All North America articles – Page 2

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    MBTA orders double-deck coaches


    USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has awarded Hyundai Rotem a $278·5m sole-source contract to supply 80 double-deck coaches. These will replace single deck vehicles to increase capacity on the Boston commuter rail network by more than 14 000 seats/day. A $41m contract for engineering and programme ...

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    Ceremonies mark start of Dallas Silver Line construction


    Dallas Silver Line USA: Dallas Area Rapid Transit held a series of ground-breaking ceremonies along the route of the future Silver Line on September 19 to officially launch construction of the $1·1bn commuter railway in the northern suburbs of Dallas. Previously known as the ...

  • MotivePower diesel-electric locomotive for MTA New York City Transit works trains.

    Wabtec to close MotivePower plant


    USA: Wabtec is to end locomotive production at the MotivePower plant in Boise, Idaho, by early 2020, with manufacturing to be consolidated at the former GE Transportation site in Erie, Pennsylvania. ‘Decisions like this are never easy but will help simplify and optimise the company’s manufacturing ...

  • Headquartered in Chicago, FreightCar America has facilities at Cherokee in the Shoals region of in Alabama, Grand Island in Nebraska, Johnstown in Pennsylvania, Roanoke in Virginia and Shanghai in China.

    Mexican wagon manufacturing joint venture announced


    MEXICO: US wagon manufacturer FreightCar America and heavy fabrication company Fabricaciones y Servicios de México have announced a joint venture to produce wagons in Castaños. FreightCar America is committing US$25m of assets and cash, and will consolidate and control the joint venture; profits and losses will ...

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    Texas Central targets financial close by next year


    USA: Dallas – Houston high speed project promoter Texas Central says it is optimistic of securing financial close by the end of next year, which would enable construction to begin. Worth an indicative $20bn, the privately funded high speed railway is intended to link Dallas with ...

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    Long Island Rail Road M-9 cars enter service


    MTA Long Island Rail Road has put the first of its Kawasaki M-9 EMUs into service (Photo: Joseph M Calisi) USA: New York commuter operator MTA Long Island Rail Road has put the first of its Kawasaki M-9 electric multiple-unit cars into service. The 750 V ...

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    RJ Corman Railroad Co leases Childersburg Line


    USA: RJ Corman Railroad Co has finalised a long-term agreement to lease a 21 km short line in Coosa Pines, Alabama, from the City of Childersburg Local Redevelopment Authority. Branded by RJ Corman as the Childersburg Line, the railway carries a diverse range of inbound and ...

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    CN to acquire Massena line from CSX


    NORTH AMERICA: CN has signed an agreement to acquire CSX’s 350 km Massena line which runs from Valleyfield in Québec to Woodard in New York state. The route serves cities including Beauharnois and Huntingdon in Canada and Massena, Norwood, Potsdam and Gouverneur in the USA. ...

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    Metrolinx orders double-deck coaches


    CANADA: Ontario transport authority Metrolinx has ordered a further 36 double-deck coaches from Bombardier Transportation to bolster GO Transit services in the Toronto area. The 31 standard and five accessible BiLevel cars will be produced Bombardier’s Thunder Bay plant. ‘Our government is committed to building the ...

  • OmniTRAX has agreed to acquire the Winchester & Western Railroad from minerals company Covia Holdings Corp.

    Winchester & Western Railroad sold


    USA: OmniTRAX announced on September 11 that it had completed its previously-announced $105m acquisition of Winchester Western Railroad from minerals company Covia Holdings Corp. Class III railway W W has two divisions totalling 160 km, with an 85 km route in the Shenandoah Valley ...

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    LB Foster boosts Rail division


    LB FOSTER: Rail infrastructure, engineering and technology specialist LB Foster has announced a series of management changes in its Rail division. Greg Lippard Greg Lippard has been named Vice-President, Rail. In addition to his responsibilities for the Rail Distribution, Allegheny Rail Products and Transit ...

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    Tsunami Gate wagon to make a splash at Railway Interchange


    USA: A patent-pending Tsunami Gate door system that allows shippers to customise grain discharge speeds is at the heart of the latest design of covered hopper wagon to be developed by The Greenbrier Companies. The 147 m 3 capacity wagon can be emptied in 30 ...

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    Icomera wins GO Transit wi-fi contract


    CANADA: Transport authority Metrolinx has selected Icomera to roll-out wi-fi and an entertainment system across the GO Transit fleet of 943 rail vehicles and 532 buses in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas. Installation is scheduled to begin later this year, with the first wi-fi expected ...

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    Gaspésie railway rehabilitation funding


    CANADA: The Canadian government’s Disaster Mitigation Adaptation Fund is to provide C$45·8m for the rehabilitation of a section of the provincially-owned railway to Gaspésie in Quebéc. The section has been out of use since 2015 because of the poor condition of the ...

  • First State Investments is to acquire 100% short line group Patriot Rail & Ports from SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners.

    Australian investment group FSI to buy Patriot Rail


    USA: Australian investment group First State Investments announced an agreement to acquire 100% of the equity of short line group Patriot Rail & Ports from SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners on August 26. Terms were not disclosed. Formed in 2006 and acquired by SteelRiver in 2012, Florida-based Patriot now has ...

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    OmniTRAX acquires Cleveland Commercial Railroad


    USA: OmniTRAX has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Cleveland Commercial Railroad and its wholly owned subsidiary Cleveland Harbor Belt Railroad for an undisclosed price. The transaction is expected to close by the end of August, with the CCRL to be renamed as the ...

  • The Federal Railroad Administration has announced more than $272m of funding for 10 ‘state of good repair’ projects.

    FRA announces state of good repair grants


    USA: The federal government has approved more than $272m of funding for 10 ‘state of good repair’ projects, the Federal Railroad Administration announced on August 21. The money is intended to co-fund works to improve publicly-owned railway infrastructure and the performance of inter-city passenger services. FRA said ...

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    Savage to build and operate Texas rail terminal


    USA: ExxonMobil and SABIC have appointed Savage to design, build and operate a rail terminal to handle polyethylene traffic at the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures petrochemical plant in San Patricio County, Texas, which they plan to open in 2022. Savage will provide shunting, wagon washing, loading and repair services ...

  • The first project covers track upgrades on the Great Sandhills Railway short line which runs from Burstall, Saskatchewan, to the Canadian Pacific main line outside Swift Current.

    Canadian government funds rail capacity works


    CANADA: The government has announced C$12·4m of funding for two projects designed to enhance rail freight capacity, reduce bottlenecks and increase competition by offering shippers access to two railways. The first project covers track upgrades on the Great Sandhills Railway short line which runs from Burstall, Saskatchewan, ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    Genesee & Wyoming subsidiary Freightliner has successfully operated a 4 624 tonne ‘jumbo train’ of aggregates from Merehead in Somerset to Acton in London, which it described as ‘the heaviest freight train currently running in the UK’. This was a trial run ahead of Freightliner taking over the haulage ...