All North America articles – Page 17

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    Grizzly bear study aims to reduce collisions with trains


    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


    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


    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. ...

  • As well as operating trains serving 'more than 500 rural and urban communities in 46 states', Amtrak also owns several hundred km of railway, including a 155 km section of the Chicago - Detroit corridor.

    Amtrak streamlines management structure


    USA: Federal passenger company Amtrak announced on January 5 that it would be rationalising its senior management structure as part of efforts to ‘position itself for an even more competitive future’. President & CEO Wick Moorman has reduced by half the senior management team to create six reporting lines. These ...

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    Wabtec purchases Workhorse Rail


    USA: Wabtec Corp has acquired Workhorse Rail, which supplies wagon components including couplers and related parts, mainly for the North American aftermarket, with annual sales of $35m. ‘Workhorse Rail brings an excellent reputation, strong engineering capabilities and new products to our portfolio’, said Wabtec President & CEO Raymond T Betler ...

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    SMBC Rail to buy American Railcar Leasing


    USA: Wagon leasing company SMBC Rail Services announced on December 19 that it had reached agreement to acquire the American Railcar Leasing business currently owned by investment group Icahn Enterprises. The transaction is expected to complete in the first half of 2017. SMBC Rail will pay $2 · 78bn in ...

  • Amtrak has ordered a fleet of tilting trains from Alstom for use on its premium Acela Express service on the Northeast Corridor.

    FRA recommends $120bn investment in Northeast Corridor


    USA: A 30-year programme of route modernisation, including four-tracking and some new alignment, has been recommended by the Federal Railroad Administration under its proposal to develop the Northeast Corridor linking Boston, New York and Washington DC. A four-year consultation and market testing exercise known as NEC Future was launched ...

  • Siemens Sacramento plant has completed the first of five trainsets for the Brightline inter-city project  in Florida.

    First Brightline trainset delivered


    USA: The first of five trainsets which Siemens is building for the privately-financed Brightline inter-city project has arrived in Florida following a 4 900 km journey by rail from the manufacturer’s Sacramento plant. The trainsets will each comprise four stainless-steel coaches, top-and-tailed by diesel-electric locomotives. The initial trainset carries ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


    GE Transportation confirmed on December 8 that it had purchased Iders Incorporated , an electronics and technology specialist which supplies the GoLINC data processing and storage platform already used on many GE diesel locomotives. The acquisition is the latest step in a partnership that has seen the two companies ...

  • Rocla Concrete Tie opened its newest plant in Florida in March 2016

    Vossloh acquires Rocla Concrete Tie


    USA: As part of a strategy to strengthen its core rail infrastructure business, Vossloh has acquired North American concrete sleeper manufacturer Rocla Concrete Tie, at an estimated cost of US$117m. The contract to acquire Rocla from Altus Capital Partners II was signed on December 5, and subject to regulatory approval ...

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    ‘Uneven progress’ with PTC roll-out


    USA: Third quarter 2016 data on the implementation of Positive Train Control shows ‘uneven progress across the country and across railroads’, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. Releasing data on November 28 which covers the three months to September 30, FRA said PTC was now active on 12% of freight ...

  • Bombardier Transportation have taken over the operation of commuter rail services on six routes in Montréal.

    Bombardier takes over Montréal commuter services


    CANADA: Bombardier Transportation took over the operation of commuter rail services on six routes in Montréal on November 18, under a C$331m operations and maintenance contract awarded by transport authority Agence Métropolitaine de Transport which runs for eight years with an option for a two-year extension. AMT manages the second-largest ...

  • BNSF and KCSM are to offer a cross-border intermodal freight service.

    BNSF and KCSM announce cross-border intermodal service


    NORTH AMERICA: An intermodal freight service connecting locations on BNSF’s network including Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth with Mexican destinations served by Kansas City Southern de México is to be launched on December 1. Shipments are to travel in bond, clearing customs at the Mexican origin or destination, and there would ...

  • Kawasaki Rail Car M8 electric multiple-unit.

    More Kawasaki EMU cars for MTA Metro-North


    USA: An order for 60 more Kawasaki Rail Car Type M8 electric multiple-unit cars to increase capacity on Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line was approved by the New York MTA board on November 16. There is an option for a further 34 cars, and the base order is also expected ...

  • Patriot Rail has acquired the assets of specialist tank wagon and lorry cleaning company United Transportation Group.

    Patriot Rail expands services business


    USA: The Lakeshore Railcar Services subsidiary of short line and services group Patriot Rail has acquired the assets of specialist tank wagon and lorry cleaning company United Transportation Group. Based 30 km from central Chicago at East Chicago in Indiana, the company cleans dry, liquid, hazardous and non-hazardous commodity tanks, ...

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    US rail industry responds to Trump victory


    USA: Responding to the results of the presidential and congressional elections held on November 8, Association of American Railroads President & CEO Edward R Hamberger said the rail freight sector was ‘eager to work with a new administration and Congress, helping advance policies that will spur economic growth, support ...

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    Air travel portal to offer Amtrak bookings


    USA: Fareportal is to use SilverRail's API to sell Amtrak tickets through its CheapOAir travel portal. Fareportal ‘will be amongst the first leisure online booking platform to offer Amtrak tickets alongside airfare results', said SilverRail Chief Commercial Officer Cameron Jones on October 26. 'This partnership helps raise the profile of ...

  • North Carolina Department of Transportation and TransLoc have launched a pilot door-to-door journey planning app.
    Urban news

    Last-mile app integrates Amtrak, Uber and buses


    USA: North Carolina Department of Transportation and technology company TransLoc have launched a three-month pilot of a door-to-door journey planning app which highlights options to use Uber and local public transport services to access nine stations on Amtrak’s Piedmont and Carolinian routes. Users enter their preferred station into ...

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    Genesee & Wyoming acquires Providence & Worcester Railroad


    USA: International freight railway group Genesee & Wyoming Inc announced on November 1 that it had completed the acquisition of Providence & Worcester Railroad Co for $126m. Following the closing of the transaction, G&W immediately transferred control of P&W to a voting trust with R Lawrence McCaffrey appointed as trustee. ...

  • Wabtec expects to complete its acquisition of the Faiveley family’s shares in Faiveley Transport by the end of the year.

    Amsted to buy Faiveley’s US brake business as part of Wabtec settlement


    USA: The Department of Justice announced on October 26 that in order to alleviate its concerns about Wabtec’s proposed US$1·8bn acquisition of Faiveley Transport it would require Wabtec to entirely divest Faiveley Transport North America’s wagon brakes business to a single independent buyer. Wabtec has proposed that these activities should ...