Calling All ‘Fast Trackers’ Nominations!

Railway Age is now accepting entries for our 2022 “Fast Trackers” 20 Under 40 awards, in which we will profile 20 individuals under the age of 40 who have made an impact in their respective fields or within their company. The deadline is Jan. 7, 2022.

“While industry demand fundamentals remain strong, the pace of recovery is being gated by certain external factors starting with raw material cost inflation,” FreightCar America President and CEO Jim Meyer said during a third-quarter 2021 earnings announcement. He noted that sales inquiries, however, “continue to be very healthy.”

For FreightCar America, ‘Continuing Momentum’ in 3Q21

For third-quarter 2021, FreightCar America, Inc., reported achieving its fourth consecutive quarter of positive gross margin and second consecutive quarter of positive manufacturing operating income—despite a “difficult” railcar model launch—and reiterated its 2021 delivery outlook.

Wabtec has issued a 2021 Sustainability Report, highlighting progress toward key Environmental, Social and Governance initiatives.

Supply Side: Ballard, Harting, Navis, Siemens, Wabtec

Ballard Power Systems has acquired Arcola Energy for $40 million. In addition, Harting has earned a product innovation award for its har-modular® series; Navis has recognized six customers with 2021 Inspire Awards; Siemens Mobility and RazorSecure have teamed to provide enhanced rail cybersecurity monitoring solutions; and Wabtec Corp. has published a 2021 Sustainability Report.

Construction began earlier this year on the C$2.6 billion Valley Line West project in Edmonton (Alberta) from downtown to Lewis Farms. It is expected to wrap up in 5-6 years.

For Edmonton’s Valley Line West, Hyundai Rotem LRVs

The city of Edmonton (Alberta) has selected Hyundai Rotem Co. to supply 40 light rail vehicles for the 8.7-mile (14-kilometer) Valley Line West LRT project.

Bentley Elevates Three Execs

Bentley Systems (BSY), an infrastructure engineering software firm, has promoted Nicholas Cumins to Chief Operating Officer, Werner Andre to Chief Financial Officer, and David Hollister to Chief Investment Officer, effective Jan. 1, 2022.

Tier 4, ‘All Notches, All the Time’

Fullerton, Calif.-based technology company Rail Propulsion Systems LLC (RPS), partnering with the North Carolina DOT, the North Carolina State Clean Tech Center and the Federal Highway Administration, has demonstrated what it’s describing as “the first diesel passenger locomotive in the United States with combined in-use emissions lower than the current EPA Tier 4 standard.”

Laboratory Testing of Reconditioned Bearings

TTCI R&D, RAILWAY AGE NOVEMBER 2021 ISSUE: Roller bearing reconditioning is a common practice in the railroad industry, with 90% of the bearings in revenue service having been through the reconditioning process. Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) is collecting test data on the performance and service life of bearings following reconditioning repairs. The testing for this research project consisted of two phases.

PHMSA, FRA Capping LNG By Rail?

On Nov. 8, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would suspend the transportation of liquefied natural gas by rail “until more research and testing can be done to ensure the safety of moving this commodity by rail.” The NPRM would presumably negate a Final Rule issued in 2019.

Wabtec: Roll Like an Egyptian

Wabtec on Nov. 8 signed contracts with Egyptian National Railways (ENR) to supply 100 ES30ACi Evolution Series Locomotives with a multi-year service and maintenance agreement. The deal, Wabtec said, “support ENR’s continued modernization effort by providing the latest, fuel-efficient locomotives needed for the growing demands on Egypt’s rail infrastructure.

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WOMEN IN RAIL 2021

RAILWAY AGE, NOVEMBER 2021 ISSUE: Railway Age’s Women in Rail awards recognize leaders for driving their businesses forward while making a difference in the industry and in their communities.

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