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Rail News: Communication and Signal

Updates from Volkmann Railroad Builders, Redline, Business Contingency Group and Bombardier


• Volkmann Railroad Builders won a $30 million contract to build 36 miles of track in central Montana for an expanding Bull Mountain coal mine. Scheduled for completion in about one year, the project includes the installation of welded rail and concrete ties. BNSF Railway Co. will operate the line to move coal from the mine eastbound to end-user First Energy of Ohio.

• Redline Communications Group Inc. obtained a contract from the Utah Transit Authority to provide a broadband wireless platform so passengers can receive free Wi-Fi service on commuter trains. Redline has deployed its RedACCESS AN80i platform on 12 double-decker FrontRunner trains. The platform's track-side devices communicate with on-board units connected to Wi-Fi access points on each train.

• Disaster recovery and emergency management planning services provider Business Contingency Group (BCG) won a contract from CSX Corp. to provide crisis information management software. BCG's WebEOC ST software is designed to help transportation agencies plan for and deal with emergency situations and incidents. The software provides real-time information to facilitate coordination and decision-making for planning, training, emergency response, recovery, and government and business operation continuity functions.

• For fiscal-year 2008's second quarter, which ended July 31, Bombardier Inc. reported revenue of $4.9 billion, a 22 percent increase compared with second-quarter FY07's total. The company earned net income of $246 million vs. a net loss of $71 million a year earlier. Bombardier Transportation's revenue jumped 32 percent to $2.4 billion. During the quarter, the unit received orders worth $2.1 billion compared with orders worth $1.3 billion in FY07's second quarter. Bombardier Transportation's order backlog stood at $31.1 billion as of July 31.

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