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India’s building the future of locomotives

Rafael Santana, President and CEO of Wabtec Corporation talks with the Times of India about the company's growth in the region. "We've grown our footprint here by more than tenfold just over the past five years in terms of employees. But it's not just employees, we have over a dozen sites that are unique and leading in a lot of ways. This is the only market outside the US that has the capability to not just manufacture, but also really design the full breadth of our products."

Wabtec expands its transit manufacturing capabilities in India to meet demand

Wabtec is expanding its transit manufacturing facility in Hosur, India. The 80,000-sq-ft expansion of the plant is intended to meet growing demand for transit rail products and solutions in India.

Certified: Wabtec’s Adaptive WSP Tech

Wabtec Corporation’s adaptive wheel-slide protection (WSP) technology to help improve rail transit braking performance has gained certification, the company reported Dec. 6.

CSX seeks FRA approval to use Trip Optimizer’s automatic start and stop feature

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — CSX Transportation is awaiting regulatory approval to become the first railroad to use Trip Optimizer’s Zero-to-Zero function, which allows the advanced cruise control system to automatically start and stop freight trains.

Wabtec Expanding M/W Business

Wabtec Corporation on Nov. 17 reported the addition of Brazil-based Super Metal to its maintenance-of-way (m/w) business. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The move complements Wabtec’s 2021 acquisition of Nordco—a supplier of new, rebuilt and used maintenance-of-way equipment, with a product and service portfolio that includes mobile railcar movers and ultrasonic rail flaw detection technologies—and its existing Contagem, Brazil plant, which in August celebrated 60 years of locomotive production.

Oak Ridge, Argonne collaborate with Wabtec on hydrogen-powered trains to decarbonize rail industry

Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) will work with Wabtec, a leading manufacturer of freight locomotives, to develop the hardware and control strategies for a single-cylinder, dual-fuel engine to demonstrate the viability of using alternative fuels for locomotives.

First Wabtec AC44C6Ms Arrive at CN

The first two of CN’s 50-unit order of AC44C6M remanufactured locomotives from Wabtec have arrived in Canada. Rebuilt at Wabtec’s Fort Worth, Tex., plant from GE C44-9Ws built in the late 1990s, these units have been upgraded to 4,500 hp (from 4,400), with up to 25%, increased fuel efficiency, 40% increased reliability and reduction in maintenance and repairs with modernized control systems.

Wabtec marks 10th anniversary of Fort Worth plant

FORT WORTH, Texas — Wabtec has celebrated the 10th anniversary of its manufacturing operations in Fort Worth, having opened a 1-million-square-foot locomotive plant and 250,000-square-foot mining-equipment facility in October 2012.

Canadian National receives first diesel in Wabtec remanufacturing order

Canadian National AC44C6M No. 3300, the first in an order of 50 of the remanufactured diesels and the guest of honor in ceremonies at Wabtec’s Fort Worth, Texas, plant on Oct. 13, 2022.

3D Printed Brake Panel for the Rail Industry: The Cool Parts Show #52

In this episode of The Cool Parts Show, laser powder bed fusion simplifies the manufacturing of air brake panels for light rail systems made by Wabtec.

How this engineer changed the economics of locomotives

In August, Ajith Kumar surpassed legendary American inventor George Westinghouse in the number of patents held. 362 vs Westinghouse’s 361. Westinghouse, who died in 1914, invented the air brake system that made railroads safer and transformed the US rail industry. His Westinghouse Air Brake Company is the origin of today’s locomotive giant Wabtec, where Kumar is now vice president of technology-innovation. Earlier this month, the company celebrated Kumar’s achievement at its Pittsburgh headquarters

Wabtec planning for transition from diesel

Wabtec has presented a range of new technology at the InnoTrans trade fair intended to enable rail operators to reduce fuel bills while offering shippers more efficient and predictable service. In a series of exclusive interviews with Trains News Wire, Wabtec executives outlined the likely transition from diesel to alternative fuel types for North American and global rail operators over the next two decades.

Wabtec, KTZ Sign $600MM MOU

Wabtec and Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ, Kazakhstan National Railway) have signed a $600 million memorandum of understanding (MOU) for 150 FLXdrive™ battery-electric switchers and modernization work to transform the KTZ main line diesel-electric fleet into NextFuel™ liquified natural gas-powered (LNG) locomotives.

Watch: CSX Testing New Wabtec Trip Optimizer Feature

CSX is working with the Federal Railroad Administration to test and implement Wabtec’s new Trip Optimizer Zero-to-Zero technology, the Class I railroad reported Sept. 7.

Wabtec’s Kumar: ‘Innovating With Purpose’

Ajith (“AJ”) Kumar recently received his 362nd U.S. patent. A Consulting Engineer, he works for Wabtec, whose origins began in Western Pennsylvania with founder George Westinghouse Jr.’s invention of the automatic air brake in 1869. Kumar has now surpassed Westinghouse’s patent record, 361, and Wabtec on Sept. 1 honored him during its all-hands meeting.