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1/9/2009



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

Updates from ENSCO, RailComm, RMI, Greenbrier, Arrow Reload Systems and Evans Network


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• ENSCO Inc. obtained a contract from Hyundai Rotem Co. to manufacture and deliver two pairs of instrumented wheel sets, which will be installed on passenger cars being introduced in the United States, and built for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and Southern California Regional Rail Authority. ENSCO will provide custom-made instrumented wheel sets and perform data analysis to evaluate the high-speed car’s performance. ENSCO also will provide track geometry measurement and analysis services to Hyundai Rotem under a separate contract.

• Commonwealth Railway has placed RailComm Inc.’s Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) office system into revenue service. The Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) office system is accessed through a Web-enabled Software-as-a-Service delivery model. The DOC system is designed with built-in expansion capabilities for adding workstations and/or field control nodes without interrupting the current system’s operation.

• RMI has announced winners of its 2009 Fast Track Awards. A provider of rail information services to the transportation industry, RMI created the awards in 2006 to recognize RailConnect and ShipperConnect users that automate manual processes, improve information capture and reporting, enhance asset management or make processes more efficient. The 2009 winners are the Buckingham Branch Railroad; CG Railway Inc.; CSX Transportation; Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corp.; Louisville & Indiana Railroad; Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Co.; Ontario Northland Railway; Port Terminal Railroad Association; R.J. Corman Railroad; Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis; Wisconsin Northern Railroad; and WT&L Corp.

• During its first fiscal quarter, which ended Nov. 30, The Greenbrier Cos. reported revenue of $256 million, down 9.5 percent compared with revenue from the prior fiscal year's first quarter. The company also reported a net loss of $3.3 million and rail-car deliveries of 800 units vs. net earnings of $2.6 million and deliveries totaling 1,900 units in the prior fiscal year. Greenbrier's backlog on Nov. 30 stood at 15,900 units valued at $1.39 billion compared with 16,200 units valued at $1.44 billion on Aug. 31, 2008.

• Southern Railway of British Columbia (SRY) has contracted Arrow Reload Systems Inc. to operate the Chilliwack transloading center. Arrow will provide a full compliment of services that will enable the railroad to develop the site and pursue a wide range of products and service options, SRY said.

• Trucking and logistics firm The Evans Network of Cos. has opened a new service center in New Orleans near five Class Is. The center — Evans’ first in Louisiana — increases the company’s transportation and logistics capabilities, Evans said.


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