RSI cancels Expo and Education Conference

News Wire Digest third section for June 29: New York returns oldest subway cars to service; Metso to build rotary-dump system for CSX
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More Monday rail news in brief:

RSI cancels annual conference

The Railway Supply Institute has cancelled its 2020 Expo and Education Conference scheduled for Sept. 9-11 in Chicago, citing ongoing public health risks and the state of Illinois reopening plan, which bans large-scale gatherings until a COVID-19 vaccine or highly effective treatment is available, or no new cases are recorded over a sustained period. The organization is exploring the possibility of holding a limited number of education sessions in a virtual format. Exhibitors who had already made payments may transfer those funds to space at Railway Interchange 2021, to be held in Indianapolis Sept. 24-28, 2021, or may receive a full refund. Visit the RSI website for more information.

Aging New York subway cars return to service
The New York City Transit Authority is returning to service its oldest subway cars — reported the oldest in the world still in use —because of ongoing issues with its newest cars. The New York Daily News reports the R32 cars, built by Budd Co. and delivered in 1964-65, had been stored when the COVID-19 pandemic led to service cuts, and were to be retired this year. But with the newest equipment, a 318-car order from Bombardier for R179 cars, sidelined after two cars separated on a train earlier this month, the R32 cars are returning to service on the J and Z lines. The R179 cars were found to be missing a pin designed to hold the cars together, the Daily News reports.

Metso to build rotary dump system for CSX
Metso Corp. will design and build a new rotary dump system for CSX Transportation to unload coal at its Curtis Bay Export Terminal in Baltimore. The system is expected to be in operation by October 2021. The new system includes two dumping assemblies, a hopper system, and car-spotting equipment. It will not only accommodate rotary-dump but bottom-dumping cars. “ The new dumper system to be delivered to Maryland will enable CSX to significantly improve the overall efficiency of their dumping operation,” Bob Kaib, Metso’s vice president, bulk technologies, said in a press release.



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