Amtrak Cascades Schedules Adjusted Based on Experience with Substitute Railcars

August 30, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

OAKLAND — Additional Amtrak railcars — coming from as far away as the East Coast — have arrived in the Pacific Northwest as a substitute for Talgo railcars that are sidelined because of a maintenance issue, Amtrak said. Motorcoaches are also available, with buses covering some of the scheduled train frequencies. New schedules will start Wednesday, Sept. 5. “One of the advantages of Amtrak as an operator of state-supported service is a nationwide equipment pool with experts in operations and scheduling,” said Kurt Laird, the Seattle-based Amtrak District Superintendent. “We are working closely with the states of Washington and Oregon in order to restore frequencies using

RailAmerica Announces New Assistant Vice President, Regional Chief Engineer

August 29, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

BOCA RATON, Fla. — RailAmerica, Inc., a leading operator of regional and short line roads, announced that Josh Putterman was named Assistant Vice President and Darryl Gabriel was named Regional Chief Engineer effective August 27. “With their railroad experience and wealth of knowledge being in the business for as long as they have,” said John Giles, RailAmerica CEO. “I am extremely enthusiastic to have these exceptional leaders join our team.” Josh Putterman joins RailAmerica from CSX where he served for 16 years. He began his career in economic analysis and held numerous positions in Regional Finance, Operations Improvement and Locomotive

MARTA Claims Profit for Second Year in a Row

August 29, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

ATLANTA — MARTA said that the Authority has achieved an operating budget surplus for the second year in a row – recording $12.1 million in additional revenues for FY07. This marks only the second time in 20 years that MARTA has recorded an operating budget surplus for two consecutive fiscal years. MARTA also ended FY07 with $117.4 million in capital reserves. The capital program funds additions and improvements to infrastructure and supports the Authority’s bonding capacity. “Thanks to a strict fiscal management plan, strategic cost containment measures and improved financial performance in recent years, MARTA has achieved this significant accomplishment,”

Timken Wins New Rail Customer in Norway

August 28, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

CANTON, Ohio –The Timken Company recently supplied Norwegian mining company Rana Gruber AS with cartridge bearings that significantly increased the load capacity of freight cars transporting iron ore. Rana Gruber is Timken’s first rail customer in Norway, where extensive upgrading of rail freight operations is expected within the coming years. Rana Gruber’s goal was to modernize its fleet and increase load capacity. This involved installing new axles and wheels, and Timken proposed a solution that included Timken® AP-2 Class K cartridge bearings set in adapters that permit simpler assembly and easier maintenance. The adapter solution is common in North American

Las Vegas Monorail Part of Google Transit’s Newly Expanded Route Planning Service

August 23, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

LAS VEGAS –The Las Vegas Monorail Company announced today a partnership with Google Transit – a Google product that allows online users to enter the specifics of a destination and utilizes available public transportation options to plot out the most efficient possible step-by-step route and itinerary. The Las Vegas Monorail joined forces with Google Transit to provide data regarding Monorail transportation on the busy and popular Las Vegas Strip. Google Transit, which has been in operation since December 2005, and has recently been integrated into Google Earth, currently offers public transit information for the following major metropolitan areas: Burbank, Orange

Union Pacific Begins Construction of $90 Million State-of-the-Art Intermodal Terminal in Southwest Bexar County

August 22, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

SAN ANTONIO — Union Pacific has broken ground on a $90 million state-of-the-art intermodal terminal, which is expected to generate $2.48 billion in cumulative economic impact for the area over 20 years, officials said. Located strategically between rail lines traveling to and from the West Coast and Mexico, the 300-acre rail port will ship and receive containers and trailers with household goods and other items supporting retailers and distribution centers, as well as auto parts for a new Toyota plant in San Antonio. “Union Pacific is very pleased to begin work on our San Antonio Intermodal Terminal, which will provide

Woman Struck by Metro Station

August 16, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — A woman was struck by a Metrorail train at the Georgia Ave-Petworth Metrorail station at 3:42 p.m. today (Thursday, Aug. 16). The train was traveling toward the Greenbelt Metrorail station. Police are looking into the possibility that the woman intentionally put herself on the tracks in front of the oncoming train. The woman, believed to be in her 20s, was taken to an area hospital. Green Line trains are sharing one track between the Georgia Ave-Petworth and Fort Totten Metrorail stations to get around the scene while police and emergency personnel investigate the incident. — Special to Railfanning.org

CSC Signs Multi-Year IT Outsourcing Contract With Network Rail in United Kingdom

August 14, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Computer Sciences Corporation announced that it has signed an information technology (IT) services contract with Network Rail, owner and operator of the UK’s railway infrastructure. The agreement, which has a five-year base period and one three-year option, coincides with a significant infrastructure investment by Network Rail essential to providing the UK with a safe, reliable and efficient railway. Under the terms of the contract, CSC will provide midrange services and Oracle ERP support. The midrange work includes server maintenance and management, data center hosting, security, disaster recovery planning and storage area network management. Approximately 70 members

Global Rail Systems Names Ellison Sales Director

August 14, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

MARLIN, Texas — Global Rail Systems Inc., a railroad automation company, said today that Brian Ellison has joined the customer service and sales team as director of sales, reporting to Ron Martin, VP Sales and Marketing. He has more than 20 years experience in the electronics/sales field working with wireless control and communication systems. Prior to joining Global Rail, Brian served as national sales manager in the locomotive rebuilding industry. Tom Schlosser, Global Rail’s chief executive officer, said, “Brian’s experience and ability to build relationships based on trust, integrity and ongoing customer support will serve the needs of Global Rail

Wabtec Unit Signs $40 Million Contract to Maintain Locomotives for HSBC Rail

August 14, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WILMERDING, Pa. — Wabtec Rail, a UK-based unit of Wabtec Corporation, has signed a $40 million, five-year contract to maintain 31 high-speed locomotives for HSBC Rail, a leading lessor of rail equipment in the UK. The Class 91 electric locomotives run on the UK’s East Coast Main Line at speeds of up to 125 mph. Wabtec Rail will be responsible for all maintenance and running repairs, and for improving equipment reliability. “For Wabtec, this contract is another example of the expansion of our aftermarket business globally,” said Albert J. Neupaver, Wabtec’s president and chief executive officer. “In addition, the project

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