All Wabtec articles

  • Roy Hill Wabtec FLXdrive battery locomotive

    Pilbara heavy haul battery locomotive unveiled


    AUSTRALIA: A FLXdrive battery-powered heavy haul locomotive for iron ore mining company Roy Hill has been unveiled at Wabtec’s factory at Erie in the USA. ‘This FLXdrive locomotive represents a major step in the journey to a low-to-zero-emission future’, said Wabtec President & CEO Rafael Santana ...

  • New York Subway R-211 car (Photo Marc A Hermann, MTA)
    Metro Report International

    Brakes and couplers ordered as part of New York Subway fleet renewal


    USA: Wabtec is to provide braking systems and couplers for 640 R211 metro cars that Kawasaki Rail Car is to supply to New York City Transit. New York MTA ordered the 640 cars in October 2022 as an option on a January 2018 contract which included ...

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    In depth

    Interview: Making trains even greener


    Wabtec Transit CEO Pascal Schweitzer explains to Nick Kingsley how the tier one supplier is innovating in areas such as brake design and air-conditioning agents to further enhance the sustainability of rolling stock.

  • Wabtec and President Tokayev

    Kazakh hydrogen loco co-operation


    KAZAKHSTAN: National railway KTZ and Wabtec have signed a framework agreement for the production of hydrogen locomotives and the creation of an engineering centre at the LKZ loco factory in Astana. It was signed on September 17 when Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev discussed plans for the ...

  • Cabs for modernised Union Pacific locomotive at Wabtec's Fort Worth plant

    Progress Rail sues Wabtec alleging breach of contract and damaging statements


    USA: Locomotive manufacturer Progress Rail has initiated legal action against competitor Wabtec, alleging monopolistic conduct.

  • FLXdrive 2.0 roof

    Vale to study ammonia fuel and orders battery locos


    BRAZIL: Mining company Vale has ordered three Wabtec FLXdrive battery locomotives to replace diesel traction and is to collaborate with the supplier to investigate the use of ammonia as a potential replacement for diesel fuel. Wabtec will build the FLXdrive battery locomotives at its plant in ...

  • Indonesia locomotive (Photo Wabtec)

    Indonesian locomotive parts agreement


    INDONESIA: Wabtec has announced a multi-year agreement to supply its local partner PT IMECO with spare parts, overhaul kits and training to support national operator PT KAI’s CC206 locomotive fleet. The 150 CM20EMP diesel locomotives were supplied by Wabtec’s predecessor GE Transportation in 2012-16. ‘This is ...

  • CBH Group is to buy 17 Wabtec 1 067 mm gauge diesel locomotives.

    Australian grain shipper orders locos and wagons in growth drive


    AUSTRALIA: Western Australian grain co-operative CBH Group announced an agreement to buy 17 Wabtec 1 067 mm gauge diesel locomotives on June 29, and the following day placed an order for CRRC Meishan to supply 200 standard gauge and 450 narrow gauge hopper wagons. The orders ...

  • Wabtec G&W loco (Photo Wabtec)

    Genesee & Wyoming buys 69 locos for six railways


    USA: Wabtec Corp has announced the largest order to date under its certified pre-owned locomotives programme, with 69 locos to be delivered by December. The order announced on June 27 covers the supply of 35 Dash 9 and 34 Dash 8 locomotives to six Genesee & ...

  • Hong Kong MTR Brush Mk3 battery locomotive
    Metro Report International

    Wabtec to modernise Hong Kong battery locomotives


    CHINA: Hong Kong’s MTR Corp has awarded Wabtec a £12m contract to modernise 25 Mk3 electric-battery maintenance locomotives to improve performance and extend their service life by at least 15 years. The locos were built in the UK in 1996-97 by Brush Traction, which was subsequently ...

  • VLI Wabtec loco order

    Freight loco order to support traffic growth


    BRAZIL: Railway and port operator VLI has awarded Wabtec a R$200m contract to supply nine ES43BBI Evolution Series locomotives to support a growth in freight traffic. The order was signed on March 1 and the first locos are scheduled to be delivered in about 18 months. ...

  • Project Monitor

    Digital freight train innovation project launched


    FRANCE: The MONITOR project has been launched to support the development of digital freight trains by combining radio communication between wagons with brake and bogie monitoring sensors and automated brake testing. The aim is to reduce the risks of derailments and untimely brake applications and to ...

  • Wabtec hydrogen loco conceptual impression

    Wabtec launches hydrogen traction research partnership


    USA: Citing greater awareness of climate change and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Wabtec has entered into collaborative research and development agreements with the Oak Ridge and Argonne National Laboratories to identify potential options for applying hydrogen in the rail industry. Although it expects ...

  • Locomotive

    Wabtec awarded locomotive component maintenance contract


    EUROPE: Leasing company Akiem has awarded Wabtec a five-year contract to maintain Alstom Prima and Traxx locomotive brake components, pantographs and HVAC in France and Germany. The companies will also work together to develop services including additive manufacturing, remote diagnostics and more sustainable HVAC refrigerants. The ...


    Kazakh railway signs battery and LNG loco MoU


    KAZAKHSTAN: National railway KTZ and Wabtec have signed a memorandum of understanding for the production of 150 FLXdrive battery-electric shunting locomotives and the conversion of main line diesel locos to NextFuel liquid natural gas-power. Wabtec is to undertake the work at the LKZ facility in Nur ...

  • Wabtec TPOC
    Rail Business UK

    Wabtec opens first European Transit Performance Optimisation Centre in Derby


    UK: Porterbrook will be the first UK rail customer to use a Transit Performance Optimisation Centre which Wabtec has opened in Derby as part of its expansion into asset analytics and condition monitoring to support predictive maintenance. Wabtec already operates four Global Performance Optimisation Centres in ...

  • Cabs for modernised Union Pacific locomotive at Wabtec's Fort Worth plant

    Union Pacific awards $1bn+ loco modernisation contract


    USA: Union Pacific has awarded Wabtec a contract worth more than $1bn for the modernisation of 525 AC4400 and AC6000 and 75 Dash-9 locomotives. This will include the FDL Advantage engine enhancement and Modular Control Architecture. The modernisation aims to extend the life of the locos ...

  • MARTA Stadler metro train impression
    Metro Report International

    MARTA metro train HVAC contract


    USA: Wabtec is to supply heating, ventilation and air conditioning units for use on 56 four-car CQ400 metro trainsets which Stadler’s Salt Lake City factory is to build for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. The order covers 112 cab HVAC units and 224 units for the ...

  • Manchester Piccadilly station concourse (Photo: Network Rail)
    Rail Business UK

    Rail sector responds to announcement of RMT strike dates


    UK: The RMT union has announced that more than 50 000 railway workers will strike on three days in June, in what it says will be the biggest dispute on the network since 1989. There will be strikes at Network Rail and 13 train operating companies ...

  • FMG locomotive modernised by Wabtec

    US locomotives rebuilt for Australia


    AUSTRALIA: Wabtec is supplying a fleet of modernised diesel locomotives to an Australian customer for the first time, with a contract to rebuild 28 second-hand diesel locomotives for delivery to Fortescue Metals Group over two years. The locos are being rebuilt to the AC44C6M specification at ...