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    Texas Central targets financial close by next year

    2019-09-20T08:40:00Z

    USA: Dallas – Houston high speed project promoter Texas Central says it is optimistic of securing financial close by the end of next year, which would enable construction to begin. Worth an indicative $20bn, the privately funded high speed railway is intended to link Dallas with ...

  • First State Investments is to acquire 100% short line group Patriot Rail & Ports from SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners.
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    Australian investment group FSI to buy Patriot Rail

    2019-08-28T09:00:00Z

    USA: Australian investment group First State Investments announced an agreement to acquire 100% of the equity of short line group Patriot Rail & Ports from SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners on August 26. Terms were not disclosed. Formed in 2006 and acquired by SteelRiver in 2012, Florida-based Patriot now has ...

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    OmniTRAX acquires Cleveland Commercial Railroad

    2019-08-27T15:49:00Z

    USA: OmniTRAX has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Cleveland Commercial Railroad and its wholly owned subsidiary Cleveland Harbor Belt Railroad for an undisclosed price. The transaction is expected to close by the end of August, with the CCRL to be renamed as the ...

  • The Federal Railroad Administration has announced more than $272m of funding for 10 ‘state of good repair’ projects.
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    FRA announces state of good repair grants

    2019-08-22T11:41:24Z

    USA: The federal government has approved more than $272m of funding for 10 ‘state of good repair’ projects, the Federal Railroad Administration announced on August 21. The money is intended to co-fund works to improve publicly-owned railway infrastructure and the performance of inter-city passenger services. FRA said ...

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    Savage to build and operate Texas rail terminal

    2019-08-15T07:00:00Z

    USA: ExxonMobil and SABIC have appointed Savage to design, build and operate a rail terminal to handle polyethylene traffic at the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures petrochemical plant in San Patricio County, Texas, which they plan to open in 2022. Savage will provide shunting, wagon washing, loading and repair services ...

  • OmniTRAX has agreed to acquire the Winchester & Western Railroad from minerals company Covia Holdings Corp.
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    OmniTRAX to buy Winchester & Western Railroad

    2019-07-26T13:05:59Z

    USA: OmniTRAX has agreed to acquire the Winchester & Western Railroad from minerals company Covia Holdings Corp for $105m in cash, subject to adjustments. The transaction which is expected to close in Q3 2019 includes 470 wagons owned by the railway. Class III railway W& W has two divisions ...

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    BRX’s acquisition of Pioneer Railcorp approved

    2019-07-24T15:00:00Z

    USA: Short line group Pioneer Railcorp announced on July 19 that its shareholders had approved the company’s acquisition by BRX Transportation Holdings, an entity formed by infrastructure investors Brookhaven Rail Partners, Related Infrastructure and private equity investor Stephens Capital Partners. Pioneer Railcorp owns 15 common carrier short lines including ...

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    Norfolk Southern starts TOP 21 roll-out

    2019-07-24T12:31:00Z

    USA: Norfolk Southern has successfully rolled out the first phase of its Thoroughbred Operating Plan 21, covering its wagonload and automotive traffic, the railway confirmed on July 22. Mirroring the principles of the Precision Scheduled Railroading concept adopted by other Class Is, TOP21 is designed to improve system velocity ...

  • Two Knoxville Locomotive Works low-emission diesel locos have entered service on Genesee & Wyoming’s California Northern Railroad following the completion of trials.
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    California Northern Railroad commissions low-emission locos

    2019-07-23T14:47:17Z

    USA: Two Knoxville Locomotive Works low-emission diesel locos have entered service on Genesee & Wyoming’s California Northern Railroad following the completion of trials. The 1·79 MW locomotives have 12-cylinder MTU engines and use selective catalytic reduction technology to meet Tier 4 emissions requirements. They are expected to provide fuel ...

  • Headquartered in Chicago, FreightCar America has facilities at Cherokee in the Shoals region of in Alabama, Grand Island in Nebraska, Johnstown in Pennsylvania, Roanoke in Virginia and Shanghai in China.
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    FreightCar America to close Roanoke factory

    2019-07-23T10:20:00Z

    USA: Wagon manufacturer FreightCar America is to permanently close its factory at Roanoke, Virginia, by mid-November. The company has leased the site from Norfolk Southern since 2005. ‘The closure of our Roanoke facility is another next step in our “Back to Basics” strategy as we continue ...

  • California High-Speed Rail Authority has issued a request for qualifications for its Phase I Track & Systems contract, which has an estimate value of $1·6bn.
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    California High-Speed Rail Authority issues Track & Systems RFQ

    2019-07-23T09:13:24Z

    USA: California High-Speed Rail Authority has issued a request for qualifications for its Phase I Track & Systems contract, which has an estimate value of $1·6bn. This would cover design, construction, and testing of the trackwork, electrification, signalling, train control and other railway systems for the 190 km route ...

  • The first Short Line Safety Institute leadership programme event was hosted by Iowa Northern Railway.
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    Short Line Safety Institute launches leadership programme

    2019-07-19T11:00:00Z

    USA: The Short Line Safety Institute has launched a leadership programme focused on developing new and experienced railway managers’ soft skills including communication, mentoring and coaching. It combines role play, self-assessment and group discussion of topics including delivering constructive feedback, managing to agreement, coaching, building high performing ...

  • owa Northern Railway has awarded Wabtec a contract to provide integrated I-ETMS Positive Train Control, LDRS-V digital video recording and data transfer and analytics capabilities across its entire locomotive fleet by late 2020.
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    Iowa Northern Railway orders integrated PTC package

    2019-07-11T10:00:00Z

    USA: Iowa Northern Railway has awarded Wabtec a contract to provide integrated I-ETMS Positive Train Control, LDRS-V digital video recording and data transfer and analytics capabilities across its entire locomotive fleet by late 2020. The order announced on July 10 is the first such contract won by Wabtec since its ...

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    Eagle Railcar Services buys wagon workshops

    2019-07-10T14:00:00Z

    USA: Eagle Railcar Services has agreed to acquire five wagon workshops along with around 400 employees from Rescar. This will take Eagle Railcar Services’ network to 10 sites employing almost 1 200 full-time staff, and according to the company will make it the largest full-service provider of wagon repair and ...

  • A groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of work on Phase 1 of the South Coast Rail commuter project.
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    South Coast Rail groundbreaking ceremony

    2019-07-08T10:00:05Z

    USA: A groundbreaking ceremony at East Freetown in Massachusetts on July 2 officially marked the start of work on Phase 1 of the South Coast Rail commuter project. The $1·047bn project will extend Boston’s Middleborough Line commuter rail services to Taunton, New Bedford and Fall River, the only major cities ...

  • California High-Speed Rail Authority has published its recommended alignments for two sections of the planned line in northern California.
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    California High-Speed Rail Authority publishes northern route preferences

    2019-07-03T14:56:00Z

    USA: California High-Speed Rail Authority has published its recommended alignments for two sections of the planned line in northern California. Public feedback will now be sought before the board makes a decision in September. Draft environmental documents would then be published in December 2019 and March 2020, ahead of ...

  • A consortium of Brookfield Infrastructure, GIC and Brookfield’s institutional partners have agreed to acquire short line group Genesee & Wyoming Inc in a $8·4bn transaction.
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    Genesee & Wyoming to be acquired in US$8·4bn deal

    2019-07-01T14:32:13Z

    INTERNATIONAL: A consortium of Brookfield Infrastructure, GIC and Brookfield’s institutional partners has agreed to acquire short line group Genesee & Wyoming Inc in a US$8·4bn transaction. The consortium would pay US$112 per share in cash, with G&W becoming a privately held company. ‘We believe this transaction is an ...

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    Virgin Trains breaks ground on Orlando extension

    2019-06-25T14:52:45Z

    USA: Virgin Trains USA held a ‘Red Spike’ groundbreaking ceremony at Orlando International Airport on June 24 to launch construction work on its 275 km Phase 2 extension from West Palm Beach. Contracts were awarded in May for construction of Phase 2, which represents a private-sector investment of $4bn. The ...

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    FRA awards $326m for rail infrastructure works

    2019-06-21T10:55:52Z

    USA: More than $326m in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure & Safety Improvements and Special Transportation Circumstances grant funding for 45 rail infrastructure projects in 29 states has been announced by the Federal Railroad Administration. ‘These investments in inter-city passenger and freight rail will benefit surrounding communities, make grade crossings safer and ...

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    FS Group forms US subsidiary

    2019-06-20T11:00:00Z

    USA: Italian state railway group FS has established FS Italian Railways USA Inc with the aim of developing its activities in the North American market. FS said the mass transit, high speed and freight markets ‘offer interesting growth possibilities, especially in the large metropolitan areas’, thanks to an increase in ...