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Updates from HAX Technologies, Bombardier, Alcatel-Lucent, Integran Technologies, Faiveley Transport, Stage 8 Locking Fasteners and EAO Switch Corp.


• HAX Technologies has received a contract from Kansas City Southern Railway Co. (KCSR) to provide GIS services for all of the railroad’s positive train control-required subdivisions, after completing a successful SpeedTrax pilot for the KCSR along their New Orleans subdivision.

• Bombardier Transportation received a $474 million order from France’s SNCF for an additional 49 Regio2N regional double-decker trains. The agency is exercising an option on a contract originally signed on February 24. Deliveries are expected to begin in June 2013 and be complete by mid-2016.

• Alcatel-Lucent obtained a contract from Jernbaneverket, the Norwegian National Rail Administration, to deploy an advanced high-speed network that will handle all business communications for the railway.

• Integran Technologies was contracted by the U.S. Department of Transportation to develop hybrids of nanocrystalline metal and thermoplastic elastomers. The material will be used as flangeway gap materials for rail crossings.

• Faiveley Transport received a contract from Bombardier Transport North America to supply the brake system, doors and air conditioning for 204 trams Bombardier is building for the Toronto City Tramway. The contract includes an option to equip an additional 410 trams with the systems.

• Stage 8 Locking Fasteners has received a patent from the U.S. Patent Office for its latest design — a cap screw locking system for railroad roller bearing end caps. The design will provide an increase in roller bearing retention and decrease loss of lubrication.

• EAO Switch Corp. has received the International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) quality standard certificate, revision 2. The certificate ensures that EAO’s products for the railway industry meet globally recognized levels of quality.

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