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Amtrak: As part of a two-year service agreement, has awarded Eta Phi Systems a project to upgrade the Passenger Information Display System (PIDS) on the Capitol and San Joaquin Corridors, Surfliner Service, and Altamont Commuter Express Line. It includes upgrades to allow ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) announcements, informational messages, and special-event advertising on Amtrak’s newly purchased Daktronics signs. “We rely on the PIDS to convey Capitol Corridor service updates to our riders,” Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority Managing Director David Kutrosky said. “The PIDS has proven to be an effective communications tool. We are pleased to benefit from Amtrak’s latest PIDS improvement initiative in California and look forward to having new state-of-theart displays along our corridor.” Florida DOT: Through its newly created Florida Rail Enterprise, has selected HNTB Corp., and Wilbur Smith Associates, in a joint partnership, as program manager for passenger rail in the state. The two companies will focus on developing the Sunshine State’s high speed rail link between Tampa and Orlando, using the $1.25 billion granted by the federal government to develop Phase 1 of a cross-state route linking Tampa, Orlando, and Miami. The Florida Rail Enterprise, created by the state legislature in 2009, is responsible for planning, constructing, maintaining, operating, and promoting Florida’s HSR system. The Enterprise also is charged with coordinating the development and operation of Florida’s publicly funded passenger rail systems, including southern Florida’s TriRail operations and the SunRail regional rail system proposed for the Orlando area. The HNTB/WSA team will provide overall program support and oversight for planning, design, public outreach, vehicle and systems integration, operations, construction, project controls, and procurement of all contracts on the Florida high speed rail program. Toronto Transit Commission: Faiveley Transport will provide equipment for the 8
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first 204 LRVs being provided by Bombardier Transportation to TTC, which could exercise an option expanding the order to 410 cars. Faiveley will provide a traditional LRV brake system including electronic control, hydraulic power units, and hydraulic calipers. Discs and magnetic track brakes will also be supplied. The hydraulic brake components will be manufactured in North America. Faiveley will also provide the complete door system (four doors per LRV), including a ramp access for disabled passengers. The single- and double-sliding plug doors are electrically powered. Delivery to Bombardier will take place in December and January; delivery of the first 204 LRVs is scheduled to begin in 2014.
Angel Trains (Britain): Awarded a $26 million contract to Wabtec Corp.’s Wabtec Rail subsidiary in England to overhaul 286 electric multiple-unit (EMU) transit cars. The project is expected to run through 2014. The Class 465 and 466 EMUs are currently leased by Angels Trains to London South Eastern Railway. Work will be performed at Wabtec Rail in Doncaster. Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc.: Has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with the Mohawarean Group in Saudi Arabia to form a joint venture, under which EMD would “provide expert service training and technical support to the maintenance and operational personnel for the entire fleet of locomotives in the region.” EMD is producing 25 new high power SD70ACS diesel electric locomotives for the Saudi Railways Co. Lima, Peru, Metro: Awarded a $22 million contract to Bombardier Transportation for its CITYFLO 350 wayside train control package for Line 1. The contract was awarded by Consorcio Tren Eléctrico Lima, a consortium led by the Brazilian civil works company Construtora Noberto Odebrecht and Peruvian counterpart Graña y Monteiro. Equipment and services will be provided by Bombardier teams in Spain and Brazil.
Russia’s ICT Group, an industrial financing and development firm consisting of more than 20 companies in various Russian industries including railways, is principal developer of Tikhvin Railway Car Building Plant (TVSZ), a new, $800 million facility located on a former Transmash site in Tikhvin, 125 miles east of St. Petersburg. The plant will manufacture four types of new-design freight cars—solid-bottom gondolas, hopper cars for mineral fertilizers, flat cars for high-capacity containers, and universal drop-bottom gondolas—designed jointly by Starfire Engineering & Technologies, Lawrence, Kan., and Russia’s Engineering Center of Railcar Builders, St. Petersburg. These cars will employ Barber S-2-R 18-9855 trucks developed by Wabtec’s Standard Car Truck division. Designed for 25-metric-ton axle loads (27.6 U.S. tons), these trucks are based on existing 23.5-metric-ton (25.9 U.S. tons) 18-9810 units, and will be produced at TVSZ. Life-cycle costs are projected to decrease by 50%, while emptycar speeds should increase by 25 mph. TVSZ, which ICT Group is developing to introduce international technologies to the Russian freight car market, is also looking to extend regular maintenance intervals for Russian freight cars to 100,000 kilometers (62,000 miles). The new facility, which employs 3,500 people, has an annual production capacity of 13,000 railcars, 65,000 wheelsets, and 80,000 tons of steel railway castings. TVSZ’s solid-bottom gondola has received certification from the Technical Policy Department and Technical Audit Center of Russian Railways, as well as from the Engineering Center of Railcar Builders testing and engineering departments. Compared to existing equipment, this car decreases empty weight by 1.2 metric tons while increasing capacity by 4 cubic meters through use of smooth plates for carbody sheets. TVSZ has just signed 30 contracts worth $300 million for the foundry and railcar production sections of the plant. Process, engineering, and measurement equipment vendors include Siemens VAI (Germany), melting shop; Danobat (Spain), automatic wheelset manufacturing and castings machining; Eisenmann (Germany), railcar, wheelset, and castings paint lines; ALTA (Czech Republic), gondola and hopper car center sill welding line; Heinrich Wagner Sinto (Germany), castings molding line; Laempe (Germany), core production; CAN-ENG (Canada), heat-treatment furnaces; KUKA (Germany), robotized welding equipment and press brakes; Bradbury (U.S.), rolling mill; Whitney (U.S.), plasma cutting; LVD (Belgium), press brakes and guillotine shears; and Vollert (Germany), transfer tables. TVSZ expects to commission the new plant by year-end 2010, with production under way by early 2011.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Railway Age - April 2010
Railway Age - April 2010
From The Editor
Regional Railroad Of The Year
Short Lines In The Buffett Era
Short Line Of The Year
Great Expectations In Hard Times
Short Line/Regional Perspective
Getting Better With The Basics
100 Years Ago
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