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Evolution Series Tier 4 built for CN is 1,000th locomotive to roll off line at GE’s Fort Worth plant

Three years after opening it’s second locomotive production facility and despite slowdowns in the railroad industry, GE rolled out its 1,000th locomotive built in Fort Worth. GE Manufacturing Solutions, a wholly-owned entity of GE, marked a milestone on Thursday by celebrating the milestone locomotive built …

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Railroads have three more years to get PTC compliant with extension of deadline to 2018

Railroads will get three more years to implement positive train control (PTC) following the passage of a transportation bill in the House and Senate this week. On Tuesday the House passed short-term legislation for a transportation measure that includes extending the deadline for PTC, a …

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Concerns arise over ability of North American railroads to maintain pace with record grain crops

An anticipated record grain harvest is gaining traction among North American farmers but not so much on the rails. As wheat and soybean production surges, shipments on U.S. railroads have been delayed because of backlogs attributed to increased demand for rail cars that some say …

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BNSF to order ‘Next Generation’ tank cars as railroad industry gets tougher on crude transport

BNSF Railway announced in February it is soliciting bids for the construction of 5,000 strengthened “Next Generation” tank cars to haul oil and ethanol. Cars to be built are to exceed the stronger new standards the industry voluntarily adopted in October 2011 for the CPC-1232 …

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Class Is testing, researching natural gas as alternative fuel for locomotive fleets

BNSF is among three Class I railroads that are looking at using natural gas as an alternative fuel for locomotives. Fort Worth-based BNSF will begin testing a small number of locomotives using liquefied natural gas (LNG) later this year, while Union Pacific and Canadian National …

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Display to give conductor trainees hands-on experience close to new KCS TEaM Center

Conductor trainees can get hands-on experience soon without having to go far from Kansas City Southern’s new training center in Shreveport, LA. The Transportation Engineering and Mechanical Training Center will soon have a trio each of box cars and tank cars, plus five couplers, in …

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