Supply problems disrupt M-8 deliveries

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Bob Johnston
LINCOLN, Neb. — Kawasaki will have to delay deliveries of M-8 railcars to the Connecticut Department of Transportation owing to supply problems at its Lincoln plant, the Daily Fairfield (Conn.) has reported. The disruption was apparently caused by an error as to which parts arrived; Japan’s earthquake will have no effect.

For now, the department will have to reduce the number of cars going into service from 80 to 60. The additional 20 cars will eventually be built, with Kawasaki paying for the delays and additional costs.

James Cameron, chairman of Connecticut’s Commuter Rail Council, said commuters will feel the pinch come winter. Older railcars are failing in cold, snowy weather, and this winter, commuters suffered from delayed and canceled trains. “We may be looking at one or two more winters of this,” he said.

The good news: Commuters are raving about the 16 M-8s now in service. Kawasaki has delivered an additional 10 cars, but they have yet to enter service.
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