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Some Mafex members with projects in United States and Canada

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Sice is in charge of the integrated controls and communication equipment in the expanded wilson yard and new wilson yard substation north in Toronto.

The Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Project is undertaking an extension of the existing Spadina Subway Line from Downsview Station, in the City of Toronto, to the Vaughan Corporate Centre.

To accommodate the extra trains required by the subway extension, extra storage tracks are required to store the trains in Wilson Yard.

SICE’s Scope includes the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of communication equipment:

  • 26 Harsh Environment Telephone
  • 21 Emergency Trip Switchs
  • Emergency Trip Control Cabinet
  • Fiber optic cable and Fiber Optic Cabinets
  • RF radiant and non-radiant coaxial cable
  • Station Control System Cabinet


CAF, present in the US for almost 20 years, has currently several projects in the country:

– Passenger coaches for AMTRAK: The production of 130 cars for AMTRAK long distance services. The order includes 25 sleepers, 25 dining cars, 55 baggage cars and 25 bedroom cars (which combine bed and baggage).

– LRVs for Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority: The supply of new LRVs which will run on Boston city’s Green Line.

– LRV Maryland: This is a Private Public Partnership (P3) Project to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Purple Line. CAF will suppy 26 LRVs, together with capital spares, special tools and test equipment.

Recently, CAF has supplied state-of-the-art tramways to cities such as Houston, Cincinnati and Kansas City, becoming one of the leading urban vehicle suppliers in the US.

These projects are manufactured at the CAF production facility in Elmira, New York.


CETEST has developed plenty of tests for projects in North America. Structural tests for the car shells of the Vacuum cleaner train for NYCT are being performed these days; this vehicle will be used for New York Metro maintenance and cleaning.

The environmental test campaign for PRIIA vehicle for CALTRANS- IDOT project will be performed soon for NIPPON SHARYO, with whom CETEST has already collaborated in the past for this project, as well as in Metrolinx DMUs in Toronto.

Moreover, dynamics and comfort test campaigns have been developed for AMTRAK (Viewliner I and II) and loco manufacturer BROOKVILLE, as well as complete homologation test campaigns for CAF tramways in Houston, Cincinnati and Kansas, amongst others.


Siemens Rail Automation has developed a version of his Trackguard Westrace electronic interlocking for the United States market. The new interlocking is installed in the New York Metro, at Dyre Avenue station. The North American market is especially exigent in terms of accomplishment of own regulations as AREMA (American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association).The Trackguard Westrace interlocking -the most-installed-worldwide electronic interlocking with more than 2,200 references- had to be adapted for this purpose to these requirements at the same time that the new security modules have been developed.

New York Metro is one of the most exigent clients in the world and has chosen the Trackguard Westrace interlocking due to its high security, availability and flexibility levels. This last one has allowed the adaptation to the requirements from the New York Metro in a record time, less than one year, a new milestone in the expansion plan of the Siemens Railway Signalling and Control portfolio to the new markets.


Kelox IRT USA, -an affiliate of Kelox S.A., a Spanish subsidiary of the Flores Valles Group-, signed a contract to supply catering onboard equipment for 21 cars manufactured by Nippon Sharyo Manufacturing, -a US-owned subsidiary of Japan’s NIppon Sharyo, which is part of Nippon Sharyo USA-, at its plant in Rochelle, Illinois. These cars are double-decker and have been purchased by a consortium of 5 states (California, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and Michigan) for which they have federal funding.

Kelox USA won the competition by offering quality equipment, design and technology being the first company to supply this material with the new specifications developed by the Next Generation of Equipment Committee (NGEC) created in the framework of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement ACT (PRIIA) and led by Amtrak, which placed Kelox in an unbeatable position for future tenders in the United States. Since railroad equipment is funded in part by federal funds, an essential point for Kelox was to comply with the Buy America requirements and, to that end, a subsidiary company of Kelox S.A. is established jointly with a US industrial group, which is the main supplier for manufacturing and assembly in its plant in Chambersburg, PA.

However, all aspects related to engineering, design, know-how and project management are the responsibility of Kelox España. This project is currently being completed, and as a result of this good positioning, the year 2016 Kelox IRT USA has been awarded by Siemens USA of two other orders in the United States, both for the new Brightline rolling stock awaiting inter-city commercial service in mid-2017 connecting Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

The first 10 Brightline trains are being manufactured from the Siemens hub in Sacramento, CA.


During the year 2016 MB SISTEMAS S. Coop. has developed and installed a new line of spot seam welding for corrugated panels of passenger rail coaches for KAWASAKI company in Lincoln (Nebraska-USA).

This new machine includes the latest technologies of artificial vision, air cooling system, automatic panel positioning, welding parameters online control and automatic polishing of the welding seam.


The public agency CHSRA (the California High Speed Rail Authority) awarded SENER the contract for delivering engineering and environmental services for the Palmdale to Burbank section of Los Angeles line of California’s high-speed rail system. This is a critical section of the line due to the complexity of crossing through the Los Angeles National Forest with its complicated orography and various tunnels, some of which will of a considerable length. It will furthermore pass through various cities where integrating the railway will be extremely problematic, including the Palmdale and Burbank stations


Since 2006, Indra has been the reference technology provider for St. Louis’s MetroLink system, for which it has implemented advanced contactless ticketing technology in its bus and light rail network. The entity that manages the regional public transportation system of the metropolitan area of St. Louis, which also operates in the states of Missouri and Illinois, entrusted to Indra the design and implementation of a contactless ticketing system for its MetroLink network, made up of 37 stations, and for the almost 70 lines that form the region’s bus system. All the systems are integrated at the control center installed by Indra, enabling the agile processing of the network’s operating and management information and the simplification of the maintenance of its systems.

St. Louis was one of the first cities to use the innovative fare system developed by Indra, which is capable of automatically charging passengers the best available price for their journeys without their having to worry about selecting the most suitable ticket. Another innovation implemented by Indra is a back-office system that works as a regional compensation system with other operators in the region, enabling the use of both individual transport tickets for each operator and unified tickets that allow passengers to make multimodal and multi-operator journeys.

Indra has also implemented its ticketing systems in the MetroRail service in the Texan city of Austin. The company provided Capital Metro, Austin’s transport authority, with a full automatic ticket issuance system and ticket validation systems located both at stations and on trains and in the portable devices used by inspectors. Indra’s technology received an ‘Honorable Mention’ in Austin City Council’s Access Awards due to the full accessibility of its ticket issuance machines, which offer visual and audible information in English and Spanish, as well as in Braille, and can be easily used by people in wheelchairs.

Indra has also been a recipient of the Best Industry Solution Award for the Travel and Transportation market, one of the prestigious awards issued by IBM in the United States, for its DaVinci system.


Southern California commuter operator Metrolink is launch customer of the Tier IV-compliant passenger locomotive F125 developed by Stadler Rail Valencia in cooperation with EMD/Progress Rail. First units of an order of 40 diesel-electric locomotives have been already delivered.

Stadler has designed the locomotive and manufactures the carbodies and the bogies. Final assembly is made in EMD/Progress Rail´s plant in Muncie who also supplies the traction and control systems.

This state-of-the-art F125, so named because it reaches a speed of 125 mph (200 km/h), is an innovative locomotive designed to meet strict environmental requirements Tier IV and optimize the performance of the operator.


The Series 8 trains are the latest Talgo development for the North American market. They are specifically designed to operate in this region and are compliant with all FRA standards including more demanding requirements for universal accessibility and structural resistance in the event of collisions. All have been manufactured by Talgo at a factory in Milwaukee and are currently serving the Oregon-Washington route, along with other Talgo trains in revenue since the late 90’s in the Cascades route connecting Portland with Seattle (USA) and Vancouver (Canada).

Its ongoing diversification strategy has led Talgo to new market segments and new business activities in the railway sector. With 60 years’ experience in long-distance rolling stock maintenance, Talgo will now overhaul up to 74 A650 rail vehicles of the Los Angeles metro fleet (USA), as part of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) long-term plans to develop a non-stop, sustainable mobility offer in the area.


Euroestudios, company of the TPF group associated to Gentisa-Payma group, is involved in the development of one of the most significant high speed projects currently undertaken in the USA. We are providing consulting services in the design of a section of the California High Speed Corridor under a design-and-build contract.

The California HSR Corridor covers a total length of approximately 800 miles. It will connect the major metropolitan areas of California, from San Francisco and Sacramento in the north to Los Angeles and San Diego in the south, with a design speed of 250 mph. Euroestudios is responsible for the design of the Fresno-Bakersfield section, which is located in the Central Valley and is included in Package 4.

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