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Updates from Vossloh, EKE-Electronics, Bombardier, Transportation Certification Services and Herzog Contracting


• Poland’s “cartel authority” has prohibited Vossloh AG from acquiring a stake in KolTram Sp. Z o.o., a Polish manufacturer and marketer of rail switches and rail-switch components, according to a Vossloh statement.

• EKE-Electronics Ltd. will supply a “train communication gateway solution” to Stadler Pankow GmbH in Germany, according to an EKE-Electronics statement. EKE-Trainnet gateways will be used in Stadler’s various Regio-Shuttle train projects. Equipment racks will consist of WTB (Wire Train Bus Interface) and CAN (Vehicle Bus Interface) communication modules, as well as PowerPC-based central processing units.

• In an event hosted today by the Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles, two Bombardier Transportation FLEXITY trams departed for Vancouver, Canada, where they’ll operate in a streetcar demonstration project during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The FLEXITY trams will provide free passenger service between the Olympic and Paralympic Village and Granville Island during the games. From Jan. 21 through March 21, Bombardier will operate the FLEXITY vehicles seven days a week, 18 hours per day on the 1.1-mile Olympic Line. The vehicles are scheduled to arrive in Vancouver in early December.

• Transportation Certification Services Inc. (TCS) recently began another phase of engineering training for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. TCS has been training student engineers for the authority since 2006.

• Herzog Contracting Corp. named Joe Stearns eastern region marketing manager for the company’s Railroad Services Division. He’ll be based in Atlanta.

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