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Updates from Trainyard Tech, ENSCO, North American Signal, Bombardier, Thales and GE


• Trainyard Tech L.L.C. and GE Transportation Systems-Global Signaling reached an agreement to transfer GE’s PROYARD™ product line to Trainyard Tech during the next few months. The acquisition “significantly increases” Trainyard Tech’s installed base and improves customer service “across the board,” the company said. Future PROYARD installations will benefit from advancements made to Trainyard Tech’s ClassMaster™ process-control system, the company added. During the past eight months, Trainyard Tech has placed three Classmaster systems in service at Norfolk Southern Railway’s Roanoke and Bellevue yards, and the Terminal Railroad Association’s Madison Yard in Venice, Ill.

• ENSCO Inc. has delivered track inspection systems for CN’s new test car. The technologies will be used for automated inspections of track geometry, rail profile and joint bars across CN's network. The systems will help the Class I inspect 75,000 track miles annually. The delivery represents ENSCO’s first installation of its integrated joint bar inspection and track geometry measurement systems on the same vehicle.

• North American Signal Inc. and Tel-Test Inc. have merged to form North American Signal Systems. Tel-Test has been an integral part of the design and production of North American Signal products for the past eight years, and has more than 25 years of experience in designing and producing electro-mechanical systems, North American Signal said. The merger enables the companies to combine synergies to provide “outstanding control system products,” according to a merger announcement.

• Bombardier Transportation has obtained a $249 million order from Lloyds TSB and London Eastern Railways to supply 30 four-car BOMBARDIER ELECTROSTAR electrical multiple unit (EMU) trains and provide maintenance for three years. The EMUs will operate on the Stansted Express between Stansted Airport and London. To be delivered between March and June 2011, the ELECTROSTAR trains are designed to reach speeds up to 99 mph and will feature BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion and controls systems. Meanwhile, Bombardier Inc. reported total fiscal-year revenue of $19.7 billion, up 13 percent compared with the previous fiscal year. Earnings jumped 56 percent to $1.4 billion and net income climbed to $1 billion vs. $317 million in the previous fiscal year. Bombardier Transportation’s revenue increased 25 percent to $9.8 billion and order backlog stood at $24.7 billion as of Jan. 31.

• Thales AG obtained a contract from Deutsche Bahn AG to provide a European Train Control System Level 2 — Thales’ first commercial high-speed line contract in Germany for the new Intercity-Express (ICE) line, which will link Nuremberg and Munich via Ingolstadt. Deutsche Bahn will implement the train-control system along a 73-mile double-track line. As part of the contract, Thales also will provide two Radio Block Centers and about 1,000 balises. The system is expected to be fully operational by December 2009.

• GE’s Consumer & Industrial division has provided an energy efficient and low-maintenance lighting system for JFK AirTrain’s Jamaica Station complex. GE supplied lamps designed to reinforce passenger flow throughout the station. Daylight is supplemented with fluorescent lighting systems, which are controlled by photocell and astronomical time clocks to ensure that the right light levels are established throughout the facility at all hours.

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