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Updates from Bombardier, Harsco, Faiveley and Herzog


• Today, Bombardier Transportation announced it obtained an order worth $128 million from Metrolinx to supply 50 bi-level commuter-rail cars to GO Transit in Toronto. The cars will be built at Bombardier’s Thunder Bay, Ontario, plant. Production is scheduled to start in June with first deliveries expected in November. Last week, Bombardier announced it received a $101 million order from Vasttrafik in Germany for six new Regina high-speed trains, increasing the fleet to 26 trains. In addition to the Regina trains, the Vasttrafik fleet also includes the Bombardier Itino diesel multiple units, which have been in operation since 2006.

• Harsco Corp. has obtained two additional track maintenance equipment orders worth $11 million from China metro transit system operators Suzhou and Guangfo. Both orders call for Harsco’s 20-stone rail grinders, which the metros will use to restore and maintain rail profiles for smoother travel at higher speeds. The grinders are scheduled for delivery in 2012.

• Faiveley Transport Group has acquired the remaining 25 percent of its Levkov subsidiary, which specializes in electromechanical solutions for the rail industry. Faiveley acquired 75 percent of Czech Republic-based Levkov in 2002. In February, Faiveley acquired 80 percent of Swiss company UrsDolder AG, which produces heating devices for the rail industry. Also in February, Faiveley obtained a contract to equip double-deck trains with 160 auxiliary converters for the Metra Highliner 2, part of the Chicago suburban network. The converters will be produced in the United States.

• The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) recently recognized Herzog Transit Systems for its on-the-job safety record. Herzog, which contracts with NCDOT, has exceeded 2,000 injury-free work days at the department’s rail division maintenance facilities in Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C. Herzog has contracted with NCDOT since 2002 to maintain state-owned locomotives, rail cars and other heavy equipment.


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