beatty and Stadler to extend the contractual deadlines for start of work on the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project. Caltrain had been expected to issue ‘Notice to Proceed’ for both ...

  • Caltrain has terminated Parsons Transportation Group’s contract to supply Positive Train Control.
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    Caltrain cancels Parsons PTC contract

    2017-02-27T17:02:07Z

    USA: San Francisco to San Jose commuter operator Caltrain has terminated Parsons Transportation Group’s contract to supply Positive Train Control for the route. In late 2011 the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board which owns and operates Caltrain selected Parsons for a contract to design and install a $138m ...

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    The Andersons Rail Group reports solid year in weakening market

    2017-02-24T10:46:00Z

    USA: Diversified agricultural product and rail group The Andersons Inc reports that its Rail Group ‘led the way’ across the business in 2016. Looking forward, it said freight volumes had shown signs of improvement after a difficult operating environment last year, and it believes the Rail Group's lease and wagon ...

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    Progress Rail tests remanufactured Tier 4 shunting loco

    2017-02-23T16:22:59Z

    USA: Progress Rail has completed initial testing of a EMD24B locomotive produced from remanufactured components, and has begun the process of obtaining Tier 4 emissions certification. The 2000 hp locomotive will also undergo 3 000 h of in-service testing with Anacostia Rail Holdings' P acific Harbor Line, which operates at ...

  • ‘2016 was a pivotal year as Norfolk Southern began implementing its new strategic plan’, according to Chairman, President & CEO James A Squires.
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    A pivotal year for Norfolk Southern

    2017-02-12T07:00:00Z

    USA: ‘2016 was a pivotal year as Norfolk Southern began implementing its new strategic plan’, said Chairman, President & CEO James A Squires when presenting the railway’s annual results on January 25. ‘We delivered $250m of productivity savings and recorded our best ever operating ratio, notwithstanding challenging business conditions.’ Net ...

  • 'CN delivered very strong fourth-quarter results', according to President & CEO Luc Jobin.
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    CN performing well in a mixed economic environment

    2017-02-10T11:00:00Z

    CANADA: ‘Despite facing difficult winter conditions in December, CN delivered very strong fourth-quarter results and throughout 2016 demonstrated once again its ability to perform well in a mixed economic environment’, said President & CEO Luc Jobin when presenting the company’s annual results on January 24. ‘We saw weaker volumes during ...

  • Beena Vision supplies non-contact detectors which can be used for automated condition monitoring of passing trains.
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    Trimble buys machine vision company

    2017-02-09T10:37:28Z

    USA: Trimble has acquired automated lineside inspection system manufacturer Beena Vision for an undisclosed price, the company announced on February 8. Founded in 2003, Beena Vision supplies machine vision and other non-contact detectors which can be used for the detailed and automated condition monitoring of components on passing trains, providing ...

  • Genesee & Wyoming has agreed to acquire the Heart of Georgia Railroad short line.
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    G&W buys Heart of Georgia Railroad

    2017-02-08T14:31:37Z

    USA: Genesee & Wyoming has agreed to acquire Atlantic Western Transportation Inc, the parent company of the Heart of Georgia Railroad short line. The deal announced on February 8 is subject to customary closing conditions, including Surface Transportation Board approval, and is expected to be completed in the second quarter ...

  • ‘Looking ahead to 2017, the company is aware of both economic and political uncertainty’, according to Kansas City Southern President & CEO Patrick J Ottensmeyer.
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    Kansas City Southern sees uncertainty

    2017-02-06T11:00:00Z

    USA: ‘Looking ahead to 2017, the company is aware of both economic and political uncertainty’, said Kansas City Southern President & CEO Patrick J Ottensmeyer when presenting the railway’s annual results on January 20. ‘However, we continue to emphasise our commitment to growth and we are well positioned to take ...

  • Canadian Pacific Railway has announced a record low full-year operating ratio of 58·6 for 2016.
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    CP reports record low operating ratio in ‘challenging conditions‘

    2017-02-05T07:00:00Z

    CANADA: Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd has announced its lowest-ever Q4 operating ratio of 56·2 and a record low full-year OR of 58·6 for 2016, saying focused cost control helped to offset softer than expected traffic volumes. ‘While the fourth quarter was weighed down by challenging operating conditions, including unexpected and ...

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    CSX sees 21% drop in coal traffic

    2017-02-02T11:30:54Z

    USA: The US rail industry continued to face headwinds from low global commodity prices and the strength of the dollar in 2016, CSX said when presenting its annual results on January 17. CSX generated revenue of $11·1bn last year, down from $11·8bn in 2015, with operating income of $3·4bn compared ...

  • Union Pacific has reported net income of $4·2bn in 2016, down 11% from the previous year.
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    Union Pacific ‘fairly optimistic’ about 2017

    2017-02-01T16:37:49Z

    USA: ‘While full-year volumes were down substantially year over year, we did see declines moderate in the fourth quarter,’ said Union Pacific Chairman, President & CEO Lance Fritz when presenting the company’s annual results on January 19. ‘As we worked through the challenges of the year, we remained focused on ...

  • Iowa Pacific has been providing rolling stock and onboard services for the Hoosier State since mid-2015. (Photo: INDOT/Jay Wasson)
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    Hoosier State returns to Amtrak fold

    2017-01-31T14:01:14Z

    USA: Amtrak is to resume providing rolling stock for the Hoosier State inter-city train between Chicago and Indianapolis with effect from March 1, the Indiana Department of Transportation announced on January 30. Serving intermediate stops at Crawfordsville, Dyer, Lafayette and Rensselaer, the state-sponsored train operates four days per week ...

  • Grizzly bear near a railway.
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    Grizzly bear study aims to reduce collisions with trains

    2017-01-27T14:02:53Z

    CANADA: A five-year study to identify and address the underlying causes of collisions between grizzly bears and trains has been completed by Canadian Pacific, Parks Canada and the universities of Alberta and Calgary. There have been 10 confirmed rail-caused grizzly bear mortalities in the Banff and Yoho national parks over ...

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    BNSF announces 2017 capital investment plan

    2017-01-23T16:00:19Z

    USA: BNSF Railway announced a 2017 capital expenditure plan worth $3·4bn on January 19. As with 2016’s $3·9bn capital plan, the largest element of the programme is the replacement and maintenance of infrastructure on the 52 000 route-km network in 28 US states and three Canadian provinces. This has been ...

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    Alstom to maintain Ferromex locomotives

    2017-01-10T08:30:00Z

    MEXICO: Ferromex has awarded Alstom a five-year contract to maintain 219 EMD and GE diesel freight locomotives The contract announced on January 9 includes condition-based and predictive maintenance which will include oil and vibration analysis and remote monitoring. This is expected to bring a reduction in operating costs. ...