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Updates from GE Transportation, Miner, Bombardier, Kelso and Railinc

• GE Transportation received an order from PT Kereta Api (PTKA), Indonesia’s state-controlled railway, for 20 C20-EMP locomotives. Terms weren’t disclosed. GE and PTKA also signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a long-term plan for PTKA’s purchase or lease of up to 150 additional locomotives. The locomotive order is the largest in Indonesia's history, according to GE. The 20 locomotive kits will be built at GE’s Erie, Pa., facility. Final assembly will be completed by PT INKA. Deliveries are scheduled for 2010 and 2011.

• Miner Enterprises Inc. was selected by BNSF Railway Co. to supply Miner Ore Car Mechanisms for 167 new ore cars built for the Class I by FreightCar America. Miner also will provide high-capacity Crown SE™ draft gears, long-travel constant-contact TCC-IV side bearings and Miner Series 2008 brake beams.

• Bombardier Transportation received a contract from the city of Phoenix to operate and maintain a BOMBARDIER INNOVIA automated people mover system at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The $186 million design-build contract includes the design and supply of all system-wide electrical and mechanical equipment, and the construction and equipping of an operations, maintenance and storage facility. Under a separate $69 million operate-maintain contract, Bombardier will provide operation and maintenance services for 10 years. Completion of the first stage of the 2.2-mile PHX SkyTrain project is scheduled for 2012.

• Kelso Technologies Inc. has engaged AVS Tank Car Valve Services to assemble and ship Kelso pressure-relief valves for the North American tank-car market. AVS Tank Car Valve Services is an AAR-registered (Class F and G) rail tank-car valve repair and assembly operation based in LaPorte, Texas. In addition to providing tank car valve repair and overhaul services, AVS will assemble, test and ship Kelso pressure-relief valves direct to Kelso customers.

• Railinc Corp.’s board recently elected a new chairman: Tom Werner, vice president of information technology at Norfolk Southern Corp. Werner, who joined the Railinc board in 2007, succeeds Canadian Pacific’s Allen Borak, who has retired from the board. Heather Campbell, CP’s VP of information technology, also was elected to the board.

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