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Updates from Trinity Industries, Bombardier, Talgo, Savi Technology and Unitrac Railroad Materials

Here's a few more rail supply industry developments to share at week's end:

• Trinity Industries Inc. announced its backlog increased in the fourth quarter to 31,870 rail cars — the company's second-highest year-end backlog — vs. 31,300 cars at the end of the third quarter. During the fourth quarter, Trinity received orders for 7,310 cars and delivered 6,740 cars.

• Bombardier Transportation extended its contract with HSBC Rail (U.K.) Ltd. to maintain a fleet of electric multiple units. Originally signed in 1994 and set to expire in April, the contract now runs to March 2014. The parties retain an option to further extend the contract to 2021. The value of the current extension is $104 million.

• Talgo Inc. named Joshua Coran director of operations to succeed Greg Sinn, who left the company. Talgo provides passenger rail-car maintenance services.

• Savi Technology has partnered with Indian firm AVAANA™ to provide radio frequency identification (RFID)-based products and services in India. A Lockheed Martin Corp. subsidiary, Savi will work with AVAANA to develop RFID solutions for the transportation industry, including ports, as well as homeland security and defense applications.

• Unitrac Railroad Materials Inc. has completed an expansion to its trackwork facility in Knoxville, Tenn. Unitrac, which manufactures diamond crossings, transition rails and other specialty trackwork, now will now have the capacity to produce turnouts up to #20 in angle.

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