All North America articles – Page 7

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...