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AllTranstek expands services

AllTranstek L.L.C. has added Tax & Audit Services to its fleet management offerings, and has named industry veteran John Hoyt as Manager of the newly created service. The company said in created the new service “to respond to the growing demand for assistance in the highly specialized areas of monitoring tax code changes, ad valorem tax compliance and assessment reviews.”

Railcar market recovery remains intact: Cowen

Cowen and Company’s 3Q18 rail equipment survey indicates that the railcar market recovery remains intact, even though the survey’s results were “somewhat mixed,” according to analyst Matt Elkott. The percentage of shippers planning to order railcars “inched up very slightly, while order sizes decreased a bit. We expect strong 3Q18 orders, driven partly by crude tank car and intermodal equipment demand.”

CIT sells European rail unit

CIT Group Inc. has completed the sale of NACCO, its European rail leasing business, in two separate transactions: to German-based VTG Aktiengesellschaft (VTG), and to a consortium of WASCOSA AG and a subsidiary of Aves One AG. Net proceeds were $1.1 billion, based on current exchange rates, and included approximately $1.2 billion in assets, which resulted in a modest pre-tax gain, CIT said.

Railway Interchange 2019 open for business

Exhibit space and sponsorships are now open for sale at Railway Interchange 2019, the largest railway exhibition and technical conference in North America. Indoor and outdoor exhibits will be available at the Minneapolis Convention Center and BNSF Railway’s Northtown yard, respectively. Exhibits will be open September 22-24.

GE, Roy Hill “in the pink”

GE Transportation has joined with Roy Hill, Australia’s single-largest iron ore mine, and Hancock Prospecting to support breast cancer treatment and research with two new ES44ACi locomotives and 130 China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC)-built ore cars painted in a bright pink livery. The equipment, unveiled during an event at Roy Hill’s Port Hedland rail terminal, joins Roy Hill’s existing fleet of 21 GE-powered unit trains.

Rail supply industry contributed $74.2B to GDP

A new report from Oxford Economics has found that the railway supply industry’s total contribution to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017 was $74.2 billion, which highlights the industry’s significant economic impact, said industry stakeholders.

Canada revises tank car phase-outs

Transport Canada on Sept. 19 issued Protective Direction 39, which accelerates phase-out of non-jacketed (no thermal layer of protection) CPC-1232 tank cars for crude oil service as of Nov. 1, 2018, 17 months earlier than originally mandated. In addition, non-jacketed CPC-1232 and older DOT-111 tank cars will be prohibited from transporting condensates as of Jan. 1, 2019, more than six years ahead of schedule.