Digest: Siemens lands maintenance contract for Coaster locomotives

News Wire Digest fifth section for Sept. 15: Brightline opens discussions with developer on Tampa-area station; UP derailment caught live on webcam
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Midday Tuesday rail news:

Siemens, North County Transit District agree to 20-year locomotive maintenance contract

Siemens Mobility has agreed to a 20-year contract with the San Diego-area North County Transit District to provide maintenance and other technical sport for the agency’s fleet of up to nine Siemens Charger locomotives on order for Coaster commuter train service. The contact is for just under $29 million, with optional overhaul services that could raise the total figure to an amount not to exceed $47 million.

Brightline, developer in talks about Tampa-area station
Brightline and Tampa-area Darryl Shaw are in early discussion for a possible station in Ybor City, a neighborhood just northeast of downtown Tampa that is a National Historic Landmark District. In a paywalled article, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reports Shaw and Brightline have entered into a memorandum of understanding that sets the stage for discussions on three pieces of property. The agreement is non-binding. Brightline has long-term plans to expand to the Tampa area after completing its current expansion project to Orlando International Airport.

Kansas City UP derailment caught on webcam
Two locomotives and five cars of a Union Pacific train derailed Tuesday morning on a Kansas City, Kan., bridge near Santa Fe Junction — an accident captured on the Virtual Railfan webcam. A Union Pacific representative told KCTV-TV news that no injuries resulted and the cause is under investigation.



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