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Rick Corman, 1955-2013
Richard J. “Rick" Corman, founder of R. J. Corman Railroad Group, died the morning of Aug. 23, 2013, following a 12-year battle with multiple myeloma. Corman died at his home…
FRA issues RFP for PRIIA 305 HrSR locomotives
The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for 35 high-performance diesel-electric locomotives built to standardized technical specifications developed by the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act…
Amtrak ACS-64 testing under way
Amtrak’s new ACS-64 (Cities Sprinter) electric locomotives from Siemens Mobility are now in a comprehensive and rigorous testing program in preparation for entering service on the Washington-Philadelphia-New York-Boston Northeast Corridor…
UP: A return to steam for Big Boy 4014
One of the largest and perhaps most famous steam locomotives ever built—Union Pacific’s articulated 4-8-8-4 “Big Boy” No. 4014—will be restored to operating condition by UP’s Cheyenne, Wyo.-based Heritage Fleet…
CMA, LRIW set Railway Interchange 2013 agendas
The Coordinated Mechanical Associations—comprising the Air Brake Association (ABA), International Association of Railroad Operating Officers (IAROO), Locomotive Maintenance Officers Association (LMOA), Mechanical Association Railcar Technical Services (MARTS)—and the League of…
MBTA bumps locomotive order to 40 units
MotivePower, a unit of Wabtec Corp., has signed a contract with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to supply 13 additional, next-generation HSP46 passenger locomotives to be delivered in 2014. The…
New Affiliate, Associate members join AAR
The Association of American Railroads last month added one new Railroad Affiliate Member and four new Associate Members.
MotivePower gets order from Australian lessor
Wabtec Corp. said Wednesday, June 5, 2013 its MotivePower subsidiary has received an order to build six additional locomotives for CFCLA Rail JV Pty Ltd., a joint venture of CFCL…
For EMD, a passenger rail rebirth
After an absence of 12 years, Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. (a subsidiary of the Progress Rail Services Corp. division of Caterpillar Inc.’s Rail Division) has reentered the passenger locomotive market.
LNG power: A history lesson
Is LNG the locomotive fuel of the future? Will it, over time, replace diesel, much like diesel supplanted steam during the 1940s and 1950s? Or will it be used in…
RSI, REMSA to co-host USA Pavilion at Brazilian trade show
The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) and Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) will be co-hosting the USA Pavilion at the Business on Rails trade show, Nov. 5-7, 2013, in São Paulo,…
Executive changes at Wabtec
Wabtec Corp. has named Albert J. Neupaver Chairman and CEO, and Raymond T. Betler President and Chief Operating Officer. Their appointments were effective May 14.
Siemens unveils first Amtrak Cities Sprinter locomotive
Amtrak said early May 13 the first of 70 ACS-64 (Amtrak Cities Sprinter, 6.4 MW/8,320 hp) electric locomotives for the Northeast Corridor rolled off the Siemens Mobility assembly line in…
LNG: Locomotive fuel of the future?
Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of excitement among the Wall Street analyst crowd over LNG (liquefied natural gas) and its potential as a locomotive fuel. The railroads have been…
FEC revives the Champion’s livery
In 1939, the Florida East Coast Railway and the Atlantic Coast Line premiered new streamlined passenger trains featuring striking art-deco-style paint schemes applied to the recently introduced EMD E3A diesel-electric…
NJ Transit gets disaster relief funds
New Jersey's two U.S. Senators late Thursday announced $144.4 million in federal disaster relief for New Jersey Transit, which will be used by the corporation mostly to repair rail facilities…
Miller Felpax to expand facilities
Miller Felpax Corporation plans to expand its facilities by 20% to include additional offices, warehousing, and training and innovation lab facilities.
CN, AMT spar over Montreal locomotive use
A dispute over locomotive operations in the Montreal metropolitan area is pitting CN against regional rail operator Agence Métropolitaine de Transport (AMT). CN, which owns right-of-way used by AMT, is…
Metrolink set to get Tier 4 locomotives
Southern California's Metrolink will receive funds from the Carl Moyer Program to procure up to 20 new low-emission Tier 4 locomotives. The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Governing…
VMV Paducahbilt to expand Kentucky facility
NRC Acquisition Co. LLC, doing business as VMV Paducahbilt, a provider of new and remanufactured locomotives, locomotive products and wheel services, plans to expand its Paducah, Ky., operations, which should…
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