Posts Tagged ‘Brookville Equipment Corporation’

Brookville Sends Streetcar to Tempe

March 17, 2021

Pennsylvania-based Brookville Equipment Corporation said it has delivered the first of six Liberty® NXT Streetcar vehicles to Valley Metro for its Tempe Streetcar system in the Phoenix metropolitan area

The 72-foot-long vehicles were delivered as part of a $33 million contract for the design, build and test of the streetcars for the three-mile system, which is slated to open this year.

The streetcars use a lithium-ion battery onboard energy storage system while traveling sections track segments without an overhead catenary system.

The batteries recharge while connected to the overhead wire.

Brookville Marks 100th Anniversary

August 10, 2018

Pennsylvania-based Brookville Equipment Corporation marked its 100th anniversary recently with a display of its rail equipment, including heritage streetcars bound for San Francisco and El Paso, Texas, along with modern streetcars for Milwaukee and Oklahoma City.

Brookville showed mining equipment destined for customers in West Virginia and a locomotive for MTA Metro-North Railroad.

The company in Brookville, Pennsylvania, was founded as Brookville Truck and Tractor Company in 1918, when local Ford-dealer L.A. Leathers installed flanged rail wheels on the standard Ford Model-T.

Brookville now produces rail-mounted mining equipment and full-scale surface locomotives and streetcars.

Brookville Delivers Streetcar to Milwaukee

March 28, 2018

Brookville Equipment Corporation of Brookville, Pennsylvania, has delivered the first of five Liberty LRVs for Milwaukee’s The Hop Streetcar.

It arrived in Milwaukee on March 26 after completing a journey by highway from the company’s factory in western Pennsylvania.

Each 67-foot bidirectional vehicle can accommodate 150 passengers including 32 seated. The low-floor design is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, with level boarding for wheelchairs, bicycles and pushchairs.

Delivery of the four remaining vehicles is due to be completed by the middle of 2019 with revenue service to begin on the first phase of the 2.5-mile network in November.

Brookville Completes Restoration of El Paso Streetcar

March 26, 2018

Pennsylvania-based Brookville Equipment Corporation has completed the restoration of the first of six Presidents’ Conference Committee streetcars dating to 1937 for a streetcar line in  El Paso, Texas.

The car was moved to Texas earlier this month after being modernized at Brookville’s plant in Brookville, Pennsylvania.

The cars are being operated by El Paso’s Mass Transit Department, known as Sun Metro.

The streetcars had been taken out of service in 1974 and stored before being returned to service.

The modernization included repairing and replacing structural carbody components, new propulsion systems, complete rewiring, new interiors, and door system upgrades. The project also included the integration of key modern features and amenities, including HVAC systems, pantographs, and mobility device lifting system.

The first vehicle to be restored was painted light blue, red and white to match the livery used by the El Paso fleet between the late 1950s and 1974.

Other vehicles will match El Paso’s fleet during the 1950s (green, orange and white) and 1960s (blue, green and white).

The delivery marks the completion of Brookville’s 43rd PCC streetcar restoration, including 18 vehicles for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority in Philadelphia and 24 for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

In addition to the five remaining vehicles for El Paso, Brookville is currently working through a progressive rebuild with SFMTA and has delivered eight of 16 total units to San Francisco.

When the work is completed, Brookville will have refurbished 56 PCC streetcars and 88 heritage streetcars, inclusive of propulsion systems and trucks provided for 31 Perley A. Thomas red cars for New Orleans Regional Transit Authority and the restoration of SFTMA’s Streetcar No. 1.

Brookville Delivers Streetcars to Oklahoma City

February 19, 2018

Brookville Equipment Corporation of Brookville, Pennsylvania, announced last week that it has delivered the first of seven Liberty streetcars to Oklahoma City.

The off-wire capable streetcars are part of a $33.7 million contract that covers the design, engineering and manufacturing of the vehicles, along with spare parts, training, and service and warranty support.

The cars are slated to begin revenue service this year in downtown Oklahoma City on a 2-mile east-west loop and a 4.9-mile north-south loop.

Brookville earlier delivered Liberty streetcars to Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Detroit’s QLINE system.

With Orders for New Engines Scarce, Locomotive Builders Turn Their Attention to Rebulding

January 29, 2018

Last year was a decidedly mixed one for North American locomotive manufacturers.

Orders for new locomotives were down and much of their business came from re-manufacturing, which the builders said remained strong as railroads sought cost-effective ways to increase capacity and reliability.

“While 2017 [was] a challenging year for the rail industry and we’re still in a tough environment, we have been using this time to continue diligently meeting with customers and turning our focus on how we can meet future needs,” said Brian Edwards, vice president of sales, locomotive service operations and customer performance for Progress Rail in an interview with Progressive Railroading magazine.

Progress Rail said most of its work has involved upgrading engines and control systems, with much of this work being done on intermediate or switcher locomotives.

Edwards expects the demand for these services this year to be similar to what the company did in 2017.

GE Transportation said new orders for motive power last year were soft, but the demand for locomotive overhauls has been trending up for the past two to three years.

“I would say 2017 was strong and 2018 will be stronger as our customers are looking for better capital efficiency,” said John Manison, GE’s general manager of locomotive modernizations.

“One effective way to do that is to take a heavily used locomotive and upgrade the technology on it,” he said.

Manison said most Class 1 railroads have “embarked on some sort of modernization program.”

Pennsylvania-based Brookville Equipment Corporation did not receive a single contract to build a new locomotive in 2017.

It has been focusing on two major rebuild orders while expanding an existing re-manufacturing order from seven units to eight.

Brookville executives believe there will be a “good mix” of demand for both rebuilt and new locomotives said spokesman Adam Mohney.

“Our focus will be on meeting the specific demands of our clients and looking for apparent ways to add value with both new and re-manufactured locomotive fleets,” he said.

T.J. Mahoney, the program manager at Railserve said 2017 was a challenging one for modernizations due to a soft North American market. But he sees better days ahead.

“With the economy strengthening, and factors favoring volume shifts from truck to rail, 2018 holds great promise for the industry in general,” he said. “On top of that, corporate sustainability requirements are expected to bolster demand for low-emissions locomotives, including the Railserve LEAF and Dual LEAF. Our outlook is positive this year for sustainable locomotives, both domestically and internationally.”

Like other builders, PowerRail reported a weak market for new locomotives.

“We have also seen a decline in investments in locomotive fleets, in general,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Foster. “Cutting of capital rebuild projects, deferred maintenance and stored locomotives have all contributed to an overall drop in the investment in locomotive fleets.”

However, Foster said that PowerRail has maintained rebuild sales by leveraging new technology and offering reliability-driven products.

That has led it to expand its locomotive facility in Monroe, Georgia, by adding on the building and install two overhead cranes and some Class I track.

“PowerRail has focused on offering enhanced products that will help the railroads increase the service life of their locomotives,” he said.

Brookville Lands Order for Streetcars

November 24, 2017

Pennsylvania-based Brookville Equipment Company has received a $26.5 million order for five Liberty Modern Streetcars from Sound Transit of Seattle-Tacoma, Washington.

The cars will be used by the agency’s Tacoma Link Extension project.

Deliveries of the light rail vehicle platforms will occur between the third quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021. The contract includes an option for five additional vehicles.

Sound Transit will begin construction will begin in fall 2018 on a 2.4-mile extension from the Theater District to the Stadium District and Hilltop.

The line will run at-grade in-street for most of its length, with services running at 10-minute headways during the peak and every 20 minutes off-peak.


Brookville to Build 6 Streetcars for Valley Metro

May 23, 2017

Brookville Equipment Corporation has landed a $33 million contract to build six off-wire streetcars for Valley Metro Rail in Phoenix.

The cars are expected to be assigned to the Tempe Streetcar line when it begins service in 2020.

Valley Metro operates a 26-mile line serving Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. Several extensions are planned to be completed through 2026.

Detroit QLINE Begins Regular Service

May 15, 2017

The Detroit QLINE began revenue service last week over a 3.3-mile route that cost $180 million to develop.

It was the first streetcar service in Detroit since April 8, 1956.

To celebrate the opening of the streetcar service, Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation are offering $5 one-way fares ($2.50 for children ages 2 to 12) from Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Royal Oak, Troy, and Pontiac to the Detroit station, a half block from the Baltimore Street Q Line stop near the Penske Tech Center maintenance facility in New Center.

The offer is available through May 21.

Merchants along the streetcar line offered special discounts this past weekend. Passengers were able to ride the streetcars for free.

The QLINE uses cars built by Pennsylvania-based Brookville Equipment Corporation that run on batteries at the ends of the routes and draw power from overhead wires in the middle of the system.

The streetcars run between Detroit’s New Center business area and the downtown riverfront district.

Brookville Completes Cars for Detroit M1 Rail

April 13, 2017

Pennsylvania-based Brookville Equipment said this week it has delivered the fifth and sixth off-wire-capable Liberty Streetcars to the Detroit-based QLINE system “ahead of contractual delivery dates and prior to the QLINE’s recently announced May 12 start of revenue service.”

The cars were built in Brookville, Pennsylvania, and will operate on a 6.6-mile loop on Woodward Avenue without catenary for 60 percent of the route.

Other features of the nearly 67-foot long cars are a 70 percent-plus low-floor area, station-level passenger boarding, and the capability to transport up to 125 passengers.

“Throughout the project, our deliveries occurred [on] an average of 57 days ahead of their contractual dates, beginning with the pilot vehicle’s arrival in September 2016,” Brookville said in a news release “Since that time, the streetcars have been gradually undergoing testing in preparation for the forthcoming line opening.”

Brookville also has delivered Liberty Streetcars to Dallas Area Rapid Transit and is under contract with the City of Oklahoma City and the City of Milwaukee for the production of similar vehicles.