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Updates from TranSystems/Hill International, Koppers, Alstom and Thales/Dimetronic


• A TranSystems Corp./Hill International Inc. joint venture won a two-year, $11.4 million contract from CSX Transportation to provide construction management services for the National Gateway double-stack intermodal route initiative. The $842 million public-private initiative calls for raising bridges, increasing tunnel clearances and building intermodal terminals along existing rail corridors.

• Koppers Inc. completed a transaction to acquire Portec Rail Products Inc.’s rail joint product line and a related manufacturing facility in Huntington, W.Va., for $10.1 million. The rail joint business is projected to generate $22 million in revenue in 2010.

• Alstom Transport obtained a contract from German railroad operator Deutsche Bahn to equip 121 trains with Atlas, Alstom’s European Rail Traffic Management System-based control system. Alstom will equip 71 ICE-T tilting trains and 50 ICE3 trains operating in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The first 17 newly equipped trains are scheduled to enter service in December 2012 in Austria.

• Thales and Dimetronic announced a high-speed rail line in Spain, for which they provided signaling and train control systems, opened on Dec. 19. The companies will provide maintenance services for the next three years. Thales provided electronic interlockings, wheel sensors, video surveillance and other equipment; Dimetronic provided a European Train Control System, centralized traffic control and other signaling equipment.

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