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Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Springs for Railcars Under Development

Toho Tenax has partnered with Kawasaki Heavy Industries to jointly develop a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) leaf spring that can be mass-produced for railcar trucks, reducing the truck frame’s weight by some 900 kg per railcar. Benefits include more efficient running costs and lower CO2 emissions, as well as … Read more »

GE Transportation Evolution Series Tier 4 Locomotion

GE Transportation Saves Rail Industry $197M in Fuel Costs

General Electric Transportation’s emissions-reducing rail systems have accumulated 100 million auto-control miles, helping the rail industry save 56 million gallons of fuel and $197 million in fuel costs, as well as reducing greenhouse gasses by 628 kilotons. GE has delivered more than 500 Evolution Series Tier 4 compliant locomotives to … Read more »

Canada Ups Rail Tanker Safety Standards

The Canadian government has issued rules phasing out the type of puncture-prone tank-car that was involved in a fatal train crash last summer in Quebec. The directive forces railroads to stop the use of, or refit, the least crash-resistant, older-model DOT-111 tank cars from dangerous goods service within three years. The … Read more »

HP’s ‘Modern Silk Road’ Cuts Carbon, Costs, Shipping Times

HP is using a railroad to ship electronics manufactured in China to European markets, cutting its travel time, costs and carbon footprint in the process. The train line, which HP describes as a “modern day silk road,” covers two continents, six countries and more than 6,700 miles from Chongqing, China to distributors and … Read more »