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1/22/2008



Rail News: Communication and Signal

Updates from Siemens, Bombardier and RailComm


The rail supply industry continues to churn out news on new business:

• Siemens Mobility Division won a $69 million order from Slovenske Zelenice SZ, the Slovenian Railways, to provide 12 Eurosprinter-type locomotives. The contract includes an option for an additional eight units. Siemens will build the locomotives at its Munich-Allach, Germany, plant — which is operated by the Technical Service of Austrian Federal Railways — and produce bogies at its Graz, Austria, facility. Deliveries will begin in April 2009.

• Bombardier Transportation obtained a $65 million contract from the United Kingdom's Angel Trains for 12 two-car diesel multiple units — Bombardier's second order for its next-generation "Green Trains." London Overground Rail Operations Ltd. will use the power on its network and for Chiltern Railways. The units will feature BOMBARDIER MITRAC traction power systems. Bombardier will deliver the locomotives between fourth-quarter 2009 and third-quarter 2010.

• Bombardier also won an order from Brussels transport company STIB to provide 102 bi-directional BOMBARDIER FLEXITY Outlook trams, including a firm $285 million order for 87 vehicles. The contract is part of a five-year framework agreement with STIB. Delivery of the low-floor trams will occur between April 2009 and July 2012. Bombardier will produce vehicles in Belgium and bogies in Germany.

• RailComm Inc. will provide a solar-powered remote-control derail system for Alcoa's Louisville, Ky., facility. The wireless system features blue strobe lights to indicate derail status and can be remotely controlled from a push-button control panel. The system also provides "protection circuitry" to prevent derails while a train is in a protection zone.


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