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Metra to reissue rail-car RFP

The news comes after the railroad received just one response to its initial request for new bi-level gallery cars. Photo – Metra Metra plans to reissue its request for proposals (RFP) for new rail cars and open it up to alternative car designs.The railroad opted to reissue the RFP after receiving only one response to…

NCTD to buy five new Siemens locomotives

The new units are expected to reduce emissions by 90 percent compared to NCTD's existing locomotives. Photo – NCTD The North County Transit District (NCTD) of San Diego has approved a $37 million order for five diesel-electric Siemens Charger locomotives.The locomotives will replace units that are up to 43 years old, NCTD and Siemens officials…

Amtrak considers replacing Amfleet I equipment

First introduced in 1975, the more than 450 Amfleet coach and cafe cars – recognized by their rounded, tubular stainless steel bodies and aerodynamic fluting – are used primarily on routes east of the Mississippi River such as the Northeast Regional, Carolinian and Illinois Service trains. Photo – history.amtrak.com Amtrak yesterday issued a request for…

CP contracts with Progress Rail to rebuild locomotives

Progress Rail will modernize the units at its plants in Mayfield, Kentucky, and Muncie, Indiana. Photo – progressrail.com Canadian Pacific has awarded a contract to rebuild 30 EMD locomotives to Progress Rail, which will remanufacture the units at plants in Indiana and Kentucky.Once fully remanufactured, the freight locomotives will primarily serve in heavy haul applications.…

Kansas City Southern to acquire 50 GE locomotives

The first units will be delivered in early 2019. Photo – GE Transportation Kansas City Southern will acquire 50 new locomotives from GE Transportation for the railroad's subsidiaries in the United States and Mexico, the companies announced today.The first units are expected to be delivered in early 2019. The agreement includes digital solutions to help…

VIA Rail considers four train manufacturers for new rail fleet

The railroad evaluated the companies' applications based on technical quality, financial capabilities and any potential conflicts of interest. Photo – viarail.ca VIA Rail Canada Inc. earlier this week unveiled a list of four companies chosen to participate in a request for proposals (RFP) to replace the railroad's rolling stock along the Quebec City-Windsor corridor.The qualified…

Montreal transit agency gets green light to buy more Azur trains

An Azur train during the testing phase. Photo – Societe de transport de Montreal Quebec government leaders have adopted special legislation that will pave the way for the Societe de transport de Montreal (STM) to acquire new Azur subway trains.The move will allow STM to order additional Azur units from the Bombardier plant in La…

CP unveils plan to order 5,900 grain hopper cars

The railroad's plan to revitalize its hopper-car fleet will start with an order for 1,000 cars from National Steel Car. Photo – cpr.ca Canadian Pacific will spend more than a half-billion Canadian dollars on new high-capacity grain hopper cars to serve CP grain shippers, the Class I announced today.The railroad's plan to revitalize its hopper-car…