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3/21/2012



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March 21: Updates from Siemens, Alternative Motive Power Systems, Axion, Hirschmann Automation, RailComm and Alstom


• Italian private railway operator Fuori Muro has awarded Siemens a contract to manufacture two Vectron DC locomotives — the first order for the direct-current units, which are Siemens’ new generation of locomotives for the European market, according to a press release. Fuori Muro will use the locomotives primarily to transport freight along a 35-mile line connecting Genoa and the Interporto Rivalta Scrivia terminal. To be delivered in 2013, the locomotives are capable of operating at top speeds of 100 mph.

• Alternative Motive Power Systems (AMPS) is developing a modular GenSet package with a hybrid GenSet module for the road switcher/short-line locomotive marketplace — the first of its kind, according to the company. The development is being funded with a New Technology Research and Development grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The GenSet technology will address emission reduction needs and meet application requirements for the market, AMPS officials said in a prepared statement. The technology will be particularly suited for road switcher and short-line locomotives that operate at speeds below 35 mph, the officials added.

• Axion International has partnered with Parsons Brinckerhoff to create a design guide providing information on how short-span bridges can be designed and constructed using Axion’s STRUXURE™ products and construction systems for heavy-load applications. The guide will provide information on the strength and durability of Axion’s products, and how the company can pre-fabricate designs and ship them directly to project sites throughout the world, Axion officials said in a prepared statement. The guide is expected to make it easier for engineers to determine how to use Axion’s sustainable I-beams, pilings, plans and other products for infrastructure projects, they said.

• Hirschmann Automation and Control has presented a Top Sales 2011 award to Crane Warning Systems Inc., a Hirschmann dealer since the company established its dealer network in 2002. During the past 10 years, the Crane team “has been committed to providing the best solution for their customers with excellent customer service and support for Hirschmann’s line of crane indicator products,” Hirschmann officials said in a prepared statement. Crane Warning Systems offers Hirschmann’s entire line of PAT, Krueger and Hirschmann brand crane operator aids, including load moment indicators, wireless and hard-wired indicators, and anti-two block systems.

• RailComm will provide its GCOR dispatch system for Genesee and Wyoming Inc.’s Arizona Eastern Railway. The short line will be able to access RailComm’s Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) train-control system through a web-enabled Software-as-a-Service delivery model. The railroad can remotely dispatch trains anywhere an internet connection is available, and railroad managers can log in to view dispatching activity and management reports from remote locations, according to RailComm.

• Alstom Deutschland AG’s board has appointed Alf Henryk Wulf chief executive officer of the Alstom Germany Management Board. Most recently chairman of the Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland AG board, Wulf will be responsible for overseeing the strategic and operational development of Alstom’s business in Germany.






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