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• Alstom Transport and Spanish partner Inabensa recently
signed a $16.4 million contract with the government of the Autonomous Community
of Andalusia in Spain to electrify Granada's tramway system. Alstom's share of
the contract totals $9.8 million and includes installing 22 miles of caetenary
and seven traction substations. The electrification work is scheduled to be
complete by July 2011. The 9.8-mile tramway will include 26 stations. Alstom
also obtained an $11 million contract from Réseau Ferré de France to equip the
French sections of freight corridors C and D with its European Railway Traffic
Management System Level 1 solution, Atlas 100. Alstom will ensure the ERTMS is
deployed across 1,242 miles of track and 4,100 signals. The contract could be
extended to five years, totaling $147 million. Finally, Alstom opened a
building at its Neuhausen, Switzerland, facility to test and validate train
bogies. The supplier developed a new test bench at the site that can
accommodate complete bogies, including the underfram, suspensions, transmission
• RailComm Inc. has provided a wireless remote-control
yard system for CSX Transportation's Tilford Yard in Atlanta. The Domain
Operations Controller (DOC®) system remotely controls 17 GE Transportation
HydraSwitch machines and a crossing gate. The system is configured to control
all switches individually, as well as provide entrance (NX) routing functionality,
according to RailComm.
• PowerRail Distribution Inc. recently formed a long-term
partnership with National Maintenance and Repair, a full-service Association of
American Railroads M-1003 engine rebuilder. National Maintenance and Repair
also rebuilds components, including power assemblies and engine pumps. The
partnership also will position PowerRail to offer technical sales and service,
and additional field support for the rail industry.
• SynchroNet Marine Inc. has formed a new sister company,
SynchroNet Intermodal Services Inc. (SIS), which will provide ramp-to-ramp
stack train transportation, capacity availability, customized asset management
services and online equipment visibility services. Formerly Marine's domestic
division, SIS will be led by Marc DiNapoli, who will serve as managing
director. The division will offer services in Chesapeake and Charlottesville,
Va.; Chicago; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Pleasanton, Calif.
• Xorail has moved its corporate headquarters to a new
location at 5011 Gate Parkway in Jacksonville, Fla. The firm "felt this
was an opportune time to reduce costs, make the move to a facility that would
better serve our employees and customers, and still allow for expansion to meet
the growing needs of the industry in the future," said Xorail President
and Chief Executive Officer Kash Krishnarao in a prepared statement.