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Railroad News
Topic Started: 3 Oct 2012, 08:42 (546 Views)
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So this thread is for little railroad news 'snippets' that seem a bit interesting but don't really need their own thread.

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The California Transportation Commission has voted to release $39.8 million in allocations toward work to advance the Caltrain Modernization Program and prepare the rail corridor, which connects San Francisco with San Jose and Gilroy, for a future “blended” system with California High Speed Rail.



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Dallas Area Rapid Transit is expected to select Brookville Equipment Corp. to provide two modern streetcars for the proposed Oak Cliff streetcar project. DART's Board of Directors may make the decision sometime this month. Preliminary approval by a DART oversight committee for a contract totaling about $9.4 million may occur this week.



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VIA Rail Canada said Wednesday it has initiated "a new electronic ticketing service enabling passengers to access their tickets and information anywhere and any time from their personal electronic device, allowing rail users to avoid any pre-boarding lines and travel stress-free.


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I'll start a new thread for these, once there is actually some work being done on them.

But there is an RFP (Request for Proposal) out for 35 "Next Generation" diesel locomotives. These will run Amtrak's corridor trains. The RFP is a multi-state job with IL, CA, and WA all participating. Since the RFP went out there have been three responses. Here are some stats:

Next Generation Locomotives
OfferorBase (32) CostOptional (+3) CostLife-cycle cost
EMD260,029,98825,945,435.5056.75
Siemens225,509,79724,834,292.0046.69
MPI260,909,74827,999,759.6758.42


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Based on the Total Scores shown [in the document], the Evaluation Committee recommends award to
Siemens Industry, Inc. as the apparent awardee for the Multi-State Locomotive Procurement.


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Peter's Comments;

Based off from Siemens history over in Europe and the fact that the ACS-64 is based off from the ES-64 & Vectron platforms; I would not be surprised if the new locomotive looked very similar to the ACS-64 only diesel. Which would begin to give Amtrak a somewhat consistent look to their fleet.

Siemens is also the top contender (from down the rumor mill) for the new Acela II train sets. If Siemens gets that bid as well, the Acela IIs would be based off from the Velaro family of HS trains (ICE-3).

If Siemens gets the contract it is good news for Sacramento, as (again rumor has it) Siemens will probably be expanding their facility.

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California & Midwest states to get Brightline-type cars.

Due to failures in the bi-level cars to be built by NS-S, the states have agreed to buy single-level cars built by Siemens instead, these cars will be the same, or very similar to the Brightline cars.
http://www.dot.ca.gov/paffairs/pr/2017/prs/17pr117.html
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CalTrans & Siemens release renders of new Single-Level fleet for Amtrak California. The car design will be the same for the Midwest, with just different colors & paint scheme.

http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/transprog/ctcbooks/2017/1217/Presentations/Tab52_Single_level_Railcar.pdf
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