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Rail supplier updates from PS Technology, Bombardier, Mitsubishi, Sygnet and Konecranes (June 26)


• Union Pacific Railroad subsidiary PS Technology (PST) has acquired the Yard Control Systems division of Ansaldo STS USA. The acquisition will boost PST’s enterprise management capabilities by adding rail yard process control and automation solutions, PST officials said in a prepared statement. “Rail yard optimization is important for railroads to increase efficiency, create faster delivery times and help customers compete in a global economy,” said Ashok Fichadia, PST’s chief executive officer. “Efficient yards are critical for managing the forecasted freight-rail traffic growth in coming years.”

• Bombardier announced that Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) confirmed an order for 150 additional cars, valued at $266 million, as part of an option exercised under a contract signed June 14. With this option, Bombardier now has BART orders for 410 cars with a total value of $897 million. Designated by BART as the “Fleet of the Future,” the new cars will replace the agency’s entire existing fleet and enable system expansion.

• Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. has opened a 50,900-square-foot factory near the company’s headquarters outside Pittsburgh, according to a press release. The new plant will produce heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for the rail industry. The facility is designed to produce HVAC systems for heavy rail vehicles, light-rail transit vehicles and locomotives, targeting a 30 percent market share in the North American HVAC market, Mitsubishi officials aid.

• Konecranes has obtained an order for three rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes from CSX Intermodal Terminals. The order represents Konecranes’ first RTG delivery to CSX, according to a press release. The value of the order was not disclosed. The RTGs will be used for stacking and moving containers from rail to truck and from truck to rail.

• Sygnet Rail Technologies has entered into an agreement with EIF Locomotivas of Brazil to assist in the supply of four locomotives to Sao Paulo Metropolitan Train Co. (CPTM), a Brazilian commuter-rail company owned by the Sao Paulo State Secretariat for Metropolitan Transports. CPTM has an option to acquire additional locomotives. The four 2,000-horsepower EIF2000 locomotives being built for CPTM incorporate Sygnet Rail’s power module, a self-contained, integrated system designed to use a Cummins QSK-series prime mover (diesel-electric engine), traction alternator, cooling system, dynamic braking system and control systems in one standard configuration, according to a press release.

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