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Updates from Thales, RailComm and MPL Technology


• Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit Co. Ltd. (BGL) in South Korea has launched revenue service on a line incorporating Thales’ SelTrac® advanced communications-based train control (CBTC) technology, according to a Thales press release. For the light-rail line, Thales has installed CBTC on 25 Hyundai Rotem trains operating at 114-second headways in unattended/driverless mode along the 14-mile double-elevated track. The line serves 21 stations, including a stop at the Gimhae Airport.

• BNSF Railway Co.’s Belen Yard in New Mexico soon will add RailComm’s Blue Flag Indicator (BFI) system, according to a RailComm press release. The BFI system is designed to enable a user to apply blue flag protection to fueling tracks through strategically located field control panels, which are outfitted with a keypad security system. The BFIs will be positioned in pairs at various locations along track in Belen Yard.

• Earlier this week, MPL Technology Inc. demonstrated its SpillX fueling system at Railway Interchange 2011 in Minneapolis. During the demonstration, the fueling system delivered fuel into a locomotive at a rate of 600 gallons per minute. Current fueling rates for the industry typically range from 180 to 250 gallons per minute, MPL officials said in a prepared statement.

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