China-based train car manufacturing company interested in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Springfield has a history with trains and could be heading back to it’s train manufacturing roots bringing in hundreds of jobs.

Changchun Railway Vehicles Company, or CNR, is based in China, but wants to build its North American hub in Springfield.

22News found out the company is in an “option agreement” with Pinnacle Entertainment to buy the old Westinghouse property on Page Boulevard.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said CNR could finish construction 18 months after they get approval to build, and the bid to build the MBTA rail cars.

“They went to fifty sites in the Northeast. Springfield ranked out number one for what they were looking for and what they really liked and what’s going on in the City of Springfield,” said Mayor Sarno.

Mayor Sarno said CNR would have contracts from Canada to Atlanta and would create hundreds of jobs in the City. He showed 22News a model train CNR gave the City.

One of the largest manufacturers of railroad cars in the U.S., Wason Manufacturing Company, started in the city’s north end in 1845.   It had hundreds of employees, some of the first passenger coaches and eventually trolleys that.

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