Siemens Mobility

At Metro-North, six new SC-42DM dual-mode (diesel-electric/third-rail) Charger locomotives will replace GE P32AC-DMs, which have either reached or exceeded their projected 25-year lifespan. (Siemens Mobility Photograph)

More Siemens SC-42DMs for Metro-North

Siemens Mobility on Sept. 26 reported that it will supply six additional SC-42DM dual-mode (diesel-electric/third-rail) Charger locomotives to MTA Metro-North Railroad, building on an initial 27-unit order placed in 2020 for the

“Brightline’s Orlando Station sets a new benchmark for transportation between two of Florida’s busiest regions, with a seamless, convenient experience that caters to today’s modern traveler,” Brightline President Patrick Goddard said Sept. 22. (Brightline Photograph)

Welcome Aboard Brightline Orlando!

Brightline’s first train to Orlando, Fla., arrived at 11:05 a.m. on Sept. 22, marking the official start of Miami-to-Orlando passenger rail service, following four years of construction. Bright Pink, built by Siemens Mobility, was greeted by more than 500 elected officials, business leaders, community partners and company leaders, Florida’s private-sector railroad reported.

Image Courtesy of Amtrak

Amtrak Orders 10 Additional Airo™ Trainsets

Amtrak announced Aug. 21 that it has executed a contract to order 10 additional Airo™ trainsets “as demand for passenger rail travel exceeds expectations,” bringing the total contract order to 83.

Pictured are Cando Superintendent Chris Greenaway and Assistant Superintendent Colin Love with Caltrax employees Damen Duczek, MRU Lead, and Kevin Gage, Vac Truck Operator and MRU Technician in the field, at Cando Sturgeon Terminal. (Caption and Photograph Courtesy of Cando Rail and Caltrax)
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Supply Side: Cando/Caltrax; Duos; Railroad Software; Siemens Mobility

Cando Rail & Terminals and Caltrax team to provide railcar cleaning and repair on-site in Alberta, Canada. Also, Duos Technologies installs its 13th Railcar Inspection Portal; Railroad Software earns a spot on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing U.S. private companies; and Siemens Mobility achieves the highest ranking in the EcoVadis Sustainability Rating 2023.

Amtrak said it will bring station elements including parking, station buildings and platforms into accessibility “compliance through a comprehensive multi-year, multi-billion-dollar design and construction program.” (Amtrak Photograph)

Transit Briefs: Amtrak, Brightline

Amtrak reports investing $770 million since 2011 in station accessibility upgrades and is working toward 100% project completion by 2029. Also, Brightline, Florida’s private-sector passenger railroad, launches a redesigned website and new native mobile app ahead of expanded service to Orlando.

Millerbernd Manufacturing, which has produced rings and cylinders for 90 years, intends to manufacture flanges, nozzles, protective housings and fitting plates for tank cars at its Winsted, Minn., facility (pictured).
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Supply Side: Millerbernd Manufacturing Company, Siemens Mobility, Zephyr Rail

Winsted, Minn.-based Millerbernd Manufacturing Company receives Association of American Railroads’ (AAR) certification for tank car components. Also, Siemens Mobility acquires Italian software firm Optrail S.r.l.; and Zephyr Rail earns a spot on Zweig Group’s list of best AEI (architecture, engineering and construction) firms to work for.

Transit Briefs: LA Metro, VIA Rail, SacRT

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) releases its proposed 2023-24 $9 billion budget. Also, Leger Study names VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) “the most reputable company” in the transportation sector; and the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) begins testing new low-floor light rail trains on the tracks.