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Rail News: Communication and Signal

Updates from New York Air Brake, Wabtec, Alanco Technologies, Emcom Systems, Skelly & Loy and Interfleet Technology

• New York Air Brake Corp. has acquired Anchor Brake Shoe Co., which produces locomotive and freight-car brake shoes, including high- and low-friction composition shoes, and tread conditioning shoes. The addition of brake shoes to its product line will enable New York Air Brake to provide a “more comprehensive service” to North American customers, the company said.

• Wabtec Corp. completed its acquisition of Standard Car Truck — which formerly owned Anchor Brake Shoe — for about $300 million in cash. Founded in 1896, Standard Car Truck manufactures engineered components for locomotives and freight cars, including various truck parts, such as springs, friction wedges and wear plates, and locomotive compressors and pumps.

• Alanco Technologies Inc. obtained a pilot contract to provide its wireless StarTrak Systems monitoring devices for a major petrochemical company’s tank car fleet. The initial contract calls for supplying 70 systems by year’s end and deploying the devices on the fleet in early 2009. Total deployment would require about 2,500 StarTrak systems valued at more than $3 million, Alanco Technologies said. The solar-powered, satellite/cellular-based monitoring system is designed to provide operational and environmental status data for tank cars containing hazardous materials.

• Emcom Systems will provide its Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)-based EmVista Central communications system to MTA Staten Island Railway. Emcom also will supply IP6000 hands-free phones featuring Digital Signal Processing technology. The Staten Island Railway, which runs between Tottenville Station and the Staten Island Ferry, averages about 15,000 riders daily.

• Skelly and Loy is relocating its Harrisburg, Pa., headquarters to nearby Swatara Township in mid-December. The new offices will provide the engineering and environmental consulting firm more space, and locate all functions in one building and on one floor, Skelly & Loy said.

• International rail consulting firm Interfleet Technology has marked the 10th anniversary of its Graduate Development Scheme (GDS), which has helped induct 62 graduates into the global rail industry. The two-year program provides rail industry training to college graduates. GDS is accredited by the British Institution of Engineering and Technology, the United Kingdom’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Institute of Engineers Australia.

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