Bombardier Transportation and Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc., are partnering to provide diesel electric locomotives to Southeast Asia and the Pacific region.
Under the arrangement, which builds upon a similar collaboration between both companies at Bombardier’s manufacturing site in Ciudad Sahagun, Mexico, Bombardier will manufacture components, including underframes and bogies, and assemble the EMD locomotives at its Savli facility in India. EMD will provide engineering and quality control and will be responsible for product performance.
“This announcement furthers our commitment to our global customer base, and we fully intend to build upon our heritage,” said Billy Ainsworth, EMD’s president and CEO, in the companies’ announcement. “In September 2011, we announced the opening of a facility in Patli for locomotive traction control systems, and we want to continue to invest in the region with this and other promising projects. Bombardier has been an excellent partner, and we look forward to working with them in India.”
Railserve has appointed Timothy Morrow as plant manager, LEAF Production, Railserve Parts Division.
“As the Railserve LEAF continues to gain acceptance across multiple industries, our company has been developing a stronger manufacturing capability,” said Railserve president Timothy Benjamin in the company’s announcement. “By adding Tim to our team, we will be able to support the increasing demand for our popular green locomotive.”
Morrow comes to Railserve from Guardian Building Products, where he most recently served as senior product development manager. His career with the manufacturer of float glass and fabricated glass products spanned 38 years.
Amsted RPS has named Rigi Chackanad sales manager freight railroads. In this role, she will be responsible for sales and marketing activities for freight customers in the western half of North America.
“We are very excited to have Rigi as part of our team. She brings great energy along with a solid technical background that will help us deliver superior value to our customers,” said John Stout, director of sales at Amsted Rail’s rail fastening division, in the company’s announcement.
Chackanad’s career includes time at Sargent and Lundy Engineering and Consulting as a civil engineer, and most recently as a product engineer for Vossloh Fastening Systems. She received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University.
Tognum Group said today that it will introduce its new MTU Series 4000 R54 locomotive engines for use in North America.
The 12- and 16-cylinder engines are rated at 2,414 hp and 3,218 hp, respectively, and will meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 3 emission standards without exhaust gas aftertreatment, the company said. They will also meet the California Air Resources Board’s “Ultra Low Emission Locomotive” standards, Tognum added.
“Locomotive manufacturers and railroad operators continue to face increasingly stringent emissions requirements and rising fuel costs,” said Dr. Ulrich Dohle, member of the Tognum executive board for technology & operations, in the company’s announcement. “As the North American rail industry continues to grow, we are committed to helping our rail customers in North America overcome these challenges and achieve their business goals.”
Tognum said that cooled exhaust gas recirculation will be used as a core technology inside the engine to reduce nitrogen oxide levels. The engines have a two-stage turbocharging system and MTU’s common-rail injection system, it said. The engines are expected to be available next year.
CSX Transportation moved closer to providing double-stack service to the Port of Baltimore this week, after railroad, state and city officials chose a site for the more than $90 million intermodal facility.
The facility at the Mount Clare train yard will allow the railroad to stack containers on trains from the port’s Seagirt terminal and maximize the carrier’s National Gateway initiative, the $900 million-plus project aimed at improving connections between the Midwest and Atlantic ports. To coincide with the opening of the Panama Canal expansion project, CSX plans to open the facility in 2015.
The intermodal facility, which will use zero-emissions electric crane technology, is expected to cost between $90 and $95 million, with CSX and the Maryland Department of Transportation splitting the bill. CSX plans to spend an additional $42 million on infrastructure to boost Port of Baltimore growth.
“A new rail intermodal facility will help Baltimore keep and grow jobs in the city while securing our port’s future economic growth for the next generation,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “This represents a significant economic investment in Baltimore and we look forward to working with State of Maryland and CSX to review the proposal to utilize an existing rail yard and fully consider all related issues.”
CSX will run single-track trains from Seagirt through the Howard Street Tunnel – a more than 100-year-old structure that is too low to allow double-stacking – to the new facility. The railroad was considering three other sites to enhance service to the port, which saw container traffic jump 15 percent year-over-year in July.
Port Corpus Christi has had a 120-ton switching locomotive repowered, boosting horsepower while reducing emissions.
The locomotive, which the port uses chiefly at its bulk terminal, was repowered by RJ Corman Railpower Locomotives. The existing 1,000 horsepower engine was replaced with two 700 horsepower industrial engines, for a total of 1,400 horsepower. At the same time, the project has lowered the locomotive’s emissions and, through the inclusion of anti-idling technology, reduced fuel consumption as well. The Pollution Prevention Partnership partnered with Port Corpus Christi on the project to provide emissions testing on the engine both before and after the repowering.
“Environmental sustainability is part of our daily operations. The implementation of new technology to reduce emissions provides the support the port needs for a sustainable business growth,” said John LaRue, the port’s executive director, in the port’s announcement.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided a grant in the amount of $1,026,058.24 for the project, and the port matched the grant dollars up to 25%.
ENSCO, Inc., on Sept. 12 said that it has delivered its TrackIT® Track Chart Management System to Amtrak.
The web-based system hosts Amtrak’s official track charts and provides them as either PDF digital copies or as hard copies.
The system, which is a module of the company’s TrackIT® Data Management System, allows track chart information to be updated using Amtrak’s in-house asset database data. Automated and autonomous inspection data can be shown alongside the track charts, ENSCO said.
“On-line access to current infrastructure and inspection records is definitely the direction the industry is going,” said Boris Nejikovsky, ENSCO’s Vice President, Applied Technology and Engineering Division, in a written statement.
Iowa Transportation Commission Approves More Than $4 Million in Loans and Grants for Rail InfrastructureSeptember 11th, 2012
The Iowa Transportation Commission has approved more than $4 million in funding for nine rail infrastructure and related rail development projects under the Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant (RRLG) Program.
The RRLG Program is intended to provide assistance to rail facilities that create jobs and spur economic development and also to assist railroads in preserving and improving the state’s rail transportation system. Applications may be submitted at any time and are reviewed as funding is available.
The Commission provided the following list of projects approved for funding:
|Targeted job creation projects|
|Iowa Falls UP/CN Connector||$ 600,000||$ 300,000|
|Rail network improvement|
|CRANDIC Iowa River Crossing North Bridge||1,500,000||0|
|Planning study grants|
|BJRY Rail/Truck/Barge Planning Study||0||40,000|
|Central Iowa Transloading Facility Feasibility Study||0||100,000|
|Iowa Falls/Hardin County Rail Port Planning Study||0||100,000|
|North Central Ag Park Planning Study||0||80,000|
|Mills County-Pottawattamie County Rail Port Study||0||78,400|
|Sioux City Rail Study Phase II||0||100,000|
|Total recommended funding||$2,844,000||$1,170,400|
Short lines saw intermodal traffic rise a whopping 80.8% year-over-year during the week ending Sept. 1, 2012, according to RMI’s RailConnect Index of Short Line Traffic, to 19,658 carloads.
That increase boosted overall carloads to 137,396, up 5.6% over the same week last year. If intermodal traffic is excluded, short line carloads actually fell 1.2% to 117,738.
Rail traffic once again was mixed on reporting U.S. railroads as well, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said, as the lines originated 292,732 carloads, down 3.4% compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 249,113 trailers and containers, up 6.5% compared with the same week last year.
The AAR said that major U.S. railroads reported increases for 10 of the 20 carload commodity groups compared with the same week in 2011, led by petroleum products, which were up 44.1%; farm products excluding grain, up 22%; and lumber and wood products, up 20.7%. Metallic ores (down 17.2%) and waste and nonferrous scrap scrap (down 16.6%) saw the steepest declines.
Canadian lines reported 79,510 carloads for the week, up 0.1% compared with the same week in 2011, and 54,839 trailers and containers, up 3.9%. Mexican railroads also reported higher carload and intermodal volumes for the week: 14,722 carloads, up 2.3%, and 11,230 trailers and containers, up 12.6%.
FreightCar America, Inc., has named Jeffrey Klamar its new vice president, sourcing.
In that role, he will be responsible for leading the full scope of FCA’s sourcing activities, including direct materials, operating supplies, and capital improvements. He will serve as FreightCar America’s sourcing strategist and will be charged with creating a supply chain to support FCA’s domestic and international business objectives. Klamar will be based at FreightCar America’s Chicago headquarters.
“We are pleased that Jeff has agreed to join our company,” said Terry Heidkamp, senior vice president – operations, in the company’s announcement. “His extensive international sourcing experience within the rail industry and with global heavy equipment manufacturers will enable us to improve the performance of our supply chain. In addition, his strong leadership skills will help us to grow and achieve our strategic objectives.”
Klamar comes to the company from CNH Global N.V., where he most recently served as materials management director at CNH Parts & Service. His career has also encompassed roles at GE Transportation, including as materials manager for its rail repair service business. Klamar has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.