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A technical and commercial balancing act
For freight car truck components, total cost of ownership is far more important than initial cost.
Wheel failures: Digging down to the roots
Transportation Technology Center, Inc. joint ventures with Amsted Rail and Texas A&M are exploring the effects of accumulated mileage, high temperatures, and fatigue cracks on vertical split rims.
Factors affecting this year’s “equipment harvest”
Fall is the season of the harvest. This is true for the farmers working their wheat, corn, and soybeans, but also true for many railcar owners. As important as bushel…
CN inaugurates Winnipeg training center
CN on Sept. 9, 2014 officially opened its new employee training center in Winnipeg. The 100,000-square-foot facility is currently hosting 350-plus CN students from across Canada on a weekly basis,…
Strato launches revamped website
Strato, Inc. has launched its revamped website, designed for desktop and mobile devices. “The site features a fresh, new look with dynamic content and responsive design—accessible on your PC, laptop,…
Mitsui Rail Capital promotes Penovich, Gerber
Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC (MRC) has promoted Daniel Penovich to President and Chris Gerber to Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Both MRC executives have extensive experience with MRC as…
For Miner Enterprises, 120 years
Miner Enterprises, one of the railroad industry’s longest-standing supply companies, in 2014 is celebrating 120 years in business.
Wabtec acquires Brazilian manufacturer
Wabtec Corp. said Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 it has acquired Dia-Frag, a manufacturer of friction products based in Monte Alto, Brazil. Dia-Frag has annual sales of about $40 million. Wabtec did…
NYAB, Bendix establish lab at RIT
New York Air Brake LLC and Knorr-Bremse Group sister company Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, working in conjunction with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), have created the Knorr-Bremse North America…
DOT NPRM helps bump up freight car builder stocks
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on DOT 111 tank cars for crude oil and HHFTs (High-Hazard Flammable Trains), specifically the NPRM’s proposal for phasing out older,…
The changing freight car landscape
A shifting traffic base is generating improved designs, and a building boom not seen in years.
ZTR introduces low-profile axle generator
ZTR now offers its Locomotive Axle Generator™ in a PCD (pitch circle diameter, also known as BCD, or bolt circle diameter) 6 X 4.5 bolt pattern. The new device is…
Railhead Corp. marks 50 years
Alsip, Ill.-based Railhead Corp. said Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 that it is celebrating the half-century mark this month.
Brett Holst joins Columbus Castings
Railway supply veteran Brett Holst has joined Columbus Castings as Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing.
Tanks, hoppers drive ARI record 2Q 2014 financials
Based largely on an increase in demand for its tank cars and hopper cars, American Railcar Industries, Inc. (ARI) on July 30, 2014 reported record earnings and revenues for second-quarter 2014.
Trinity posts impressive 2Q 2014 financials
Riding high on a record backlog of freight car orders, Trinity Industries reported second-quarter earnings per common diluted share of $1.01—a 94% increase year-over-year—and quarterly revenue and net income of…
EPA railcar overview: Short-term deliveries rising, with a “formidable” backlog
Economic Planning Associates has once again raised its estimate for 2104-2015 freight car deliveries, based on “a strong first-half 2014” and “a formidable backlog” approaching 100,000 units.
Analysts, legal and financial experts weigh in on DOT’s HHFT NPRM
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued by the U.S. DOT for HHFTs (High-Hazard Flammable Trains) hauling crude oil and other commodities the DOT deems hazardous in tank cars has produced…
“Record results” for Wabtec in 2Q
Wabtec Corp. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, reported "record results" for its second quarter.
GBW Railcar Services marks official launch
The Greenbrier Cos., Inc. and Watco Cos. LLC announced Monday, July 21, 2014, that they "have completed formation of their 50/50 railcar repair joint venture creating the largest independent railcar…
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