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Updates from Bombardier, CIT, Skanska, RailComm and EnerSys

• Trenitalia (Italian Railways) recently awarded Bombardier Transportation a $383 million order to supply an additional 100 E464 electric locomotives, with an option for 50 more. Delivery is scheduled for between 2010 and 2012. With the recent order, Trenitalia — which already operates 480 E464s — will have “one of the largest single vehicle-type fleets in Europe,” according to a prepared statement.

• CIT Group Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Peek will resign effective Dec. 31. The company’s recently launched restructuring plan makes it “the appropriate time to focus on a transition of leadership,” Peek said in a statement issued yesterday. The board of CIT, whose holdings include full-service rail-car and locomotive lessor CIT Rail, will form a search committee to oversee the recruitment process and “ensure a smooth leadership transition.”

• Skanska received a $93.8 million contract from Network Rail to construct a 1,320-foot railway viaduct over the Borough Market food market in southeast London. The project, which also includes demolition work and the temporary relocation of Borough Market, is scheduled for completion in August 2012.

• RailComm recently provided New Jersey Transit with a control system for several derail devices as part of the Hoboken Rail Yard project. Located adjacent to the wheel truing machine pit, a RailComm Control Panel controls the derail devices.

• ODYSSEY® batteries produced by EnerSys® power a prototype 1,500-horsepower electric, four-axle switcher that Norfolk Southern Railway unveiled Sept. 28 at its Juniata Locomotive Shop in Altoona, Pa. The NS 999 switching locomotive features an energy storage system powered by 1,080 ODYSSEY model 31-PC2150S rechargeable, lead-acid, 12-volt batteries configured in a 648-volt, 20-string system. The switcher is the focal point of an NS initiative aimed at reducing emissions and identifying the benefits of regenerative braking systems. The Class I selected the ODYSSEY batteries for their energy storage capacity and reliability, according to NS Research and Test Department’s Gibson Barbee.

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