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Rail supplier news from NRC, Alstom and Stadler (May 29)

The NRC held its 20th annual auction in two phases: in person on May 2 and online through May 6.
Photo – National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association


The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association’s (NRC) 2024 annual railroad equipment auction generated nearly $1.2 million in sales and more than $70,000 to fund new safety training resources for member companies. The NRC held the 20th annual event in two phases: in person on May 2 at Blackmon Auctions; facility in Lonoke, Arkansas, and online through May 6. Through the combined auctions, the NRC sold more than 300 items, according to an NRC news release.

Alstom will supply six additional SkyTrain Mark V trains totaling 30 rail cars to TransLink in Vancouver, British Columbia, under a CA$123 million contract. The Mark V features five-car sets, all internally open-ended with walk-through carriages. The trains have mostly forward-facing seating and include more space for bikes, luggage and leaning pads. The new digital interior information displays will provide riders with improved onboard transit alerts, Alstom officials said in a news release.  

The first Stadler Rail FLIRT trains with the ETCS GUARDIA signaling system are now operating in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany as part of the three-country trains operated by the Dutch operator Arriva. The conversion and approval of the multiple units with the ETCS technology developed by Stadler has been completed. Stadler had already retrofitted multiple units from third-party providers as part of a pilot project in 2023 to enable a faster ETCS rollout in Germany.

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