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Rail News: Communication and Signal

Updates from David J. Joseph Co., Alstom/Ansaldo STS, Global Rail Systems and Lat-Lon

Chalk up another acquisition and additional contracts among the rail industry supplier set:

• Nucor Corp. reached an agreement to acquire the stock of SHV North America Corp., which owns the David J. Joseph Co., for about $1.4 billion. David J. Joseph Co. will become a wholly owned Nucor subsidiary and maintain its Cincinnati headquarters. Among its five main businesses, David J. Joseph Co. provides rail-car leasing, fleet management and logistics services.

• An Alstom-led consortium including Ansaldo STS subsidiary Ansaldo Segnalamento Ferroviario won a $26.7 million contract to provide signaling and command/control systems for Tunisian national railway SNCFT. To be executed in 24 months, the contract calls for designing, producing and installing a computer-based interlocking at Tunis Ville, the railroad's largest station, and the Borj Cedria depot; modernizing and extending an existing command/control system; and adapting and modifying station signaling systems to be compatible with Alstom-supplied electric traction.

• Global Rail Systems Inc. has provided an automated derail system for BNSF Railway Co.'s Pueblo, Colo., facility. The DTMF radio-controlled system, which can be expanded or modified for data radio control, features Global Rail's GLC with event log. Global Rail also provided a modular yard automation system for CSX Transportation's Mobile, Ala., facility. The wireless switch control system features a programmable touch screen local control panel with TrackMaster program for entrance/exit and stacked routing capabilities.

• Lat-Lon L.L.C. has sold more than 230 RailRider locomotive monitoring units to short lines. Featuring geo-fence capabilities, the unit issues a report when a locomotive leaves a yard, arrives at a customer's facility and points in between. The RailRider's new dispatch system is designed to provide minute-by minute location, speed and direction information. Lat-Lon also reported its revenue last year increased 41 percent compared with 2006's total.

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