All North America articles – Page 7

  • VIA Rail has awarded Rail GD a C$16·4m contract to refurbish four dining cars for use on the trans-continental The Canadian service.
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    VIA Rail dining cars to be refurbished

    2018-10-16T12:57:49Z

    CANADA: National passenger operator VIA Rail has awarded Rail GD a C$16·4m contract to refurbish four dining cars for use on the trans-continental The Canadian service. The stainless steel vehicles were originally built in the 1950s, and VIA Rail said the refurbishment would extend their useful life ‘by a ...

  • Central Japan Railway is among the backers of the Texas Central project, which is intended to use Shinkansen technology.
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    RENFE and ADIF to support Texas Central high speed service

    2018-10-12T09:12:40Z

    USA: On October 10 high speed project promoter Texas Central announced that it had selected Spanish national operator RENFE and infrastructure manager ADIF as ‘strategic partners’ for the 386 km high speed line between Houston and Dallas. The Spanish partners were one of five bidders, Texas Central said. ‘RENFE ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up

    2018-10-11T16:08:58Z

    Steel producer Evraz is to invest US$60m in two automatic full-section wheel machining lines and a wheel geometry laser measuring hub at its plant in Nizhny Tagil. This is expected to see wheel output increase by 78 000 units per year, most of which are for the Russian market. ...

  • Union Pacific has begun the phased roll-out of its Unified Plan 2020 (Photo: David Lustig).
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    Union Pacific launches Unified Plan 2020 to improve performance

    2018-10-08T14:00:00Z

    USA: On October 1 Union Pacific began the phased roll-out of its Unified Plan 2020, an operating plan designed to implement ‘precision scheduled railroading’ principles with the aim of achieving an operating ratio of 60 by 2020 and 55 in the longer term. UP said the implementation of precision scheduled ...

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    Texas Central names contractor and starts engineering design

    2018-10-05T14:05:00Z

    USA: High speed rail promoter Texas Central announced on October 4 that it had appointed Italian civil engineering group Salini Impregilo to lead the civil construction consortium that would build its proposed Houston – Dallas route using Japanese Shinkansen technology. It has also issued a Limited Notice to Proceed, allowing ...

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    Iowa Interstate Railroad orders locomotives

    2018-10-04T08:07:57Z

    USA: Railroad Development Corp’s Iowa Interstate Railroad has ordered three GE Transportation Evolution Series diesel locomotives, which are to be supplied in early 2020 and will be used to haul grain, ethanol, metals and other freight between Chicago and Omaha. The locomotives will be equipped with GE Transportation’s GoLINC networking ...

  • The first Siemens Charger locomotive for Pacific Surfliner services between San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles and San Diego was officially unveiled by Amtrak and Caltrans at Los Angeles Union station on October 1 (Photo: David Lustig).
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    Pacific Surfliner Charger locomotive unveiled

    2018-10-02T13:56:02Z

    USA: The first Siemens Charger locomotive for Pacific Surfliner services between San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles and San Diego was officially unveiled by Amtrak and Caltrans at Los Angeles Union station on October 1. Caltrans has ordered a total of 22 Charger locomotives, using about $100m of state, federal ...

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    World rail freight news round-up

    2018-10-01T07:00:00Z

    Belgian rail freight operator Lineas has opened an operations centre in Mainz to monitor the approximately 200 trains per week that it operates in Germany. According to Business Development Director Jan Elfenhorst, this will support the expansion of the Green Xpress enhanced wagonload network. The company is also planning ...

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    Brightline to develop Las Vegas – Los Angeles corridor

    2018-09-18T20:41:58Z

    USA: Private passenger operator Brightline announced on September 18 its intention to develop a second inter-city corridor linking Las Vegas with southern California. The Fortress Investment Group subsidiary has agreed to acquire the XpressWest project which holds the rights to develop a federally-approved rail corridor paralleling Interstate 15. The group ...

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    Rail market still growing, confirms UNIFE

    2018-09-18T14:30:00Z

    INNOTRANS: Steady growth in the demand for railway products and services can be expected for the next six years, according to the 2018 World Rail Market Study compiled for UNIFE by Roland Berger and launched by UNIFE Chair Sabrina Soussan at InnoTrans on September 18. The seventh biennial study ...

  • The EPA Tier 4 compliant locomotives will be produced at the GE Manufacturing Solutions facility in Fort Worth, Texas.
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    CN orders 60 locomotives

    2018-09-05T12:16:33Z

    CANADA: Canadian National has ordered a further 60 Evolution Series diesel locomotives from GE Transportation, building on an order for 200 placed in December 2017. The EPA Tier 4 compliant locomotives will be produced at the GE Manufacturing Solutions facility in Fort Worth, Texas. They will be equipped with GoLINC ...

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    Repairs to begin as Hudson Bay Railway sold

    2018-09-03T15:10:03Z

    CANADA: Arctic Gateway Group has bought the 1 300 km Hudson Bay Railway and associated port facilities in Churchill from OmniTRAX, the government announced on August 31. This is expected to allow repairs to the flood-damaged infrastructure to get underway with the aim of restoring train services by the winter. ...

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    FRA awards $204m of PTC implementation grants

    2018-08-24T15:58:10Z

    USA: The Federal Railroad Administration announced the award of grants totalling $204m to support 28 Positive Train Control deployment projects in 15 states on August 24. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 provided $250m for PTC implementation. FRA invited applications in May and the selection process was completed in just ...

  • The Greenbrier Companies and Watco have agreed to end their GBW Railcar Services joint venture.
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    GBW Railcar Services joint venture ends

    2018-08-21T12:38:11Z

    USA: The Greenbrier Companies and Watco have agreed to end their GBW Railcar Services joint venture, which was established in July 2014 to bring together the two companies’ workshops to form a national wagon maintenance network. The assets and employees of 12 workshops will return to Greenbrier, with 14 workshops ...

  • New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway has selected Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Railway Net service to support the roll-out of Positive Train Control.
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    NYSW selects ARINC RailwayNet technology

    2018-08-20T15:04:30Z

    USA: New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway has selected Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Railway Net service to support the roll-out of Positive Train Control. NYSW operates a network of more than 600 route-km in the states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, carrying commodities including lumber, construction materials, chemicals, food ...

  • International Rail Partners has made its first short line acquisition, buying Grenada Railroad from Iowa Pacific Holding.
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    International Rail Partners buys its first short line

    2018-08-14T13:57:45Z

    USA: International Rail Partners has made its first short line acquisition, buying Grenada Railroad from Iowa Pacific Holdings and taking over operations on August 2 under a lease-purchase agreement with the North Central Mississippi Regional Railroad Authority which owns the infrastructure. Terms were not disclosed. Oppenheimer & Co acted as ...

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    NJ Transit to invest more as PTC pressure prompts service cuts

    2018-08-09T14:48:18Z

    USA: On August 8 New Jersey Transit announced that it would be spending $3·8bn in the 2019 financial year as the commuter railroad seeks to address an urgent shortfall in investment. NJT is one of the largest commuter rail operations in the USA, running an extensive network of services ...

  • Chinese supplier CRRC has won several contracts in recent years for metro and commuter rail rolling stock from US cities including Boston, for which it is supplying cars for the Orange and Red lines (Photo: David Lustig).
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    US policymakers seek to restrict procurement from Chinese suppliers

    2018-08-06T10:50:20Z

    USA: In the clearest sign yet that US policymakers are seeking to clamp down on Chinese involvement in the transport sector, the Senate on July 31 formally adopted measures which would see a one-year ban on any procurement from Chinese state-owned companies using Federal Transit Administration funding. The ban ...

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    GATX announces long-term wagon order

    2018-08-03T15:22:00Z

    USA: Leasing company GATX Corp has entered into an agreement to purchase 7 650 wagons from American Railcar Industries over five years from April 2019. The order announced on August 1 covers a mix of tank and other types of wagon, and there is an option for up to 4 ...

  • Tupperware station is intended to serve a mixed-use residential, commercial and retail development.
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    SunRail heads south

    2018-08-01T13:01:20Z

    USA: Orlando commuter rail operator SunRail began revenue operations on its 27·4 km southern extension from Sand Lake to Poinciana on July 30. Serving central Florida’s Orange and Osceola counties, the extension adds a further four stations to the 51·5 km route with 12 stations which opened in May ...