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April 5: Updates from Harsco, Bombardier, RailComm and Magnetech

• Harsco Corp. announced Harsco Rail obtained new international orders for its railway track maintenance rail grinders worth more than $20 million, including the company’s first order from South Korea and its first, larger-capacity 30-stone rail grinder sale for China’s urban metro transit market. Sampyo Engineering and Construction, a South Korean railway track and bridge construction company, ordered the grinder, which will support the new high-speed Korea Train Express line scheduled for completion in 2014.

• Bombardier Transportation marked the launch of the Bombardier FLEXITY 2 trams on the Blackpool tramway in the United Kingdom. The system upgrade project was funded by the Department for Transport and Blackpool and Lancashire county councils. Blackpool will operate 16 new FLEXITY 2 vehicles on the Blackpool and Fleetwood tramway. In 2010, Blackpool marked its 125th year of operation as the longest operating tram system in the U.K. The tourist destination’s trams transport 4 million riders each year, Bombardier officials said in a prepared statement.

• RailComm’s DOC® System at Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad (LS&I) in Michigan soon will be accessed through a web-enabled software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery method, according to a press release. SaaS provides a “pay-as-you-go” model, eliminating capital equipment procurement constraints, RailComm officials said. LS&I has been using RailComm’s DOC train-control system for dispatching since 2007.

• Magnetech Industrial Services Inc. has announced plans to relocate its service center in Huntington, W.Va. The new facility, also located in Huntington, will be equipped with increased crane capacity and improved electrical testing capabilities, allowing for additional production capacity and overall improvement in workflow, company officials said in a prepared statement. The new facility is expected to be completed and in operation by September. The Huntington service center provides repair services for locomotive rotating components, as well as for electric motors and generators used in various other industries.

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