March 18, 2015 |
CITING THE GROWING number of railroad cars carrying crude oil through Philadelphia and the state, and a handful of recent derailments, Sen. Bob Casey yesterday called for the passage of federal legislation aimed at increasing railroad safety. Casey, joined at a City Hall news conference by City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, said that although the recent local derailments did not result in oil leakage or injuries, Congress should be proactive in preventing more serious accidents in the future.
September 5, 2014 |
After meeting behind closed doors Wednesday with representatives of Alstom, the company that is rebuilding PATCO's commuter rail fleet, PATCO officials said the first six rebuilt cars will get their final tests this month. PATCO president John Hanson declined to predict when paying passengers might begin traveling in the long-delayed cars. That date has been steadily pushed back. When Alstom Transport Inc., a French company, won the $194 million contract in December 2010 to rebuild PATCO's 120 railcars at its Hornell, N.Y., factory, PATCO officials said the project, including design, construction, and delivery, would take about five years.
November 22, 2013 |
The first of PATCO's long-awaited refurbished railcars have arrived in Lindenwold for final testing and will be carrying paying customers by February, PATCO officials said Wednesday. PATCO passengers have endured months of crowded rides as the commuter rail agency has shipped cars to a Hornell, N.Y., factory for a $194 million makeover. The entire fleet of 120 cars is supposed to be back in service by October 2016, despite delays in delivering the first cars. So far, 26 cars have been sent to the New York factory for overhaul.
September 28, 2013 |
Even before they're built, Amtrak's new locomotives run through Philadelphia. Seventy new "Cities Sprinter" locomotives, worth $466 million, have begun to roll off a Sacramento, Calif., assembly line, complete with components made by Philadelphia-area workers in local factories. The locomotives will operate on the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington and on the Keystone Corridor between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. They will carry with them seats made by USSC Group Inc. of Exton and steel handrails and tie-rods from Bentech Inc. of Philadelphia.
January 26, 2013 |
SEPTA on Thursday began the long process of replacing 231 aging Silverliner IV train cars, even as it waits for the last of its new Silverliner V cars. SEPTA officials met with representatives of 12 car manufacturers and other companies in an "expression of interest" session Thursday. Among the manufacturers expressing interest in bidding on a contract for the new cars was Hyundai Rotem Corp., which built the new Silverliner V cars but fell two years behind schedule amid production and labor problems.
January 17, 2013 |
Fed up with what it describes as lengthy production delays and shoddy workmanship, Boston's transit authority is threatening to cancel its $190 million contract for 75 commuter railcars being assembled at a South Philadelphia factory. The complaints about Hyundai Rotem Corp. are similar to those raised over the last several years by SEPTA, which is still waiting for delivery of the final three of 120 Silverliner V cars ordered in 2006. "This seriously troubled procurement is at a point of crisis," said Jonathan R. Davis, chief financial officer of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, in a letter to Hyundai Rotem's new chief executive, Kyu-Hwan Han, in South Korea.
September 8, 2012 |
SEPTA's final group of new Silverliner V railcars won't arrive this month as scheduled, because of a lack of parts. Hyundai Rotem Co., the South Korean manufacturer that is assembling the railcars at a South Philadelphia factory, is two years behind in delivering the 120 new cars and faces millions of dollars in penalties. SEPTA had hoped to get the last of the cars in passenger service this month. SEPTA has received 110 cars, spokeswoman Jerri Williams said Thursday, with five more expected by month's end. But the last five cars won't be delivered until missing parts arrive and are installed, which is likely to be in early October, Williams said.
June 27, 2012 |
The last of SEPTA's Silverliner II and Silverliner III train cars, dating from the 1960s, are making their final runs this week. The two cars, the last remnants of a fleet of 75, will be taken out of service Friday evening, a day before a federal waiver of handicapped-accessibility rules expires. They will spend their final days on SEPTA's shortest Regional Rail line, shuttling between Suburban Station and Cynwyd. SEPTA has been gradually replacing its oldest cars with new Silverliner V cars for the last 20 months, as new cars arrive from the Hyundai-Rotem Corp.
February 1, 2012 |
Starting in the 19th century, trains regularly pulled into the quaint brick railroad station in Pemberton. They chugged out of Camden and stopped there on the way to Hightstown until passenger service ended in 1969. Thirty years passed before the Pemberton station found a new role as a museum. Two historic locomotives and 10 cars were added as static displays, and long-term plans called for a short operating rail line providing rides. Now, if Pemberton Township and Burlington County officials have their way, the site will be part of a rails-to-trails system for hikers while continuing as a railroad museum and welcome center touting the area's history.