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Rail supplier news from Siemens, Trinity, OPW, Bombardier, AIS and NRC (Oct 28)

The North County Transit District ordered two additional Siemens Charger locomotives.
Photo – Siemens Mobility


The North County Transit District (NCTD) ordered two additional Siemens Charger locomotives, for a total order of nine units. The new order will complete NCTD’s efforts to replace and convert its existing Coaster locomotive fleet to more efficient, lower-emission vehicles, NCTD officials said in a press release.  The new locomotives will expand the agency’s fleet size and enable NCTD to nearly double Coaster service frequency in San Diego County.

Trinity Industries Inc. reported third-quarter revenue of $459 million, down from $813.6 million in Q3 2019. Trinity attributed the decrease to lower deliveries and fewer rail cars sold from its lease fleet, according to Trinity’s financial report. Quarterly income from continuing operations was 21 cents per common diluted share. “Rail car loadings rebounded during the third quarter from the historical declines earlier in the year resulting from economic shutdowns amid the coronavirus outbreak,” Trinity officials said in a press release. “However, market uncertainty continues to cloud demand for rail cars as much of the economy remains under pressure.”

OPW has acquired the ISO Liquid Tank Container product line from Girard Equipment Inc. OPW will now manufacture the product line at OPW’s facility in China. The acquisition will increase OPW’s presence and product portfolio in the Asia-Pacific, Latin American and European regions, OPW officials said in a press release.

Bombardier Transportation has signed an agreement to sell the activities of Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems performed at Bombardier’s manufacturing site in Huehuetoca, Mexico, to Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd. (MSSL). MSSL’s Mexican subsidiary, Motherson Rolling Stocks, will continue manufacturing electrical harnesses and assemblies as currently produced at the Huehuetoca site. Bombardier also signed a three-year extension to its train services agreement with Arriva CrossCountry in the United Kingdom. Under the agreement, Bombardier will continue to maintain, overhaul, service and clean 34 class 220 Voyagers and 24 class 221 Super Voyagers owned by Beacon Rail. The contract extension is valued at $320 million.

Atlantic Intermodal Services (AIS) moved its office in Charleston, South Carolina, to a nearby, 3,500-square-foot free-standing facility. The move will accommodate a 35% growth in business in the Charleston market since January, AIS officials said in a press release. The office includes a 4-acre yard.

The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) appointed David Ferryman to its board. Ferryman is vice president of sales at EVRAZ North America. He has over 30 years of experience in the rail industry, having served in various roles at CN, the Illinois Central Railroad and Burlington Northern Railroad. 


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