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Updates from L.B. Foster, Bombardier, SNCF/Eurotunnel, RailComm and Rosenqvist Rail AB


• L.B. Foster Co. was awarded a $3.9 million transit-rail products stimulus-funded contract for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Fern Rock Yard track renewal project. RailWorks Track Systems Inc. is replacing track and contact rail installations dating from 1928 in the Philadelphia yard with a “wide range of transit products sourced from L.B. Foster,” according to a prepared statement. L.B. Foster has begun to deliver new rail, trackwork turnouts, contact rail, coverboards, insulator assemblies and bonded insulated joints.

• Bombardier Transportation signed a contract with Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) to supply 99 BOMBARDIER FLEXITY Berlin trams. The $431 million order follows a 2006 framework agreement for up to 210 vehicles; it also includes 40 long and 24 short one-way vehicles, as well as 35 short bi-directional vehicles trams. The first vehicles will be delivered in May 2011; the rest are expected by 2017.

• SNCF Group and Eurotunnel jointly acquired Veolia Cargo, The Veolia Group’s freight-rail business. Terms weren’t disclosed. Groupe SNCF will assume control of Veolia Cargo’s rail companies in Germany, The Netherlands and Italy; Groupe Eurotunnel will assume the operations of Veolia Cargo’s French branch, which comprises Socorail, Veolia Cargo France, Veolia Cargo Link and CFTA Cargo.

• RailComm was selected to provide a wireless remote-control yard system at CSX Transportation’s Avon Yard in Indianapolis. The RailComm Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) system will provide remote control to several GE Transportation HydraSwitch machines. The DOC system will be configured to control switches individually and provide eNtrance eXit routing functionality. Meanwhile, RailComm’s 2.4 GHz RADiANT™ data radios will provide a wireless communications network to link the office with field locations, the company said.

• Sweden’s Rosenqvist Rail AB, which recently was acquired by the Pandrol Group, has appointed sister company Vortok International as its distributor in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Vortok will supply a range of clipping machines, sleeper handling equipment, road-rail converters and rail thimbling rollers to “maintenance and renewal teams,” according to a prepared statement.

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