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Next Generation Train Control (NGTC) has been a popular subject for conferences for a number of years. However, judging by the attendees at past NGTC-related conferences, this is a subject of little interest to the U.S. freight railroads.

Amtrak’s Hoosier State passenger train, which operates four days per week between Indianapolis and Chicago, will revert to railcars, locomotives and on-board services supplied by Amtrak beginning March 1, replacing equipment and services that had been provided by Iowa Pacific Holdings. ...

The Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) Executive Committee on Jan. 27 promoted Urszula Soucie to Chief Operating Officer and Sean Winkler to Director of Advocacy, effectively immediately.

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has awarded a $98 million contract to RailWorks Corp. subsidiary L.K. Comstock & Company Inc., to upgrade the MTA New York City Transit Kings Highway Interlocking plant on the Culver (F) Line/IND 6th Avenue Line in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Railway Supply Institute American Railway Car Institute Committee railcar industry fourth-quarter 2016 order, delivery and backlog statistics indicate 12-14 months of backlog visibility and a move toward a more “normalized” concentration of car types, according to Steve Barger of KeyBanc ...

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) has awarded a $1.37 billion contract to Tutor Perini/O&G Joint Venture to construct phase two of the Purple Line Extension Project.

Spokane, Wash.-based HOTSTART, a leading developer and manufacturer of diesel engine block heaters, is celebrating its 75th anniversary throughout 2017.

BNSF is offering six new BNSF Certified Sites that “are optimal for customer development along its rail network.”

Norfolk Southern reported Jan. 26 that it assisted 71 industries in locating or expanding their businesses along its rail lines in 2016. The 58 new and 13 expanded industries represent an investment of $4.0 billion by NS customers.

MPL Innovations, Inc., a major supplier of solid polymer lubricants for the rail industry, has achieved European UNI EN 16028 Standard (Annex L) certification for train-borne lubricants for its NatureBlend™ product.

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