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Rail News: Communication and Signal

Updates from MHF, Ansaldo STS, Nortel and Bombardier

• MHF Supply Chain Solutions obtained a three-year contract from steelmaker ArcelorMittal to move electric arc furnace dust via rail from ArcelorMittal's Vinton, Texas, facility to Monterrey, Mexico. MHF will use covered hopper cars to transport the dust.

• Ansaldo STS won a $61 million contract from the United Kingdom’s Network Rail to implement the second phase of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) on a stretch of the Cambrian Lines. The contract is expected to be signed in early 2009. Network Rail will be the first full user of ERTMS in the U.K., Ansaldo STS said.

• Nortel obtained a $27 million contract from Spanish national railway infrastructure company ADIF to implement, operate and maintain a GSM-R radio communication system for the new Barcelona-to-Figueres high-speed rail line. GSM-R is part of the ERTMS standard that combines GSM-R for voice communication and a European Train Control System for signaling.

• For its third fiscal quarter, which ended Oct. 31, Bombardier reported consolidated third-quarter revenue of $4.6 billion, up 8 percent compared with the third-quarter total from the previous fiscal year. Net income more than doubled to $245 million. Bombardier Transportation’s revenue rose $400 million to $2.3 billion. The unit’s order backlog stood at $25.9 billion on Oct. 31 vs. $30.9 billion on Jan. 31, primarily because of weakening foreign currencies — mainly the euro and the pound sterling — compared with the U.S. dollar. During the third fiscal quarter, Bombardier Transportation reported new orders worth $2.8 billion vs. $3.1 billion in the third quarter of the previous fiscal year.

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