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    CN and Vossloh sign multi-year supply agreement


    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


    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


    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.

    Four shortlisted to supply Québec – Windsor trainsets


    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.

    Kansas City Southern orders 50 locomotives


    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


    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


    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.

    INFRA funds support Chicago grade-separation


    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.

    Cruise company buys White Pass & Yukon railway


    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.

    GE completes first of 200 CN locomotives


    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


    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


    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 ...

  • Alstom sees hydrogen fuel cell technology as a means to reduce carbon emissions from passenger trains.

    Railway supply industry news round-up


    New Jersey-based supplier of rolling stock and braking components Strato Inc has signed an agreement for GBS Railroad & Mining Services to promote and distribute its products for the rail sector in Australia and New Zealand. Systems and engineering technology consultancy Frazer-Nash has formed a new ...

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    University alliance to promote high speed rail


    INTERNATIONAL: The International Union of Railways has moved to strengthen its nascent network of academic institutions which are intended to work together to promote the development of high speed rail. UIC first announced plans for its alliance of universities at the World Congress on High Speed Rail in Tokyo ...

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    Celebrations as Brightline trains reach Miami


    USA: A weekend of celebrations entitled ‘Welcome to the 305!’, referencing the city’s historic telephone code, marked the launch of Brightline inter-city services to Miami on May 19. Brightline’s first public trains ran in January over the 74 km between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The extension to ...

  • GE Transportation has a diesel locomotive production facility in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo: Dave Lustig)

    Wabtec to merge with GE Transportation


    INDUSTRY: Wabtec Corp has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with GE Transportation, the companies announced on May 21. The transaction is expected to close in early 2019, subject to approval by Wabtec shareholders, and regulatory authorities, making Wabtec ‘a global leader in the rail equipment, software and services ...

  • Ankara hosted the 10th World Congress on High Speed Rail. The next Congress is expected to take place in 2019-20 in China.

    Competition is key as high speed rail keeps growing


    Global ridership has surged by 40% in the three years since UIC last staged its World Congress on High Speed Rail. Yet operators and policymakers must work hard to keep the rail mode ahead as competition grows both in and for the market. Benjámin Zelki reports from the latest summit ...

  • Norfolk Southern has joined technology startup accelerator Plug & Play’s Supply Chain & Logistics Innovation Platform.

    Norfolk Southern to work with Silicon Valley startup accelerator


    USA: Norfolk Southern has joined Silicon Valley technology startup accelerator Plug & Play’s Supply Chain & Logistics Innovation Platform, seeking to engage with companies developing artificial intelligence, machine learning, the industrial internet of things and advanced analytics for supply chains. Plug & Play will identify and connect Norfolk Southern with ...

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    Herzog to provide short line PTC


    USA: Herzog Technologies is to make its Positive Train Control support and hosting services available to smaller freight railroads under an agreement with the American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association announced on May 10. ‘The implementation of PTC is one of the most complex and challenging projects to be ...

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    Kansas City Southern to deploy CloudMoyo software


    USA: CloudMoyo is to deploy its Microsoft Azure cloud-based CloudMoyo Rail Transportation Management software to modernise Kansas City Southern’s Management Control System and provide analytics and artificial intelligence to improve operational efficiency. KCS already uses CloudMoyo’s crew management, business intelligence and analytics packages, and is to deploy CRTM in ...