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Posted at 3:47 PM ET, 07/23/2010

Amtrak buying new rail cars

By Washington Post editors

Amtrak says it is buying 130 new single-level rail cars, a contract that will create 575 jobs at a New York plant.

The $298 million contract was awarded to CAF USA, which will perform manufacturing and final assembly work at its plant in Elmira, N.Y.

The contract is part of a long-term fleet renewal plan. These cars will be used for long-distance train service.

Amtrak President and Chief Executive Joseph Boardman says the new cars will be similar to the Viewliner model and include sleeping cars, diners, baggage cars and baggage-dormitory cars.

The first car is expected to be completed in October 2012.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | July 23, 2010; 3:47 PM ET
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