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Updates from Alstom, Timken, Miner Enterprises and RailComm

• In partnership with Kawasaki, Alstom obtained a $784 million order from the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for 382 R160 subway cars. The order represents a second option on a contract Alstom and Kawasaki obtained from MTA in 2002. Alstom’s share of the latest order is $491 million and covers the production of 242 metro cars. To be delivered between 2009 and 2010, the stainless-steel cars will feature Alstom’s AC-propulsion systems and passenger information systems. Alstom will also supply propulsion systems for half of Kawasaki’s share of cars. Since 2002, Alstom has delivered 405 cars to MTA New York City Transit; another 355 cars currently are being manufactured.

• The Timken Co. obtained an order from Brazilian metals and mining firm Companhia Vale do Rio Doce for 600 Timken® AP-2™ rail-car bearings. The firm will use the bearings on its Class K freight cars used to transport export iron ore from mines across South America. The Timken AP-2 bearing is designed to reduce wear, and run at lower operating temperatures and lower torque compared with conventional rail-car bearing assemblies.

• Miner Enterprises Inc. has named Eric Graves sales engineer for the company's Midwest region. He most recently was product line/business development manager for a major rail supply company. Miner provides loading, unloading, energy management and braking products.

• Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad (LS&I) is incorporating RailComm Inc.’s Track Warrant Control functionality into an existing Domain Operations Controller System (DOC®). During the past two years, LS&I used the DOC system to dispatch trains within CTC territory. With the addition of the Track Warrant Control module, the railroad now will dispatch trains in CTC and dark territory from the same control desk. A software-based control system, DOC is designed with built-in expansion capabilities for adding workstations and/or field control nodes without interrupting current operations.

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