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Rail News: Communication and Signal

Updates from Alstom, Kelso Technologies, RailComm, Nordco, SYSTRA, Gannett Fleming and Pacer


Here's some more news from the rail supplier/service provider front:

• Alstom Transport won an order worth about $110 million from German railway operator Veolia Verkehr for 30 CORADIA LINT regional trains. Alstom will manufacture the diesel-engine trains in Salzgitter, Germany, and deliver all units in 2009. Veolia Verkehr subsidiary NordWestBahn will operate the trains on its western Germany network to connect the cities of Düsseldorf, Duesburg and Oberhausen. The two-coach vehicles can reach speeds up to 74 mph and accommodate 136 passengers.

• Kelso Technologies Inc. signed an agreement to acquire rights to a manway cover system for tank-car applications. Developed by Kelso Vice President of Engineering Barry LaCroix, the system addresses a manway cover design that has been used on rail tank cars for more than 40 years. The system comprises a single “strap” instead of six or eight bolts that typically are tightened around the perimeter of a manway cover to provide a leak-tight seal between a cover gasket and load/unload nozzle. Kelso believes the system has the potential to double sales revenue for the company, which supplies tank-car pressure relief valves.

• RailComm Inc. announced that Lake State Railroad Co. is incorporating its track warrant control module into an existing Domain Operations Controller System (DOC®). During the past two years, the railroad has dispatched trains in CTC territory through the DOC system. Now, the track warrant control module will provide the railroad an integrated view of all train traffic within its territory, RailComm said.

• Nordco Inc. has introduced a redesigned Web site at to make it easier for customers, prospective employees, suppliers and other stakeholders to get up-to-date information on the company and its railroad maintenance-of-way and track maintenance/inspection products and services. The site now features redesigned graphics and navigation tools, a search-by-keyword function for the entire site, a regularly updated news section, video clips of MOW machines and an online library of product support bulletins.

• Engineering and construction management firm SYSTRA has appointed Mark Zannoni senior rail operations analyst. He will join the company's rail operations team in New York City. Zannoni has more than 15 years' experience in managing transportation projects ranging from rail transit to aviation. His former clients include MTA New York City Transit.

• Design and construction management firm Gannett Fleming has demonstrated its quality management system complies with ISO 9001:2000 standards. The certification is based on a high level of management commitment; the availability of resources needed to implement quality policies; attention to quality control and quality assurance; and measurement, analysis and improvement of quality.

• Pacer Distribution Services Inc. President Kent Prokop has joined the National Industrial Transportation League's and Harbor Transportation Club's boards. He will serve a one-year term on the NIT League's board and act as a director-at-large for one year on the southern California club's board.

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