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Updates from Alstom, EMD and Southwest Signal


• Alstom Transport won an order from Dutch railroad Rotterdam Rail Feeding (RRF) for three renovated BR-203 freight locomotives. RRF will use the locomotives — which will feature new low-emission engines, particulate filters, brake equipment, compressors with air dryers, electronics and coupling gear — at the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Alstom will renovate the locomotives at its Stendal, Germany, plant.

• Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. (EMD) has produced its 7,500th 710 locomotive engine, which is designed to meet U.S and European exhaust emission standards. During the past two years, the company has been granted 37 patents on new 710 engine technologies focused on reducing emissions and improving fuel efficiency. In recent months, EMD has improved the engine's fuel efficiency another 2 percent.

• Southwest Signal Engineering has appointed Clark Stelling vice president of sales and marketing. He most recently served Safetran Systems Corp. in various capacities and has more than 30 years of rail industry experience.

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