All North America articles – Page 8

  • 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 ...

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    CN and Vossloh sign multi-year supply agreement

    2018-07-03T14:14:03Z

    NORTH AMERICA: Vossloh’s Customized Modules division has signed a multi-year framework agreement covering the supply of specialised track including turnouts to Canadian National Railway. Announcing the deal on July 3, Vossloh said it would use production capacity at one of its existing locations in order to react quickly to CN’s ...

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    Amtrak plans Amfleet I replacement

    2018-07-02T13:36:20Z

    USA: Amtrak has issued a request for information seeking to explore options for ‘all types of rail vehicles including coach cars, trainsets and self-propelled units’ that could eventually replace its Amfleet I coaches. The single-deck coaches supplied by Budd in the 1970s are used primarily on shorter-distance routes east of ...

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    Progress Rail to rebuild 30 CP locos

    2018-06-28T11:00:00Z

    CANADA: Canadian Pacific has awarded Progress Rail a contract to modernise 30 SD90MAC locomotives to the SD70ACU specification. Major components will be remanufactured to improve performance and reliability, including the existing EMD 710 engines, and the locos will be fitted with new traction control systems and cabs meeting the latest ...

  • Four companies have prequalified for a contract to replace VIA Rail's Québec city – Windsor fleet.
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    Four shortlisted to supply Québec – Windsor trainsets

    2018-06-22T15:15:16Z

    CANADA: Four companies have prequalified to submit proposals for the supply of trainsets to replace the fleet which national passenger operator VIA Rail currently uses on the Québec city – Windsor corridor. They are Bombardier Transportation Canada, Siemens Canada, Stadler US and Talgo. The shortlist announced on June 18 follows ...

  • Kansas City Southern has ordered 50 GE Transportation diesel locomotives.
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    Kansas City Southern orders 50 locomotives

    2018-06-21T13:12:31Z

    NORTH AMERICA: Kansas City Southern announced an order for a total of 50 GE Transportation diesel locomotives for its US and Mexican subsidiaries on June 21. The Tier 4-compliant Evolution Series locomotives are to be produced at the GE Manufacturing Solutions plant at Fort Worth in Texas for delivery from ...

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    Connecticut regional passenger service launched

    2018-06-19T09:17:50Z

    USA: Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy joined federal, state, and local officials on June 16 to mark the launch of CTrail commuter rail services along a 100 km route linking New Haven and Hartford in Connecticut with Springfield, Massachusetts. The line is shared with Amtrak services, and the national passenger ...

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    World rail freight news round-up

    2018-06-11T07:00:00Z

    On June 1 RJ Corman Railroad Switching Co began providing shunting and track maintenance services at chemical and plastic company SABIC’s plant in Montgomery, Alabama. RJ Corman is providing 12 employees handling 1 000 wagons/month. ‘Our diversity of services played a key role in establishing a relationship with SABIC’, said ...

  • The busy CSX crossing over 71st Street in south Chicago will be eliminated by construction of the Forest Hill Flyover.
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    INFRA funds support Chicago grade-separation

    2018-06-08T14:18:07Z

    USA: The federal Department of Transportation has approved a $132m grant towards the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project in Chicago, which forms part of the CREATE PPP programme to eliminate rail bottlenecks around the city. The largest single package of works in the programme, the $1bn 75th Street project is ...

  • Cruise holiday company Carnival Corp has agreed to acquire the White Pass & Yukon Route railway, port and retail operations.
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    Cruise company buys White Pass & Yukon railway

    2018-06-07T10:08:39Z

    NORTH AMERICA: Cruise holiday company Carnival Corp has agreed to acquire the White Pass & Yukon Route railway, port and retail operations from Canadian golf club company TWC Enterprises Ltd for US$290m. Built during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898, closed in 1982 and revived in 1988 as a tourist ...

  • GE Transportation has completed the first of 200 locomotives which are to be supplied to CN under a multi-year purchase agreement.
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    GE completes first of 200 CN locomotives

    2018-06-06T11:37:29Z

    CANADA: The first of 200 diesel locomotives which are to be supplied to CN under a multi-year purchase agreement has been completed at GE Transportation’s plant at Fort Worth in Texas. GE said the deal signed in December 2017 was the largest locomotive contract which a Class 1 railway had ...

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    Amtrak seeks to replace or rebuild long-distance locos

    2018-06-05T14:36:47Z

    USA: Amtrak has issued a request for proposals for either the supply of 50 to 75 ‘next generation’ diesel-electric locomotives or the rebuilding of existing General Electric P42 locomotives with AC traction equipment. There would be options to buy or rebuild further locomotives. The new or rebuilt locomotives would primarily ...

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    Agreement in principle to revive Hudson Bay Railway

    2018-06-04T08:00:00Z

    CANADA: Agreement in principle has been reached for the transfer of ownership of the Hudson Bay Railway and the reinstatement services to Churchill in northern Manitoba by winter 2018, the federal government announced on May 30. Short line group OmniTRAX purchased the 1 300 km HBR from Canadian National in ...