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Iowa Interstate Railroad orders new GE locomotives

The locomotives will be produced in early 2020. Photo – ge.com Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd. (IAIS) will acquire three new Evolution Series locomotives from GE Transportation, the railroad announced yesterday.The locomotives will be produced in early 2020 and used to transport grains, ethanol, metals and other commodities across Iowa Interstate's network between Chicago and Omaha,…

Massachusetts mayor asks U.S. to drop tariffs on Chinese rail cars

Chinese-state owned rail-car maker CRRC is building Red and Orange line vehicles for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Photo – MBTA Mayor Domenic Sarno of Springfield, Massachusetts, has asked the Trump administration to end tariffs on Chinese-built rail cars.In a letter obtained by New England Public Radio, Sarno told U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that…

Union Pacific to acquire 1,000 refrigerated boxcars

Union Pacific Railroad plans to procure 1,000 high-tech refrigerated boxcars — and up to 1,600 if needed — which would mark one of the largest equipment acquisitions in UP history.Brad Thrasher, UP's vice president-agricultural products, revealed the Class I's plans during a transportation workshop at the Idaho Grower Shippers Association's convention late last month, according…

CN orders 60 more GE locomotives

All the CN locomotives will be produced at GE's plant in Fort Worth, Texas. Photo – GE Transportation's Twitter account CN will purchase another 60 GE Transportation locomotives, expanding the Class I's 200-unit order placed in December 2017, the Class I and GE announced today.All the CN locomotives will be produced at GE's plant in…

WMATA seeks builder for 8000-series rail cars

Exterior and interior renderings of the 8000-series rail cars Photo – WMATA The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the design and construction of at least 256 new 8000-series rail cars.The new units would allow WMATA to retire 2000- and 3000-series cars, which are nearing the end…

Siemens delivers first of 45 new trolley cars to San Diego MTS

Most of the new units will operate along the forthcoming Mid-Coast Trolley expansion. Photo – San Diego MTS The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDMTS) has received the first light-rail car from Siemens as part of a 45-unit order placed in 2016.Siemens late last week delivered the first unit to the agency's downtown rail yard,…

Greenbrier, Watco dissolve rail-car repair joint venture

The tank-car retrofit market never fully materialized, Greenbrier and Watco leaders say. Photo – The Greenbrier Cos. Inc. The Greenbrier Cos. Inc. and Watco Cos. LLC have agreed to discontinue their GBW Railcar Services (GBW) rail-car repair joint venture, the companies jointly announced yesterday.Under a dissolution agreement, the repair shops and employees at each GBW…

Massachusetts Gov. Baker unveils Red Line rail-car mock-up

The new units will feature wider door openings for easier boarding. Photo – MBTA Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker yesterday joined China Railway Rolling Stock Corp. (CRRC) leaders to unveil a mock-up of a new Red Line rail car for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).The mock-up is two-thirds the actual size of the new cars,…

Report: WMATA must rewire new 7000-series rail cars

The repair process is expected to take more than a year, acccording to an internal review. Photo – Federal Transit Administration The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will need to pull 548 of its new 7000-series rail cars from service to address wire crimping defects, according to a recent internal review.The repair process is…