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Nippon-Sharyo wins contract for the 130 bi-levels

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Well congratulations to Nippon-Sharyo for winning this contract. The first cars will arrive in 2015. This also opens up the possibility that Amtrak may order from NS to replace the Superliner Is should the corridor cars do well in service.

 

 

http://www.chicagotr...0,5436531.story

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:D

 

 

I've heard Nippon is good. We will see how good they are in three years or so.

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I am looking forwards to the arrival of these cars. Unfortunately, we will not see them around here, but if you are in Chicago and California three years from now, look out for them!

 

They are slated to replace current equipment on Wolverine, Lincoln, Pere Marquette, Blue Water, Illini/Saluki, Illinois Zephyr/Sandburg, and Missouri River lines. They are to augment the current fleets on the San Joaquins, Capitols, and Pacific Surfliner corridors.

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I am looking forwards to the arrival of these cars. Unfortunately, we will not see them around here, but if you are in Chicago and California three years from now, look out for them!

 

They are slated to replace current equipment on Wolverine, Lincoln, Pere Marquette, Blue Water, Illini/Saluki, Illinois Zephyr/Sandburg, and Missouri River lines. They are to augment the current fleets on the San Joaquins, Capitols, and Pacific Surfliner corridors.

 

 

If Nippon does good with this order we may see them build the Superline IIIs to replace the Superliner Is. So we will have to wait and see.

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I wouldn't expect there to be funding to replace the Superliner Is for many years, regardless of how well they do with this order.

 

I could see a small order being placed to expand the fleet though, as the Superliner fleet is stretched incredibly thin right now. They are very short on sleepers at the moment.

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I wouldn't expect there to be funding to replace the Superliner Is for many years, regardless of how well they do with this order.

 

I could see a small order being placed to expand the fleet though, as the Superliner fleet is stretched incredibly thin right now. They are very short on sleepers at the moment.

 

 

You are right. Although replacement for the Superliner Is is on the Fleet Strategy. Since these cars will arrive sometime in 2015 we will not know what Amtrak will do. It is safe to assume the same shell for the new cars will be used for the Superliner IIIs whenever they are ordered.

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If Nippon does good with this order we may see them build the Superline IIIs to replace the Superliner Is. So we will have to wait and see.

 

You can already get a taste of Nippon Sharyo if you go to Illinois. Metra uses Nippon Sharyo bi-levels on most of Its routes.

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You can already get a taste of Nippon Sharyo if you go to Illinois. Metra uses Nippon Sharyo bi-levels on most of Its routes.

You can already get a taste of Nippon Sharyo if you go to Illinois. Metra uses Nippon Sharyo bi-levels on most of Its routes.

 

Same with the South Shore Line too. Well it's confirmed.

 

http://www.progressiverailroading.com/high_speed_rail/news/Illinois-Gov-Quinn-announces-352-million-railcar-contract-for-highspeed-lines--33393

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On November 6th, 2012, The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) awarded the contract for 130 High-Speed Bi-Level Passenger Railcars to be built by Nippon Sharyo and the prime contractor Sumitomo Corporation of America (SCOA). The contract includes a base order of 130 railcars for $352 million along with an option to purchase an additional 300 railcars for $898 million, bringing the contract total to $1.25 billion.

Caltrans will execute the contract as the lead agency in a joint agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) who is representing a Midwest Coalition for the states of Illinois, Michigan, and Missouri. 42 of the railcars will be delivered to California, while the Midwest Coalition will receive 88 railcars. The first cars are scheduled to be delivered in late 2015, with the final car to be delivered by early 2018.

Funding for the railcars will come from grants originated in The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which provided for improvements in high-speed intercity rail transportation as a way to stimulate economic activity. As a stipulation of the ARRA, the railcars covered in the award to Nippon Sharyo will be manufactured under a “100% Buy America” plan which sharply aims to increase the amount of domestic content. To aid in meeting these requirements, Nippon Sharyo Manufacturing, LLC was established as a new production facility in July of 2012 in Rochelle, IL to conduct material procurement, carbody manufacturing, final assembly, and testing.

The contracted railcars will be built to conform to the specifications outlined in the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA). PRIIA was developed to aid in streamlining the procurement process by creating a standardized specification and this contract will be the first time it has been implemented to produce a railcar. The new Bi-Level railcars will become the standard for the coming generation of passenger railcars, and it is the goal of Nippon Sharyo and SCOA to gain a strong presence in the market and expand the business segment.

 

 

I apologize if this is a month and twelve days late, but here is an artist rendering plus some additional information. Note the option order is for 300 additional railcars costing almost $900 million.

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I'm excited. The N-S trains in Chicago are great (and especially the ones on the Electric District).

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Welp.Kawasaki has a new contender in the U.S domestic carbuilding market.

 

Don't forget about CAF.

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Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo are not new by any means.

 

 

They built the South Shore Line's cars in 1982 to replace the ancient Orange cars that were between 54-57 years old by 1983.

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