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8/14/2009



Rail News: Passenger Rail

Updates from Pandrol, Siemens Mobility, Pentadyne Power, CANAC Railway Services and Interpipe


• Pandrol fastenings are installed on both of China’s recently completed high-speed dedicated passenger links, the company announced. The first line runs between Shijiazhuang and Taiyuan, a distance of 118 miles. The ballasted tracks are equipped with PANDROL FASTCLIP rail fastenings; the PANDROL Offset SFC (Single FASTCLIP) baseplate system is used throughout the tunnel sections. The 222-mile second line runs between Hefei and Wuhan; Pandrol In-line SFC fastenings were selected to be installed in the tunnels. The kick-off operating speed for both lines is 155 mph, with plans to boost it to 85 mph after the initial operating period.

• Siemens Mobility will test European satellite navigation system Galileo in a simulation project slated to begin in 2010 at the company’s Test and Validation Center in Wegberg-Wildenrath, Germany. Eight signal generators — called "pseudolites" — will be mounted atop 50-meter-high transmission masts and transmit Galileo signals within a locally restricted area. The test is part of the “future-oriented” railGATE project, which is an initiative of RWTH Aachen University and sponsored by the German Aerospace Center, with funding provided by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Siemens said in a prepared statement. Galileo is expected to be in operation in 2013.

• The New York Power Authority has selected Pentadyne Power Corp. to supply a 2.4-megawatt energy recycling system that will be used to capture, store and reuse braking energy for an MTA Long Island Rail Road pilot project. The project involves an array of sustainable, environmentally responsible carbon-fiber flywheel systems designed to capture and store braking energy from slowing trains, and then reuse it for acceleration. The concept is similar to that used by hybrid cars, but the haz-mat-free flywheel technology is “far more rugged and energy efficient than hazardous chemical batteries used in hybrid cars,” Pentadyne Power said in a prepared statement.

• CANAC Railway Services Inc. named Woody Paulette senior director of business development. Paulette previously managed, supervised and coordinated business development and technical projects with Canadian Pacific. He’s also held various locomotive-related management positions with EMD-Electromotive and GE Transportation, and most recently served as a rail-industry consultant.

• Interpipe NTRP mill (Dnepropetrovsk), which produces railway wheels and wheel treads under the KLW brand, has passed an audit for the certification of both equipment and employees working at the non-destructive examination line of railway wheels. The wheels are supplied for export in accordance with the demands of international Railway Group Standard GM/RT 2005, the company said in a prepared statement. Meeting the standard is a necessary condition for all qualified suppliers of railway wheels to Bombardier Co., the company said.


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