All North America articles – Page 8

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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 ...

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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 ...

  • Washington State Department of Transportation has appointed WSP to prepare a business case analysis for an ‘ultra-high speed ground transportation system’ connecting Vancouver, Seattle and Portland.
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    Vancouver – Seattle – Portland high speed rail study

    2018-07-31T10:43:35Z

    NORTH AMERICA: Washington State Department of Transportation has appointed WSP to prepare a business case analysis for an ‘ultra-high speed ground transportation system’ connecting Vancouver, Seattle and Portland. WSP will be assisted by Steer, EnviroIssues, Paladin Partners and Transportation Solutions. The proposed high speed railway would be between 435 and ...

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    Hydrogen engine research grant

    2018-07-23T11:00:00Z

    CANADA: The federal government’s Clean Rail Academic Grant Programme is providing C$25 000 for the University of Windsor’s Hydrogen Enabled Low-Emissions & Fuel Efficient Diesel Engine Combustion Technology for Clean Locomotives project, which aims to develop an experimental diesel engine capable of running on blends of hydrogen and diesel. The ...

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    Vancouver rail upgrade funding

    2018-07-21T06:00:00Z

    CANADA: The Government of Canada is to provide C$167m to support three projects to improve the capacity of railways serving the Port of Vancouver. Two projects are led by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority with investment from CN and CP. They include improving the ventilation of the Thornton Tunnel to ...

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    Loco control and communication connectors

    2018-07-14T06:00:00Z

    CONNECTORS: TE Connectivity’s MU27P connectors are designed to provide reliable control and communication connections between locomotives and rolling stock. The 27-point plugs and receptacles with aluminium shells in five colours can be used for applications such as door controls, public address systems and brake indications. ‘These high-quality units are ...

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    OmniTRAX buys two CSX lines

    2018-07-10T15:29:04Z

    USA: Short line group OmniTRAX has acquired the Alabama & Tennessee River Railway and the Fulton County Railway from CSX. Operations on the two lines have been managed by OmniTRAX for several years, and are expected to continue unchanged. Terms of the acquisitions were not disclosed. The 190 km ATN ...

  • North County Transit District has ordered five Siemens SC-44 Charger diesel-electric locomotives for Coaster commuter services.
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    Charger locos ordered for Coaster commuter services

    2018-07-10T10:35:00Z

    USA: The purchase of five Siemens SC-44 Charger diesel-electric locomotives for use on Coaster commuter services into San Diego was approved by the North County Transit District board at its June meeting. The order is worth more than $37m, which will be funded by the state of California. NCTD ...

  • Schenck Process has obtained US legal-for-trade status for its MultiTrain LegalWeight in-motion wagon weighing system
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    Wagon weighing system for rapid installation

    2018-07-09T09:00:00Z

    USA: Schenck Process has obtained US legal-for-trade status for its MultiTrain LegalWeight in-motion wagon weighing system. This uses instrumented concrete sleepers with high-precision load cells to measure the vertical force applied through the rail with an accuracy of 0·2%. It requires 50 m of straight and level track, works in ...

  • Rail services to Churchill have been suspended since a section of the line was seriously damaged by flooding in May 2017.
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    Hudson Bay Railway sale talks break down

    2018-07-04T15:44:09Z

    CANADA: Talks for the sale of the 1 300 km Hudson Bay Railway and the Port of Churchill to a consortium including two first nations groups and Fairfax Financial have broken down, the HBR subsidiary of US short line group OmniTRAX announced on July 3. Freight and VIA Rail passenger ...