All North America articles – Page 18

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    Cummins QSK95 achieves Tier 4 certification


    USA: Cummins received Tier 4 certification for its QSK95 diesel engine from the Environmental Protection Agency on March 31, ‘making it the first single prime power engine’ certified by EPA as meeting the Tier 4 emissions standards for use on locomotives. According to Cummins, the 3 281 kW QSK95 has ...

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    AV Rail Contracting bought by Allied Track Services


    CANADA: Road-rail crane, telecoms and signalling specialist AV Rail Contracting has been bought by Allied Track Services. Ontario based ATS provides track maintenance services, including track and turnout installation, emergency repairs, rail welding, surfacing and bridge repairs. The acquisition of AV Rail which is based in Vernon, British ...

  • First completed Siemens Charger diesel-electric locomotive.

    Siemens shows first complete Charger locomotive


    USA: Siemens displayed its first completed Charger diesel-electric locomotive when Federal Railroad Administrator Sarah E Feinberg visited its Sacramento manufacturing plant on March 26. The states of Illinois, California, Michigan, Missouri, Washington and Maryland have ordered a total of 66 Charger locomotives which will be powered by Cummins QSK95 diesel ...

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    Investors launch wagon leasing company


    USA: Wagon leasing company Riverside Rail has been formed by affiliates of insurance investor Allstate, private investment business Duchossois Capital Management and Henry Crown & Co company CC Industries. Riverside Rail has acquired an initial fleet of 2 032 coal, metals, van, covered hopper and centre-beam wagons, and anticipates ...

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    Station waiting room fitted with timed doors


    CANADA: As part of a programme to revitalise underused stations, the waiting room at La Pocatière station in Québec has been reopened through a partnership between VIA Rail and the municipality of Ste-Anne-De-La-Pocatière. It has been equipped with a timed door-opening system synchronised with the timetable of the Montreal – ...

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    Metrolinx receives first Tier 4 locomotive


    CANADA: Greater Toronto regional transport agency Metrolinx has taken delivery of a prototype Tier 4 compliant diesel locomotive from Wabtec’s MotivePower subsidiary, and has signed a US$97m contract for 16 more to be delivered from 2017. According to Wabtec, the MP54 prototype is the first commuter locomotive to be delivered ...

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    Vertex launches wagon leasing business


    USA: Vertex Railcar Corp has launched Vertex Rail Leasing, a wholly-owned subsidiary offering wagons manufactured at its Wilmington plant for lease. ‘With the launch of Vertex Rail Leasing, Vertex is well positioned to address the railcar needs across the full spectrum of customers in the market - those who prefer ...

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    FRA awards level crossing upgrading grants


    USA: The Federal Railroad Administration has awarded nearly $10m in grants for nine projects to increase the safety of level crossings on routes used by oil trains. ‘Today's grants will upgrade the warning systems at critical crossings and close others where crude oil and other energy products are transported’, said ...

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    CSX adjusts to declining coal traffic


    USA: CSX has announced measures to match its ‘structural resources’ with an ongoing decline in coal traffic volumes and predicted future shifts in demand. Coal revenues have declined by $1·4bn over the past four years, and Chief Financial Officer Frank Lonegro told the Barclays Industrial Select Conference in Miami on ...

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    California targets high speed service to Silicon Valley by 2025


    USA: Issuing its Draft Business Plan for 2016 on February 18, the California High Speed Rail Authority set a target date for launching revenue-earning services between ‘Silicon Valley and Central Valley’ by 2025. With construction work now underway along an alignment covering approximately 160 km in the state’s Central Valley, ...

  • Amtrak's tri-weekly Sunset Limited was cut back to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

    Amtrak reviews Gulf Coast revival


    img alt="Amtrak's tri-weekly Sunset Limited was cut back to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005." src="" / USA: Proposals to reinstate inter-city passenger services between New Orleans and Jacksonville are moving forward, with the operation of a special inspection train by Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission on ...

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    CN announces C$2·9bn 2016 capital plan


    CANADA: CN has announced a C$2·9bn spending plan for 2016. ‘CN is investing for the long term and we are again planning a significant capital programme in 2016 to support a safe and fluid railway network, and to raise the bar on efficiency and customer service’, said President & CEO ...

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    Bombardier to overhaul Maryland commuter coaches


    USA: Maryland Transit Administration announced a $36·8m contract for Bombardier Transportation to overhaul 63 MARC III coaches on February 4. The double-deck commuter cars have been in service for coming up to 17 years. ‘Overhauling our MARC III cars is a cost-effective way to improve the safety and reliability of ...

  • Curry Rail Services has completed a demonstrator Tier 4 compliant shunting locomotive.

    Tier 4 industrial shunting locomotive


    NORTH AMERICA: Tractive Power Corp’s US manufacturing contractor Curry Rail Services has completed a demonstrator Tier 4 compliant version of the TP56 industrial shunting locomotive, which is designed to use off-the-shelf industrial and railway components. The three-axle TP56 locomotive uses half of the frame of an SD40-2 with one ...

  • Norfolk Southern  has announced a plan to become a 'faster, lower cost and more profitable railroad'.

    Norfolk Southern announces cost-cutting plan


    USA: Norfolk Southern Corp announced details of a strategic plan to become a 'faster, lower cost and more profitable railroad' on January 27, saying it expects to achieve annual productivity savings of $130m in 2016 and more than $650m by 2020. The plan is the result of a six-month evaluation ...

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    First Brightline coach shell completed at Siemens plant


    USA: The first stainless steel coach bodyshell for All Aboard Florida’s Brightline project has been completed at Siemens’ Sacramento plant in California. Siemens is to supply an initial five four-car trainsets with a capacity of 240 passengers, which will be top-and-tailed by Siemens Charger diesel locomotives. Siemens said it ...

  • US-Chinese joint venture Vertex Railcar has completed its first batch of sand hopper wagons.

    US-Chinese joint venture delivers first wagons


    USA: The Vertex Railcar Corp joint venture of US and Chinese companies has delivered the first batch of wagons to be assembled at its plant in Wilmington, North Carolina. This follows Association of American Railroads certification which was announced in late December. The first 30 of 60 sand hoppers ...

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    First Metrolink F125 completed


    USA: The first F125 diesel locomotive for Los Angeles commuter rail operator Metrolink is nearing completion at the Electro-Motive Diesel plant in Muncie, Indiana, the operator announced on January 20. Designed for operation at up to 200 km/h, the F125 is EMD’s first new design of passenger diesel locomotive for ...

  • KWG Resources is negotiating a deal for China Railway First Survey & Design Institute Group Co to undertake a feasibility study for a proposed 328 km multi-user railway.

    Ring of Fire railway planned to Big Daddy and Black Horse


    CANADA: Mining exploration company KWG Resources Inc is negotiating a deal for China Railway First Survey & Design Institute Group Co to undertake a feasibility study for the construction and financing of a proposed 328 km multi-user railway which would link mineral deposits in the remote Ring of Fire region ...

  • Ansaldo STS has been awarded a $338m contract to equip the Boston commuter rail network with PTC.

    Ansaldo STS awarded $338m MBTA PTC contract


    USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has awarded Ansaldo STS a $338m contract to equip the Boston commuter rail network with Positive Train Control. The contract includes design, installation, systems integration, commissioning, technical support and documentation. The lines are to be equipped with an integrated PTC package interoperable with both the ...