Siemens has entered into an agreement to acquire Invensys Rail, the rail automation business of Invensys for approximately €2.2 billion (US$2.9 billion).
Steel Dynamics, Inc., plans to install a heat-treating system at its Columbia City, Ind., Structural and Rail Division (SRD). When operational, the system will be capable of producing up to 350,000 tons of standard-strength and head-hardened plain, carbon steel rails for North America's railroad industry.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded more than $3.2 million to the state of Washington to enhance capacity and improve reliability for intercity passenger and freight rail in the Pacific Northwest.
The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) will sponsor a design competition for students of architecture or building sciences as a means to introduce students to the professional opportunities in the railway and rail transit industry.
Axion International Holdings, Inc. received its third purchase order for an additional 270 switch ties from San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). The 100-percent recycled ECOTRAX switch ties are to be installed BART's 104 miles of tracks.
In California, Metrolink experienced record ridership this Thanksgiving holiday. Operating the same number of trains as last year, Metrolink reported 4,448 Thanksgiving Day riders; a 36 percent increase from 2011.
Kansas City Southern celebrated its 125th anniversary of railroad operations on Nov. 27, by ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
A new signal system is being installed on the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro-North Railroad's Port Jervis Line that will increase safety and more efficiently control train speed.
Crews began welding together the first section of rail for TriMet's Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project in Oregon.
The Canadian Divisional Court has dismissed an action brought by Clean Train Coalition in reference to the Metrolinx Air Rail Link (ARL) in Toronto, ON.