All North America articles – Page 6

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    Norfolk Southern to move headquarters to Atlanta

    2018-12-18T14:02:14Z

    USA: Norfolk Southern Corp has confirmed its intention to relocate its corporate headquarters from Norfolk in Virginia to Atlanta in Georgia. The railway’s operating team is already based in Atlanta, and the company has previously announced plans to consolidate eight regional dispatching centres in the city. NS announced on December ...

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    President launches Yucatan rail project

    2018-12-17T10:29:53Z

    MEXICO: The Tren Maya project to develop two rail corridors serving the Yucatan Peninsula was formally launched on December 16 by recently-elected President Andrés Manuel López Obrador with a ceremony near the ancient Mayan ruins at Palenque. Expected to take four years to build, the project envisages the development of ...

  • NJ Transit already has a fleet of 429 Bombardier multilevel coaches, which are used as push-pull sets with diesel, electric and electro-diesel locomotives.
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    NJ Transit orders double-deck EMUs from Bombardier

    2018-12-13T10:44:34Z

    USA: A firm order for 113 double-deck EMU cars was approved by the NJ Transit board on December 12. A base contract will be placed with Bombardier Transportation for what the commuter rail operator claims will be ‘the first self-propelled multilevel railcars in the USA’. The contract is valued ...

  • Siemens has been awarded a C$989m contract to supply a fleet of 32 push-pull inter-city trainsets to enter service on the Québec city - Montréal - Toronto - Windsor corridor from 2022, national passenger operator VIA Rail announced.
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    VIA Rail selects Siemens to replace Québec - Windsor corridor fleet

    2018-12-12T19:57:27Z

    CANADA: Siemens has been awarded a C$989m contract to supply a fleet of 32 push-pull inter-city trainsets to enter service on the Québec City - Montréal - Toronto - Windsor corridor from 2022, national passenger operator VIA Rail announced on December 12. Each trainset will be formed of one locomotive ...

  • Vossloh Australia has completed its acquisition of Austrak from Laing O'Rourke.
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    Railway supply industry news round-up

    2018-12-07T08:00:00Z

    Vossloh AG announced on November 30 that it had successfully completed the acquisition of Australian concrete sleeper manufacturer Austrak Pty Ltd from Laing O'Rourke through its Vossloh Australia subsidiary. In future, Austrak will form part of Vossloh’s Tie Technologies business unit, within the Core Components division. Releasing its ...

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    CP launches next-generation grain haulage fleet

    2018-12-05T12:22:00Z

    CANADA: Canadian Pacific formally unveiled its next-generation grain trainsets on December 4, during the opening of an upgraded loading terminal near Moose Jaw attended by Saskatchewan’s Minister of Highways & Infrastructure Lori Carr. Designated High Efficiency Product, the 2 590 m long unit trains are expected to carry 44% more ...

  • The dining car on VIA's first train has been themed to promote the University of Manitoba's Expedition Churchill research project. (Photo: Arctic Gateway Group)
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    Trains return to Churchill

    2018-12-04T15:50:00Z

    CANADA: The first VIA Rail passenger service for 18 months arrived at Churchill in northern Manitoba on December 4, having left Winnipeg two days earlier. Following the arrival of a freight train on November 25, the occasion marked the reopening of the Hudson Bay Railway, which provides the only land ...

  • Brightline has been running scheduled services in southern Florida since January. Photo: Bob Johnston
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    Brightline to negotiate land leases as Orlando – Tampa proposal progresses

    2018-11-30T12:03:26Z

    USA: The state of Florida has chosen to accept a proposal from inter-city passenger company Brightline to develop a route between Orlando and Tampa, largely following trunk roads. Brightline had initially proposed the route as the third phase of its network; Florida Governor Rick Scott then issued a request ...

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    New York MTA to acquire Grand Central Terminal

    2018-11-28T10:46:43Z

    USA: New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has agreed to purchase Grand Central Terminal and sections of the Hudson and Harlem commuter rail lines, correcting what it terms a ‘historical quirk’ of New York infrastructure ownership. The acquisitions, valued at $35m, were approved at an MTA finance committee meeting in ...

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    Wabtec offers hosted PTC back-office for ASLRRA members

    2018-11-22T10:10:00Z

    USA: The American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association has entered into an agreement for Wabtec Railway Electronics to provide Positive Train Control to its member railways using a hosted multi-tenant back office system. This is designed to offer complete PTC back-office functionality within a package which is cost-effective for ...

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    US high speed train safety standards issued

    2018-11-21T12:32:36Z

    USA: The Federal Railroad Administration has amended its safety standards for passenger trains to create a new category covering trains operating at speeds up to 220 miles/h (355 km/h), in what it said was ‘one of the most significant enhancements to the nation’s passenger rail design standards in a century’. ...

  • The Initial Operating Section covers a 190 km high speed line between Madera and northern Bakersfield in California's Central Valley.
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    ‘Serious challenges’ facing California high speed programme

    2018-11-19T13:54:04Z

    USA: The programme to build a high speed rail network through California linking Los Angeles with the San Francisco Bay Area is facing ‘serious challenges’, according to a report issued by the state auditor on November 15. Many of the risks relate to California High Speed Rail Authority’s decision ...

  • An agreement for the launch of Virgin Trains USA has been announced by Virgin Group and private-sector inter-city train operator Brightline.
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    Virgin Trains USA formed by Virgin Group and Brightline

    2018-11-16T16:54:55Z

    USA: A strategic partnership and trademark licensing agreement for the launch of Virgin Trains USA was announced by Virgin Group and private-sector inter-city train operator Brightline on November 16. Subject to certain closing conditions, Virgin Group is to make a minority investment in Brightline, which will be managed and operated ...

  • VIA Rail is to procure 32 push-pull trainsets or multiple-units for its primary Québec - Windsor route. These will initially be used in diesel mode but with provision for future electrification.
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    Private funding needed under C$6bn VIA Rail investment plan

    2018-11-15T10:49:31Z

    CANADA: National passenger operator VIA Rail says that private-sector backing will be needed to support an investment programme worth more than C$6bn over the next decade. Chief Executive Yves Desjardins-Siciliano told the Terrapinn World Rail Festival conference in Amsterdam on November 13 that VIA Rail’s most pressing priority is ...

  • Equity Group Investments has led a group of co-investors including International Rail Partners in a commitment of more than $200m to shortline investor RailUSA.
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    Investors back short line company

    2018-11-08T11:20:00Z

    USA: Sam Zell’s Equity Group Investments has led a group of co-investors including International Rail Partners in a commitment of more than $200m to short line investor RailUSA. Terms have not been disclosed. IRP is led by Gary Marino, who was formerly the founder, President & CEO of short line ...

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    Greenbrier announces 'solid results'

    2018-11-06T08:00:00Z

    GREENBRIER: Wagon manufacturer The Greenbrier Companies has announced net earnings of $151·8m on revenue of $2·5bn for the year to August 31 2018, with adjusted net earnings of $133·9m and adjusted EBITDA of $318·2m, or 12·6% of revenue. A total of 20 900 wagon units were delivered, and orders received ...

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    ITE to acquire American Railcar Industries

    2018-11-01T11:00:00Z

    USA: Industrial and transport investor ITE Management has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire wagon manufacturing, leasing and repair company American Railcar Industries from Icahn Enterprises in a deal worth $1·75bn, including ARI’s net indebtedness. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018. Icahn Enterprises ...

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    BNSF and GE to test battery freight loco

    2018-10-19T14:24:17Z

    USA: A battery-electric main line freight locomotive is to be tested in California from 2020, under a research programme supported by local pollution control grants. BNSF and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District have been awarded $22·6m from the California Air Resource Board under the Zero & Near-Zero ...

  • The first of the Flirt trainsets which Stadler is supplying for the 43 km TEX Rail commuter route linking central Fort Worth with Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has undergone dynamic testing at the airport.
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    TEX Rail trains tested for radar effects

    2018-10-18T16:38:01Z

    USA: The first of the Flirt trainsets which Stadler is supplying for the 43 km TEX Rail commuter route linking central Fort Worth with Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has undergone dynamic testing at the airport. Testing between Dallas Fort Worth Junction and DFW Airport Terminal B station was undertaken with ...

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    Ironhorse Resources acquires Arizona short line

    2018-10-18T13:39:03Z

    USA: Ironhorse Resources has acquired the San Pedro & Southwestern Railroad from ARG Transportation Services, and renamed it as the San Pedro Valley Railroad. The transaction announced on October 17 was handled by specialist company RR Mergers & Acquisitions. The Class III short line serves regional businesses in Cochise County, ...