Thursday, March 08, 2012

Wabtec to supply Amtrak car components

Written by  Luther S. Miller, Senior Consulting Editor

Wabtec Corp. will supply components for 130 new Amtrak passenger cars being built CAF USA, Inc. a railcar builder with manufacturing facilities in New York state. The cars are scheduled for delivery in 2013-14. Amtrak has an option to purchase an additional 70 cars from CAF.

Wabtec will provide braking equipment, door operating systems, sanitation systems, springs, draft gears and HVAC equipment.

"These vehicles will augment and in some cases replace Amtrak's current Viewliner fleet of Sleeper, Diner, Baggage and Bag/Dorm cars, which are currently between 20 and 40 years old, "said Albert J. Neupaver, president and chief executive officer of Wabtec. "We're pleased to be working with CAF on this important project to modernize Amtrak's fleet."