Railway Age - August 2009 - (Page 7)
market North America Amtrak: Selected engineering, architecture, and planning firm TKDA to provide design services for the new Cascades maintenance building, warehouse, and administrative and health/welfare building at the King Street coach yard in Seattle, Wash. The King Street facility services Amtrak’s long distance Empire Builder passenger trains and Sound Transit regional trains. Before Amtrak, the Empire Builder was operated by the Great Northern Railway (now part of BNSF), which TKDA’s founders helped construct more than 100 years ago. Commonwealth Railway (Suffolk, Va.): Will be incorporating RailComm’s Track Warrant Control functionality into its existing Domain Operations Controller System (DOC®). Commonwealth has dispatched trains within CTC territory by accessing RailComm’s web-enabled Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) “pay-as-yougo” delivery model, eliminating capital equipment procurement constraints. Through SaaS, Commonwealth Railway is remotely dispatched by parent Genesee & Wyoming’s Portland & Western Railroad, Salem, Ore. Dallas Area Rapid Transit: Awarded a contract to Parsons Brinckerhoff to provide engineering design services for a RUSSIAN CARBUILDER TAPS U.S. DESIGNER Starfire Engineering & Technologies, Inc. has provided designs for three freight cars to Tikhvin Railway Car Building for use in Russia and Eastern Europe. Starfire has designed a covered hopper, container flat (pictured), and gondola to date.To build these cars,Tikhvin has established an $800 million, 728,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on a former Transmash site 125 miles east of St. Petersburg, Russia. Developed by ICT Group, the facility employs 3,500 people. Freight car series production is scheduled to begin in 2010, with an annual capacity of 10,000 cars.The first cars to be completed are Type 12-9761 76.5-ton bottom-discharge open hoppers.Tikhvin says similar cars account for about 40% of the Russian fleet; around half of these are scheduled for replacement.Tikhvin will also produce heavy castings for contract customers, and a wheel plant with an annual capacity of 50,000 wheelsets is planned. design-build expansion of DART’s Blue Line light rail system. PB is a subcontractor to Austin Bridge & Road LP, the project’s lead. The extension runs 4.5 miles from DART’s existing Downtown Dallas Garland station to a new Downtown Rowlett station. Revenue service is scheduled for December 2012. MTA Metro-North Railroad: Awarded a contract to London-based DeltaRail Group Ltd. to supply the WheelChex® wheel impact load measuring system, which is being installed in the four-track Park Avenue Tunnel serving Grand Central Terminal in New York City. M-N also awarded Ansaldo STS USA an $8.7 million contract to design and furnish 38 pre-wired signal houses and cases for a portion of Metro-North’s New Haven Line, spanning 17 miles, from Woodlawn, N.Y., to Riverside, Conn. The contract is the third ASTS USA has received in recent years from MetroNorth to replace the railroad’s relaybased signaling control system with the microprocessor-based MicroLok II® control system, interconnected over a fiberoptic communications network. State of Wisconsin: Will purchase two 14-car, 420-passenger trainsets from Las Rozas, Spain-based Patentes Talgo S.A. for Amtrak’s Hiawatha between Milwaukee and Chicago. The agreement includes an option to buy two more trainsets if the state gets federal stimulus money to extend rail service from Milwaukee to Madison. Talgo will perform final assembly at facilities to be built in Wisconsin. Amtrak currently operates Talgo equipment on its Cascades service in the Pacific Northwest; Talgo subsidiary Talgo, Inc., is based in Seattle. www.railwayage.com AUGUST 2009 RAILWAY AGE 7
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