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It'll take a tad longer to deliver 98 refurbished switchers, RailPower tells UP


RailPower Technologies Corp. is negotiating with Union Pacific Railroad to extend the delivery date of 98 refurbished road switchers.

Last month, RailPower informed UP it couldn’t meet a June 15 delivery deadline — as specified in a 2005 contract — despite increased production output. So far, the locomotive builder has delivered 66 switchers.

“We are working closely with [the railroad] to establish an extended deadline,” said RailPower Presdient and Chief Executive Officer José Mathieu in a prepared statement.

RailPower also is exploring the possibility of owning instead of leasing its manufacturing facility. Earlier in the second quarter, the company made an offer to purchase an existing facility in Montreal, but later determined the site wasn’t suitable.

“We are currently looking at other sites and hope to be in a position to make an announcement in the coming months,” said Mathieu.

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