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Rail News: Communication and Signal

Updates from Wabtec, Bombardier/Alstom, Railhead, RailComm, Boatright Enterprises and Railpower


• Wabtec Corp. has formed Beijing Wabtec Huaxia Technology Company Ltd., a joint venture in China that will produce friction products for the Chinese rail market. Wabtec has partnered with Beijing Huaxia United Friendship New Technology of Electrification Development Co. Ltd., which manufactures friction products for the Chinese mainline railway and mass transit markets.

• A Bombardier Transportation/Alstom Transport consortium has landed a $176 million contract to supply 72 M6 double-deck cars for the Belgian National Railways (SNCB). Deliveries are scheduled to begin in April 2010 and conclude in March 2011. The pact is the fourth follow-on order from a contract originally awarded in 1999. SNCB now will take delivery of a total of 492 M6 double-deck cars. Bombardier will be responsible for the complete production of the four-cab cars and final assembly of 68 intermediate cars; Alstom will supply auxiliary converters for all cars and train-control devices for the four-cab cars.

• Railhead Corp. won a contract to supply a new state-of-the-art video surveillance system to the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD). Railhead recently began installing wireless video systems on NICTD cab cars and electric passenger coaches. The systems feature two to four exterior and/or interior high-resolution cameras designed to monitor grade crossings and signals, and record events inside coaches. NICTD also is using Railhead’s Locomotive Digital Video Recording system to record and display speed, location, and other data.

• CSX has contracted RailComm Inc. to provide its DOC® Yard Automation System for a Selkirk, N.Y., facility. RailComm’s Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) server-based control system will enable the yard’s tower to remotely control 48 GE Transportation HydraSwitch™ machines. The DOC system features eNtrance and eXit (NX) routing and stacked route planning capability. RailComm will use its 2.4 GHz RADiANT™ data radios to provide a wireless communications network linking the yard’s office with field locations.

• Boatright Enterprises Inc. has named Steve Bookout vice president and chief financial officer; Alison Potts, VP and director of marketing and government affairs; and Greg Dailey, VP and chief operating officer. Affiliated with the Boatright family of companies since 1990, Bookout has more than 30 years’ experience in accounting and finance. Potts, who joined Boatright in 2001, has extensive marketing and public relations experience, and Dailey has more than 15 years’ experience in automated production systems. Boatright provides railroad maintenance products and services.

• Low- and medium-horsepower locomotive builder Railpower Technologies has been awarded a certificate of registration for operating a quality management system that complies with ISO 9001:2000 requirements. The registration certifies that Railpower’s quality control policies, practices and procedures follow best practices. The company underwent a stringent evaluation process and a multi-day independent audit of its quality management system to achieve certification.

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