Stadler GTW

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Re: Stadler GTW

Postby electricron » Mon May 11, 2015 2:30 am

FWTA will only be buying 8 GTWs initially, with options for an additional 24 on this contract. FWTA GTWs are expected to have final assembly somewhere in Texas to meet Buy USA requirements.
http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/north-america/stadler-wins-tex-rail-dmu-contract.html
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Re: Stadler GTW

Postby electricron » Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:47 pm

News Update 1: TexRail, i.e. FWTA commuter rail, is not buying Stadler's GTWs after all, they're buying 8 diesel powered FLIRTs in a 4 car DMU train sets. That's the equivalent of 32 railcars.

Update 2: eBART is buying 8 GTWs (2/6 models). So now there will be GTWs on both the east and west coasts, and two locales in Texas.

Update 3: Caltrain is buying 96 Stadler's KISS double level EMUs, with an option to buy 20 more cars.

Isn't it about time for Stadler's Rail to get their own manufacturing bullet?
They seem to be winning most of all the non FRA compliant, but FRA alternate compliance commuter rail orders.
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Re: Stadler GTW

Postby DutchRailnut » Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:55 pm

will any of equipment be built in US ??
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Re: Stadler GTW

Postby electricron » Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:00 pm

DutchRailnut wrote:will any of equipment be built in US ??

The TexRail FLIRTs and CalTrain KISS trains will be. TexRail FLIRTs are being assembled in Salt Lake City, I assume so will the CalTrain KISS trains.

To be considered "Built in America" today, only 60% of the train's worth needs American parts while being assembled in the USA. Stadler uses an extrude aluminum process for their car bodies, so I assume they will ship European built shells to Salt Lake City, where the electrics, diesels, motors, brakes, windows, and FTA approved interiors will be fitted.
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