Amsted Rail opens transit division

Amsted Rail, the longtime supplier of trucks and related components to the freight rail market, has unveiled Amsted Rail Transit, a broad portfolio of products for the passenger rail sector.

New from Amsted Rail: TrakMaster™

How many times can the three-piece freight car truck—which has been in use since the 19th century—be improved? For Amsted Rail, there appears to be no limit.

IONX digitizing Ermewa leased railcars

Amsted Rail’s IONX LLC subsidiary is providing its digital asset monitoring solutions to European railcar lessor Ermewa Group.

Greenbrier ups stake in LatAm car builder

The Greenbrier Companies announced it completed its investment in Brazil-based Amsted-Maxion Equipamentos E Serviços Ferroviários S.A.

IONX, German railroad testing wireless intra-train communications

IONX LLC, a unit of Amsted Rail, and Germany-based rail freight operator Havelländische Eisenbahn (HVLE) have initiated field testing of its standards-based wireless intra-train communication system in freight rail revenue service.

Amsted Rail agrees to acquire Amsted Rail-Faiveley brake components business

Amsted Rail announced Oct. 28 that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% ownership of the Amsted Rail-Faiveley brake component business for freight cars.

Amsted Rail, GE form strategic partnership

Amsted Rail and GE Transportation have formed a joint venture “to combine GE’s experience in train management and locomotive monitoring with Amsted Rail’s expertise in onboard monitoring of railcar component condition,” the companies said in an announcement. It’s “the first ever integrated onboard train monitoring platform for the freight rail industry.”

Amsted Rail idling Bessemer wheel facility

Citing “reductions in new railcar demand and improved efficiencies of the railroads in North America for the foreseeable future,” Amsted Rail is temporarily idling its Bessemer, Ala., Griffin® wheel facility. Amsted Rail expects to accomplish this before the end of September 2016.

US associations present the ‘American Way’ at InnoTrans 2016

Four of the most important industrial associations in the USA—the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA), the Railway Supply Institute (RSI), the Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc. (RSSI) and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA)—are coming to InnoTrans in Berlin Sept. 20-23, 2016, in order to “present a concentrated display of their country’s economic strengths in the rail transport sector.”

Amsted Rail to produce one million wheels for CN

Canadian National Railway (CN) announced on Dec. 10, 2015 a new long-term contract with Amsted Rail to produce one million wheels for use at its Transcona mechanical facility.