Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co. Tuesday announced the appointment of Hugh J. Kiley, Jr. as the company’s new general manager. Kiley succeeds Donald L. Saunders, who has been MBCR’s acting general manager since last March.
Kiley will oversee MBCR’s day-to-day operations and manage the strategic direction for the company, which provides service to more than 140,000 daily passengers who ride the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) regional rail system.
Prior to his appointment, Kiley served as assistant vice president-Operations at Norfolk Southern.
“Hugh brings forty years of railroad experience to MBCR and has coordinated service delivery at all levels of the industry, including commuter and intercity passenger service,” said James F. O’Leary, chairman ofthe MBCR Board of Directors. “Hugh will continue to build upon the company’s record of providing safe, reliable service and delivering superior customer service in Massachusetts.”
“MBCR has an impressive track record of service delivery, continual train performance improvement, and safety in its operation,” said Kiley. “I look forward to working with the leadership team and our diverse workforce to improve service even further in Greater Boston.”
Wilmerding, Pa.-based Wabtec Corp. said Tuesday it has formed a joint venture in China to manufacture transformer oil coolers, generator coolers, and related products for the power generation market. The products are expected to be sold in China and other Asian markets.
The joint venture, Hubei Dengfeng Unifin Electrical Equipment Cooling System Co., Ltd., is owned by Wabtec and Dengfeng, which has operational and marketing expertise in the Chinese power generation market.
“We continue to grow our presence in China, one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing markets for our products,” said Albert J. Neupaver, Wabtec president and chief executive officer. “This joint venture provides a way to leverage the technology and expertise of Unifin International, which we acquired in 2009.”
Several Charlottesville, Va., residents gathered at the train station Oct. 7 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the daily Lynchburg-to-Washington Amtrak train, which stops in Charlottesville.
The Caltrain Board ofDirectors voted to implement a 25-cent increase to the zone fare and toeliminate four midday trains to close a $2.3-million gap in the Fiscal Year2010 operating budget.
RailAmerica, Inc.,reported that its total freight carloads for the month ended September 30, 2010were 72,833, up 8.0 percent from 67,410 in September 2009. These resultsinclude the Ottawa Valley Railway operation.
Greenbrier Rail Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of The
Greenbrier Companies, on Oct. 7 broke ground in western Nebraska on a new wheel
The $20 million North Platte, Nebraska Area Wheel Facility,
which is scheduled to open in January 2012, will supply new and reconditioned
freight car wheelsets. Located in Hershey, Neb., a small town on the Union
Pacific main line 15 miles west of North Platte, home of UP's immense Bailey
Yard, the facility is expected to generate $60 million in annual revenue and
employ 30. The shop will occupy 34 acres and 49,000 square feet, and will be
located on UP's quadruple-track main line. Greenbrier says the shop will be a
"state-of-the-art facility, with in-line, highly automated production."
The shop will be Greenbrier's second facility in Nebraska.
The existing one is located in Omaha. Greenbrier Rail Services operates 21
repair shops, 12 wheel and component facilities, and 4 railcar parts
manufacturing locations throughout the U.S. and Mexico.
Left to right, at the groundbreaking ceremony: Village of
Hershey Mayor Ray Cox, Nebraska Governor David Heineman, Greenbrier Rail
Services President Tim Stuckey, and Union Pacific Vice President-Supply Joe
O'Connor. Prior to the groundbreaking, Tim Stuckey presented Mayor Cox with a
$7,500 contribution to the town's planned tornado early warning system.