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California's high speed rail project has received an infusion of $29 million to keep the $44 billion project moving, at least until midyear. Short-term borrowing by the state treasurer's office Monday will provide the interim funding, which the California High-Speed Rail Authority requires to cov ...

Wabtec Corp. said Tuesday it has formed a 50-50 joint venture in China to manufacture brake equipment for the Chinese rail market. Wabtec’s domestic partner in the effort is Shenyang Locomotive and Rolling Stock Railways Brakes Co., Ltd., the largest manufacturer of locomotive and freight car brake equipment in China.

The joint venture company, Shenyang CNR Wabtec Railway Brake Technology Company, Ltd., will produce pneumatic control valves and other braking related equipment for freight car builders and overhaulers in China.

“This investment builds on our existing presence in China, the largest rail market outside of North America," said Wabtec President and CEO Albert J. Neupaver in a statement. "Our capabilities and technology will be valuable assets in this rapidly growing market."

"We expect to have a strong impact on the Chinese market through the joint venture's advanced technology, lean production, and high-quality products," said Fang Zhijian, chairman and president of Shenyang Locomotive and Rolling Stock Railways Brakes. 

 

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One of Florida’s leading high speed rail proponents has resigned from the Florida High Speed Rail Authority, citing state indifference to federal HSR funds now available. C.C. “Doc” Dockery (pictured) has submitted his letter of resignation to authority Chairman Lee Chira, expressing displeasure with Florida’s unwillingness to seek any of the $8 billion in federal HSR funding being made available.

dockery_2.jpgChira said that Florida, along with California, are frontrunners to capture much of the federal funding. Industry observers outside the state question such parity between the two states, noting that state Gov. Charlie Crist has declined to endorse any Florida application for such funding, thus continuing the state’s reluctance to commit to HSR under former Gov. Jeb Bush, who terminated the state’s HSR program in 1999 and who tried to force the authority to disband.

By contrast, California has committed almost $10 billion in state funds to its estimated $44 billion network, and is likely to receive federal assistance due to strong backing of the project by the state's powerful congressional delegation.

In 2000, Dockery spent $3 million of his own funds to place a proposed state constitutional amendment on the ballot requiring the state to pursue HSR. Voters passed the measure, and the state legislature created the High Speed Rail Authority, with Dockery serving as one of nine members. Gov. Bush, however, put the issue back on a subsequent ballot, and voters approved a measure to remove any obligation to build HSR within the state.

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CSX Transportation will continue to expand its RailComm Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) system in its Rice Yard, located in Waycross, Ga. RailComm will provide modifications to the existing DOC® server to add control for 39 additional GETS HydraSwitch machines in the pull back and forwarding areas of the yard.

The DOC® system includes redundant auto failover and eNtrance & eXit (NX) routing capability, providing a yard master with selection and cancellation control of individual and through routes within the controlled territory. 

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06 April 2009

Lipfert joins LTK

F. William (“Bill”) Lipfert Jr. has joined LTK Engineering Services as Practice Manager for Operations Planning and Simulation, a newly created position. He will be based in a new LTK office in Lebanon, N.H. Lipfert was formerly a vice president responsible for the computer ...
As interest and opportunities grow in operating higher speed trains on existing freight and passenger rail corridors, the Federal Railroad Administration has awarded a $297,000 Intercity Capital Grant to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for Midwest Regional Rail Initiative to planning. ...
Transportation holding company Regional Rail LLC, Kennett Square, Pa., has acquired the Middletown & New Jersey Railway, which will now be operated as the Middletown & New Jersey Railroad, LLC. ...
For short line holding company OmniTRAX, managing car-hire payables for its 17 properties is its third-largest operating expense, especially since each of its railroads has unique agreements with specific operating criteria. Data accuracy is paramount. ...
Amtrak has awarded a contract to Wi-Tronix®, LLC, Bolingbrook, Ill., to provide remote monitoring for its fleet of 262 diesel-electric locomotives, including  General Electric P38-8 and P42 Genesis units, and Electro-Motive F59-PHI locomotives. Wi-Tronix will be providing a com ...
A draft version of the so-called railroad/shipper compromise bill that the staffs of House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chair James Oberstar (D-Minn., top left) and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chair Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va., bottom left) have been crafting ...
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