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Canada’s National Steel Car to build 700 railcars for Canpotex
Canadian freight car manufacturer National Steel Car has secured a $70m contract from Canpotex to build 700 new railcars specially designed to transport Saskatchewan potash to coastal ports.

Siemens to maintain Russian Railways’ Lastochka electric trains
Russian Railways (RZD) has awarded a 40-year maintenance and repair contract to Siemens for 294 Lastochka regional trains.

San Francisco exercises option for 40 more LRVs from Siemens
Siemens has received an order for an additional 40 light rail vehicles (LRVs) from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) in the US for its Muni network.

High-speed flywheel brake energy recovery system generates DMU fuel savings
Ricardo, Artemis Intelligent Power and Bombardier Transportation have conducted a project called DDFlyTrain, which showed that a flywheel-based energy recovery system could reduce fuel consumption on diesel multiple units (DMUs) by up to 10%.