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Updates from L.B. Foster/Portec, RailComm, Railhead, Jacobs Engineering, Cubic and Nomad Digital


• L.B. Foster Co. and Portec Rail Products Inc. announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued final approval of an agreement through which L.B. Foster would acquire Portec and purchase certain assets associated with Portec's rail joint business primarily located at a Huntington, W.Va., plant. The DOJ filed the consent decree in federal district court. Now, L.B. Foster plans to close the tender offer and acquire Portec following the judicial approval and satisfaction of certain other conditions.

• RailComm recently installed a shove track detection and indication system to complement a yard control system at CSX Transportation’s Erwin, Tenn., terminal. Designed to provide remote indication of shove track status, the system interfaces with an existing RailComm Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) system.

• Railhead Vision Systems obtained a contract from Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd. to update its locomotive fleet with video systems. The company expects to complete the fleet conversion by May 2011. Locomotive video systems can help save litigation costs, aid in employee training practices and integrate with event recorder information, according to Railhead.

• Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. won a contract to provide design and construction support services to MPact for Metrolink light-rail extensions in and around Manchester, U.K. Estimated at a total construction value of $590 million, the new lines will total 16.4 miles and add 33 stops to the Metrolink system.

• Cubic Transportation Systems and IBM Canada obtained a contract from TransLink to design, build and operate an electronic fare card and fare-gate system, which are slated to be operational in Vancouver by 2013. The province of British Columbia will provide $40 million and the Canadian government, up to $30 million for the project.

• Nomad Digital won a five-year, $6.3 million contract from VIA Rail Canada Ltd. and the Canadian government to enhance Wi-Fi service on passenger trains operating along the Ontario-Quebec corridor. Nomad will design, install, operate and maintain Wi-Fi infrastructure for VIA Rail.

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