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Rail supplier news from Progress Rail, Hitachi, Alstom, RSI and Rail Safety Training (Sept. 21)

Hitachi Energy has launched RESIBLOC Rail, a plug-and-play solution for dry-type on-board traction transformers.
Photo – Hitachi Energy


Progress Rail announced plans to provide hybrid locomotives to customers, combining diesel engines and batteries and leveraging the company’s continued innovations in propulsion technologies. Hybrid locomotives offer another capable option in the Progress Rail suite of locomotive emissions-reduction technologies, company officials said in a press release. Rumo in Brazil is taking delivery of the first hybrid locomotives from Progress Rail in 2022. Two GT38H intermediate power locomotives are being delivered for trials in regional freight services.

Hitachi Energy announced the launch of its oil-free traction transformer RESIBLOC® Rail, with an integrated cooling system and voltages up to 25 kilovolts (kV). The plug-and-play solution is for dry-type on-board traction transformers. By integrating an efficient cooling system, Hitachi Energy reduces installation complexity for train manufacturers while retaining the benefits of dry-type transformers, according to a company press release. In 2018, Hitachi Energy officially launched its flagship dry-type traction transformer, RESIBLOC® Rail, with voltages up to 15 kV. Since then, the technology has evolved, and its voltage rating has increased up to 25 kV. 

Alstom and Saudi Railway Co. signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop hydrogen train solutions adapted for Saudi Arabia. The objective is to explore opportunities for the future of sustainable mobility in Saudi Arabia and develop and implement solutions related to railway infrastructure and capability. By signing the MOU, Alstom reaffirmed its aim to establish a long-lasting partnership with Saudi Arabian Railways.

The Railway Supply Institute (RSI), the Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers (CARS) and the European Rail Supply Industry Association (UNIFE) have signed a memorandum of understanding, effective yesterday, to establish future collaboration between railway supply industry organizations. “I’m proud to be joining these two organizations in a commitment to address some of our most important challenges facing the industry today,” said RSI President Patty Long in a press release. “Recent international events have truly underscored the strategic importance of freight and passenger rail to world markets.”

Rail Safe Training specialists have developed a new mentorship program to provide resources and guidelines for site leaders to guide employees in rail safety compliance. The process enables site trainers to perform risk assessments on rail-yard employees. Site leaders also will learn to coach existing and new-hire rail-yard employees to master rail operations skills, Rail Safe Training officials said in a press release.

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