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5/12/2010


Rail News: Passenger Rail
Updates from Invensys Rail, Gunderson, Bombardier, Alstom, RMI and Thales



• Invensys Rail has appointed Nick Crossfield managing director for its Northern European division. Previously, he was director of Network Rail. Crossfield succeeds Mark Wild, who has been acting managing director since November 2009.

• Gunderson L.L.C, a unit of the Greenbrier Cos., announced it will appeal the city of Portland, Ore.’s recently adopted River Plan with the Oregon State Land Use Board of Appeals. The company believes the plan fails to strike an appropriate balance, and is punitive to jobs-producing businesses on the waterfront and in the Northwest Industrial Sanctuary, Gunderson officials said in a prepared statement.

• Bombardier Transportation, in consortium with China Railway Signal & Communication Corp, has received two contracts valued at a total of $99 million from Pakistan Railways for Bombardier Interflo 200 mainline signaling systems on connecting sections of the Karachi-Lahore line. Under the contracts, Bombardier is responsible for designing, manufacturing, supplying, installing and commissioning the signaling system on a turn-key basis for a total of 267.2 miles of track with 31 stations.

• Alstom has received a $129.4 million contract from the Stockholm public transports authorities for 12 new Coradia Nordic suburban trains to be used on the Stockholm-Uppsala line. Delivery is slated for 2012.

• RMI has received a new five-year contract from Southern Railway of British Columbia Ltd. (SRY Rail Link) for the expanded and continued use of RMI’s RailConnect suite of services. SRY is trying to integrate their operations more fully with their shippers through the RMI ShipperConnect tool, said SRY President Frank Butzelaar.

• Thales reported first-quarter revenue of $1.4 million for its aerospace and transport group, up 3 percent compared with first-quarter 2009. However, transport activities were down slightly due to the seasonal nature of the contracts, Thales officials said in a prepared statement. Aerospace and transport orders totaled $1.36 million in Q1, an increase of 1 percent. Transport orders were down mostly due to large-scale signaling contracts for high-speed rail lines in Spain that were not repeated this year, Thales officials said.

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