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Arlington wrote:That's the problem with pop-up manufacturing: the pop-down.
Wasn't supposed to be a pop-down though, Nippon Sharyo looked to be serious about the American market by building its own new facility, not rented space like Talgo America or reused space like CAF. At around the time of the crust test fiasco, a drastic rift between N-S and Sumitomo (which, notably, has not
stated it will leave the American market) broke that longtime symbiotic relationship in North America. Unknown whether the crush test was the reason or just a convenient excuse. N-S apparently wasn't willing or able to find another partner or grow to fill the marketing void, or to invest the engineering time to fix the issues.
Is N-S leaving the market altogether or just closing their manufacturing plant? They have rugged & innovative cars and the Can-Am market would be poorer for their total departure; I'd be especially sad if they don't continue marketing their DMU here, since the Budd RDCs can't actually last forever and I'm not sold on the Stadler units' suitability on the mainline just yet.
Also, I'd be surprised if this facility remained a railcar plant. Every major worldwide rolling stock manufacturer already has a plant in America, or has decided to exit the market recently. I guess Skoda Transtech or one of the Indian companies could take a swing? Or, given the occupant of the White House, perhaps United Wagon Company
will pick up the facility for a song? It's already exporting North American-spec railcars and has agreements with Wabtec.