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  • TekTracking's Safety Light Monitor is designed to measure and verify the operation of signal, level crossing and other safety-critical lights.
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    Light monitoring pilot

    2019-04-19T13:00:00Z

    NORTH AMERICA: A Class 1 railway has ordered a pilot installation of TekTracking's Safety Light Monitor, which is designed to measure and verify the operation of signal, level crossing and other safety-critical lights. The wireless, self-powered and robust multi-sensor devices are designed to operate for more than 10 years without ...

  • The Greenbrier Companies Inc has agreed to acquire the manufacturing business of American Railcar Industries from ITE Management.
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    Greenbrier to acquire American Railcar Industries in $400m deal

    2019-04-18T15:04:04Z

    USA: The Greenbrier Companies Inc has agreed to acquire the manufacturing business of American Railcar Industries from ITE Management in a deal worth $400m. The transaction announced on April 18 is expected to close this year, subject to customary regulatory approvals. The gross purchase price is $430m, including $30m for ...

  • Montréal metropolitan region transport authority EXO has placed a firm order for CRRC Tangshan to supply a further 20 double-deck coaches.
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    Montréal increases CRRC coach order

    2019-04-18T11:00:00Z

    CANADA: Montréal metropolitan region transport authority EXO has placed a firm order for CRRC Tangshan to supply a further 20 double-deck coaches. The deal announced this month is an option on a contract for an initial 24 coaches which was placed in November 2017· It takes the total order to ...

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    Orlando bonds approved as Brightline becomes Virgin Trains USA

    2019-04-09T08:45:59Z

    USA: Virgin Trains USA was granted approval by the Florida Development Finance Corp on April 5 to raise a further $950m in Private Activity Bond sales to fund the second phase of the inter-city passenger project formerly branded as Brightline. The announcement followed an initial sale of $1·75bn in tax-exempt ...

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    Norfolk Southern names transformation team

    2019-04-02T15:05:03Z

    USA: Reporting ‘another year of record financial results’ on March 29, Norfolk Southern Chairman, President & CEO James Squires said the railway had seen strong growth in 2018, achieving an all-time best operating ratio of 65·4 after three consecutive years of improvement and a recording a 9% year-on-year increase in ...

  • The wagon-mounted XLOAD sensors automatically measure, monitor and track hazardous commodities as they are loaded, shipped and unloaded.
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    Sensors to improve tank wagon safety

    2019-03-28T16:00:00Z

    CANADA: The government’s Sustainable Development Technology Canada foundation has provided Calgary-based TransRail Innovation Group with C$1·85m to support the testing and commercialisation of digital sensors designed to increase safety when transporting hazardous liquids by rail. The wagon-mounted XLOAD sensors automatically measure, monitor and track hazardous commodities as they are loaded, ...

  • Genesee & Wyoming Inc subsidiaries Toledo, Peoria & Western Railway Corp and Central Railroad Co of Indianapolis commenced operations on the Winamac Southern Railway and the Kokomo Railroad.
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    Genesee & Wyoming leases two short lines

    2019-03-28T12:01:00Z

    USA: Genesee & Wyoming Inc subsidiaries Toledo, Peoria & Western Railway Corp and Central Railroad Co of Indianapolis commenced operations on the Winamac Southern Railway and the Kokomo Railroad in Indiana under long-term lease agreements on March 22. Terms were not disclosed. The two lines totalling 90 km are being ...

  • Metra has issued a request for proposals for the supply of at least 200 double-deck coaches.
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    Metra seeks commuter coach proposals

    2019-03-25T16:55:15Z

    USA: Chicago commuter operator Metra has issued a request for proposals for the supply of at least 200 double-deck coaches, with options for up to 200 more if funding is available. The operator has said it will accept alternatives to the gallery cars that have been used on its routes ...

  • The Portal Bridge at Kearny on the Northeast Corridor causes delays to rail services when it fails in the 'open' position.
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    FTA stalls federal support for Gateway Programme

    2019-03-20T11:14:54Z

    USA: The Federal Transit Administration on March 18 announced that it had ranked the Gateway Programme to increase rail capacity between New York and New Jersey with a ‘medium to low’ financing status, making it ineligible at present for federal Capital Investment Grants. The ranking applies both to the ...

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    CAI International sells wagons

    2019-03-15T12:00:00Z

    USA: CAI International has agreed to sell 2 146 wagons, approximately 30% of its North American lease fleet, for $200m. The sale of 1 946 wagons was completed on February 26, realising a gain of $7m, while the remaining 200 wagons are currently being manufactured and will be sold ...

  • Routes under threat from the Trump proposal could include the Chicago - Seattle 'Empire Builder'.
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    Buses to replace long-distance Amtrak trains under Trump budget proposal

    2019-03-12T14:05:55Z

    USA: The initial budget proposal for the 2020 financial year issued by President Donald Trump on March 11 would see federal funding for Amtrak long-distance trains eliminated. While the full details of the budget are due to be released on March 18, the initial synopsis from the White House ...

  • Hübner has a major order to supply gangways for New York City Subway trains.
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    Hübner to open US gangway factory

    2019-03-07T13:20:42Z

    USA: Having secured a major order to supply the gangways for new New York City Subway trains, Hübner has announced plans to build a elastomer product factory at Dunlap in Tennessee by 2020. This is to produce moulded parts, silicone seals and sensor-equipped rubber profiles for the US rail and ...

  • SBCTA has ordered three Stadler Flirt DMUs to operate the Arrow service.
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    Redlands Passenger Rail construction contract awarded

    2019-02-26T15:47:56Z

    USA: Construction work for the 14·5 km Redlands Passenger Rail Project in southern California is on course to start later this year, following the selection of Flatiron Construction Corp as preferred bidder for the $154m main works contract. The $312m Redlands project is being promoted by San Bernadino County Transit ...

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    Metra orders rebuilt freight locomotives

    2019-02-22T14:25:00Z

    USA: A $70·9m contract for Progress Rail to supply 15 rebuilt EMD SD70MAC freight locomotives to haul its commuter trains was approved by the board of Chicago operator Metra on February 20. There are options for up to 27 more if funding is made available. The remanufactured locomotives will be ...

  • Californian Governor Gavin Newsom has pledged to complete the Initial Operating Section of the high speed programme, which would be built in the Central Valley.
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    FRA pulls funds from California high speed project

    2019-02-20T13:59:03Z

    USA: The Federal Railroad Administration announced on February 19 that it intended to cancel $929m of federal grant destined for the high speed rail project in California. In addition, FRA ‘is actively exploring every legal option to seek the return from California of $2·5bn in Federal funds FRA previously granted ...

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    BNSF announces $3·57bn capital investment plan

    2019-02-19T15:19:57Z

    USA: BNSF is planning to spend $3·57bn under its 2019 capital investment plan, up from $3·4bn in 2018 and 2017. It said the emphasis would continue to be on maintaining and expanding its 52 000 route-km network in 28 US states and three Canadian provinces. The infrastructure and rolling stock ...

  • A scaling back of the high speed rail project in California was announced by Governor Gavin Newsom in his first State of the State address.
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    California high speed rail plan scaled back

    2019-02-12T21:49:22Z

    USA: A scaling back of the high speed rail project in California was announced by Governor Gavin Newsom in his first State of the State address on February 12. Newsom said the project 'as currently planned' would 'cost too much and take too long', and added that there had been ...

  • The Penn Station Access plan would see four new stations built in the Bronx, to be served by Metro-North commuter trains.
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    Amtrak plans to serve Long Island as Metro-North seeks Penn access

    2019-02-06T14:51:36Z

    USA: Amtrak announced on February 5 that it had reached agreement with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority covering two enhancements to passenger services. The first is a long-standing proposal to allow MTA Metro-North to use Amtrak infrastructure to reach Penn Station in Manhattan, while the second envisages investment to ...

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    CTA investigates Vancouver rail freight

    2019-02-01T15:34:14Z

    CANADA: On January 29 the Canadian Transportation Agency held its first public hearing for an investigation into ‘possible freight rail service issues’ in the Vancouver area. The investigation is looking into whether there is evidence of discriminatory treatment of certain commodities, how freight rail permits and/or embargoes to manage traffic ...

  • ‘Norfolk Southern’s financial results in 2018 clearly demonstrate improved financial performance and our commitment to delivering shareholder value’, said NS Chairman, President & CEO James A Squires.
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    Norfolk Southern announces improved financial performance

    2019-01-31T17:10:00Z

    USA: ‘Norfolk Southern’s financial results in 2018 clearly demonstrate improved financial performance and our commitment to delivering shareholder value’, said NS Chairman, President & CEO James A Squires when presenting the railway’s annual results on January 24. s ‘Our confidence to deliver improved value to our shareholders – as underscored ...