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Rail News: Communication and Signal

Updates from EMD, 10East, Timken, IndigoVision, PNG Ventures, GE Rail Services and Harsco


• Electro-Motive Diesel Inc.'s (EMD) updated Class 66 European locomotive has become the first mainline diesel-electric locomotive to achieve EU TSI Noise Certification noise reduction standards. The locomotive achieved the standards for internal cab noise level in the "horn blowing" and "locomotive in motion" categories because EMD used noise-dampening materials in the assembly process. The Class 66 unit also achieved certification for external noise levels in the "standing idle," "start off" and "pass by" categories because EMD updated its engineering and manufacturing methods and processes to reduce noise and vibration. Lloyd's Register Netherlands B.V. conducted the TSI Noise Certification.

• 10East Corp. announced the Nebraska Central Railroad; Idaho Northern and Pacific Railroad; Wichita, Tillman and Jackson Railway Co.; New Orleans and Gulf Coast Railway Co.; Thunder Mountain Line; and Providence and Worcester Railroad Co. recently began using the RailDOCS™ Preventive Maintenance Management System (PMMS). For the past several years, PMMS — which supports preventive maintenance and government compliance logistics for signal requirements — has been used by the Paducah & Louisville Railway, Evansville Western Railway, Appalachian and Ohio Railroad, Alaska Railroad Corp. and Alabama State Port Authority, among others. 10East Corp. is a Software as a Service/Business Process Outsourcing provider of business management solutions to the North American rail industry.

• The Timken Co. has released a new 170-page Timken® bearing maintenance manual for original equipment manufacturers, end users and students. The manual covers maintenance procedures for Timken's most common roller bearing designs, including tapered, cylindrical, spherical, ball, needle and thrust bearings. Topics include general handling and inspection, internal clearances for each bearing type, proper lubrication practices, maintenance tools and grease selection. Timken provides bearings to the rail industry.

• IndigoVision's internet protocol (IP) video system has been deployed as part of a closed-circuit TV (CCTV) central monitoring and recording project for First Capital Connect (FCC), which operates trains between London, Brighton, Bedford, Peterborough, Cambridge and King's Lynn in the United Kingdom. As part of its five-year, $15 million station improvements program, FCC contracted IndigoVision and its partner ATEC Security to install a new IP-based video surveillance, recording and transmission system. The project included upgrades to 1,194 existing analog CCTV cameras in 63 stations.

• PNG Ventures obtained a contract from Pacific Harbor Line Inc. (PHL) to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the short line's locomotive fleet that serves the Port of Los Angeles. Every four to five days, PNG will provide PHL 800 to 1000 gallons of LNG, which produces fewer air emissions compared with diesel fuel when comsumed by locomotives.

• GE Rail Services has been selected by The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) as a co-winner of the Enterprise BI Best Practices Award for 2008. The award recognizes GE Rail for deploying a comprehensive information delivery system with an enterprise business intelligence (BI) portal that meets a wide spectrum of user needs and resulted in improved efficiency and cost savings.

• Harsco Corp. named Henry Knueppel to its board. He is chairman and chief executive officer of Regal Beloit Corp. Harsco owns Harsco Track Technologies, which provides rail maintenance equipment.

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