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Rail News: Communication and Signal

Updates from ChemLogix, Bombardier, Trainyard Tech and UQM Technologies

Here are the latest developments in the rail supply/service provider industry:

• Union Pacific Railroad reached an agreement to transfer its BulkTainer® Service to ChemLogix L.L.C., which now will become the sole provider of BulkTainer services. UP will continue to provide rail transportation services for BulkTainers, intermodal tank cars used to move bulk liquids over long distances. The deal enables the Class I to focus on its core transportation services, UP said.

• Bombardier Transportation obtained a $137 million contract to provide an additional 84 MOVIA metro cars to the Delhi Metro Rail Corp. Ltd. The order is a follow-on to an original July 2007 order to supply 340 MOVIA metro cars. Delhi Metro requested a configuration change in the latest order to 37 four-car and 46 six-car trainsets. Bombardier will build the cars in South Gujarat, where the company is establishing a plant to manufacture coaches and bogies.

• Trainyard Tech L.L.C. won a contract from The Belt Railway Co. of Chicago to install a CLASSMASTER™ process-control system at the East and West Clearing Yards in Bedford Park, Ill., outside Chicago. The order represents Trainyard Tech' eighth and ninth CLASSMASTER installation since 2003. CLASSMASTER features auto calibration, easy-to-read loggers, graphic playback, real-time hump list display, electronic track blocking, automatic report generation, AEI Integration, remote diagnostics and maintenance, and locomotive speed control.

• UQM Technologies Inc. has delivered a PowerPhase® 100 motor to Vehicle Projects L.L.C., which will use the motor in a fuel cell-powered switcher being developed by a consortium comprising Vehicle Projects, BNSF Railway Co. and the U.S. Department of Defense. The locomotive — which would reduce air emissions and fuel usage compared with a conventional switcher — is expected to undergo field testing later this year.

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