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    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 ...

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    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 ...

  • Wabtec Precision Dispatch

    CN to deploy Wabtec dispatching software


    NORTH AMERICA: Canadian National is to become the launch customer for Wabtec’s Precision Dispatch System, in a move which the supplier says represents ‘a major step toward network automation for CN and the entire rail industry.’ PDS is designed to control the movements of trains safely ...

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    Metro Report International

    São Paulo train door order


    BRAZIL: Wabtec has announced its largest South American train door order, covering the supply of 2 304 doors for 36 eight-car Series 8900 Metropolis trains which Alstom is building for São Paulo suburban lines 8 (Diamante) and 9 (Esmeralda). The EMUs were ordered in July 2021 ...

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    Indian Railways awards automated rolling stock inspection technology contract


    INDIA: Wabtec is to supply Indian Railways’ Central Organisation For Modernisation Of Workshops with 97 sets of lineside equipment for the automated inspection of rolling stock bearings and wheelsets. This forms part of part of a wider programme to improve fleet availability. The Online Monitoring of ...

  • Suzano Wabtec ES44ACi loco

    Brazilian diesel locomotive deliveries


    BRAZIL: Wabtec is to deliver batches of ES44ACi diesel heavy freight locomotives to Rumo, Suzano and MRS in late March and early April. Rumo has ordered five of the locos, Suzano has ordered 17 which will be operated by Rumo, and MRS has ordered three. ...

  • Wabtec NS loco modernisation - front loco is old, back loco is modernised

    Wabtec to modernise 330 Norfolk Southern locomotives


    USA: Norfolk Southern has awarded Wabtec Corp a multi-year contract to rebuild a further 330 Dash 9-44CW diesel locomotives to AC44C6M, improving their efficiency and reducing emissions. The modernised locomotives will feature the FDL Advantage engine upgrade, as well as Trip Optimizer, SmartHPT and Distributed Power ...

  • Wabtec is to supply Union Pacific with 10 FLXdrive locos

    Union Pacific to create ‘world’s largest’ battery-electric loco fleet


    USA: Union Pacific has ordered 20 battery locomotives for trials as part of a plan to create what it says will be the world’s largest fleet of operator-owned battery-electric freight locomotives. Progress Rail is to supply 10 EMD Joule locos and Wabtec 10 FLXdrive locos. Associated ...

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    BHP to trial battery locos on Pilbara iron ore network


    AUSTRALIA: Mining company BHP has awarded Progress Rail and Wabtec contracts to supply four battery locomotives for trials on its Western Australia Iron Ore network from late 2023. Progress Rail is to supply two EMD Joule eight-axle locomotives with a battery capacity of 14·5 MWh, while ...

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    Rio Tinto battery locomotive


    AUSTRALIA: Mining company Rio Tinto has ordered four Wabtec FLXdrive battery locomotives for use in the Pilbara region of Western Australia from 2023. The locos will be used for multiple purposes, initially focused on yard shunting and then main line service. Rio Tinto currently uses three ...

  • Axiom TF25 bogie
    Rail Business UK

    Wagon bogies ordered


    UK: Greenbrier Europe has awarded Wabtec UK’s Axiom Rail Freight business a £8·2m contract to supply TF25 bogies for two batches of 102 tonne box wagons which it is to build in Romania for delivery to the UK in 2022. This year marks the 25th anniversary ...

  • Egyptian National Railways Wabtec ES30Aci Evolution locos

    Egyptian National Railways orders 100 locomotives


    EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has awarded Wabtec a contract for the supply and multi-year maintenance of 100 ES30ACi Evolution Series diesel locomotives. The contract signed in a ceremony on November 8 is part of ENR’s ongoing modernisation programme, and is being funded by the European Bank ...

  • CN Wabtec FLXdrive loco impression

    Canadian National buys battery locomotive


    USA: Canadian National’s Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad has purchased a Wabtec FLXdrive battery-electric freight locomotive, with financial support from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Marine & Rail Freight Movers grant programme. Wabtec’s FLXdrive battery loco is designed to work in multiple with conventional diesel ...

  • Wabtec India EricSujathaGopalin Control room

    Wabtec opens Indian engineering hub


    INDIA: Wabtec has opened a ‘world-class’ rail component design and performance lab at Bengaluru. The facility includes a test area, operations centre and office space with more than 30 custom-built mechanical, electrical and propulsion test rigs which will be used characterise performance, understand failures, predict the ...

  • Wabtec Bochum - Copyright Panattoni

    Wabtec to transfer production from German site to Italy and India


    WABTEC: Plans to transfer production activities from Wabtec’s Bochum site in Germany to Poli in Italy and Hosur in India have been announced, with the loss of around 200 jobs expected by the end of 2023. The brake and coupler manufacturing and maintenance factory at Bochum ...

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    Digitalisation, sustainability and localisation offer opportunities for rolling stock manufacturers


    INTERNATIONAL: Rolling stock manufacturers are optimistic about the future, and the merger of Alstom and Bombardier Transportation could create a European heavyweight able to compete with China’s CRRC, according to the latest Worldwide Rolling Stock Manufacturers market study from SCI Verkehr. Rolling stock manufacturers generated total ...