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Updates from RailComm, Siemens, Railpower, Interpipe, Interfleet Technology and Short Line Data Systems


• RailComm Inc. obtained a contract from CSX Transportation to provide a wireless remote-control yard system at Tilford Yard in Atlanta. RailComm’s Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) system will provide remote-control functionality to 17 GETS HydraSwitch machines and a crossing gate. The DOC system will be configured to control all switches individually, as well as provide entrance-eXit routing functionality. RailComm’s 2.4 GHz RADiANT™ data radios will provide a wireless communications network to link the office with field locations.

• Siemens Mobility obtained a contract from Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Ltd. to supply signaling and interlockings, and electrify the 14-mile, six-station Airport Metro Express Line in New Delhi. To be completed by July 2010, the work includes the installation of an automatic train-control system, electronic interlockings, an operations control system, and LED signals and switch machines. Siemens also will supply a traction power supply system for the line’s electrification. The company also won an order from Sweden’s Banverket to install six static frequency converters and provide traction power supply. The contract calls delivering, installing and commissioning five 17-megawatt units in Häggvik and one in Eskilstuna. The power supply units are scheduled to begin operating in summer 2011.

• Railpower Technologies Corp. announced that the Quebec Superior Court issued another order providing the company an additional period of protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act. The initial order, which was granted on Feb. 4 and later extended to March 4, April 7 and April 20, now has been extended to May 26. Creditors and other third parties will continue to be stayed from taking steps against Railpower during that time. In addition, Railpower and R.J. Corman Railroad Group L.L.C. by May 29 expect to close a transaction under which R.J. Corman will purchase all of Railpower’s assets and its U.S. subsidiary, except for cash on hand and on deposit in financial institutions, land and property located in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, and two road switchers.

• Steel pipe and railway wheel supplier Interpipe has passed an Association of American Railroads (AAR) audit for its rail wheel production processes. The audit confirmed that a quality management system (QMS) at Interpipe’s Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, mill meets the AAR M-1003 industry standard. The AAR examined eight processes of the QMS, while Interpipe performed an internal audit of document management and evaluated employees’ qualifications. The QMS used in the production of rail wheels at the mill first met the AAR M-1003 standard in April 2000. As a result, the company obtained permission to supply rail wheels in North America.

• International rail consultant Interfleet Technology has become the first manufacturer-approved training provider in the United Kingdom for a new signaling system introduced in the nation, according to the firm. Interfleet is providing support to Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) on the Early Deployment Scheme pilot of the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Level 2 on the Cambrian Line. The firm currently is developing training courses and materials pertaining to the new ERTMS systems that will be provided to ATW maintenance personnel. Interfleet’s staff has been trained and approved by ERTMS manufacturer Ansaldo STS. ERTMS is an interoperable system that uses mobile communication GSM-R technologies to send information to a train, enabling engineers to view instructions on speed limits and movement authorities on a cab display instead of via traditional trackside signals.

• Short Line Data Systems Inc. has introduced a new version of its Rail Operations and Customer Service (ROCS) software. Version 12 incorporates various enhancements, including faster processing speed. Waybills/bills of lading and advance consists can be processed five to seven time faster, according to the company. Version 12 also offers new self-correcting features and a history report, and enhancements to car hire processing and car count reports.

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