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The United States Department of Transportation and Transport Canada have both issued new regulations to enhance the safety of oil tank cars. With the boom in crude by rail, the age of the older DOT 111 tank cars and the severe accidents that have been occasioned by these developments, these government agencies have rolled out new regulations. To their credit the DOT and TC have done a lot to harmonize their regulations.[...]

Vertex Rail Technologies, LLC is excited to announce that it has entered into a joint venture with China Southern Rail (CSR) and will now continue operating its business as Vertex Railcar Corporation. While for decades American companies have invested in manufacturing facilities overseas in places such as Vietnam, India, and China, Vertex has reversed this trend by partnering with private equity investors and leading[...]

In keeping with Vertex Railcar Corporation’s commitment to support its employees and the communities where they live in both good, and bad, times CEO Donald Croteau anounced today that Vertex has renewed a long standing practice of allowing its site and buildings to be used as a command/control center for Duke Energy and their emergency response teams. This would apply when there are ever significant events that[...]

Vertex Railcar Corporation is looking forward to bringing its DOT 117 cars to the market in light of the new regulations from the DOT. The DOT 117 is the design replacing the DOT 111 and the CPC 1232 designs. Let’s take a look at some of the key safety improvements this design entails. Full-height half-inch thick head shield Tank shell thickness increased from 9/16 inch minimum TC-128 Grade B, normalized[...]