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12/13/2007



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

Updates from FreightCar America, Mirage Networks, Bombardier, NCC Construction and Harsco



Rail industry suppliers and service providers continue to share their latest domestic and international developments:

• FreightCar America Inc. is expanding its rail-car rebody, conversion and refurbishment capabilities to "reenergize" the business segment. The company is offering program rebody work, major rebody programs and kits for rebodying cars at customers' shops, freight-car conversions for different service and refurbishments.

• MTA New York City Transit will deploy Mirage Networks' Network Access Control automated train network system. NYCT is transitioning from a manual to computerized communication-based train-control system. Mirage Networks' system will authenticate NYCT's employees and contractors, scan network resources to ensure compliance with the subway operator's policies and enhance network visibility.

• Bombardier Transportation obtained a $189 million order from Porterbrook Leasing for 27 DMU Class 172 vehicles or "Green Trains.” To be delivered between first- and second-quarter 2010, the vehicles comprise 12 two-car and 15 three-car TURBOSTAR trains. The vehicles will feature BOMBARDIER MITRAC traction power systems. Porterbrook Leasing is obtaining the trains for joint venture service operator Govia, which will assign the vehicles to its London Midland franchise.

• The city of Bergen, Norway, commissioned NCC Construction AS to build two stages of the Bybanan light-rail system. To begin next month, the work includes construction of a larger two-mile segment and preparing the light-rail line for future double track. Part of the segment will be built above ground and another portion will run through two existing tunnels. NCC also will construct a smaller segment, and build and renovate bridges.

• Harsco Corp. added Terry Growcock, chairman of The Manitowoc Co., to its board. Growcock previously served as Manitowoc Co.'s chief executive officer, and held numerous executive positions at Siebe plc and United Technologies Corp. Harsco is the parent of Harsco Track Technologies.


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