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Rail News: Railroading Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Stadler, Trinity Industries, Alstom and Huber+Suhner (Nov. 18)
Stadler signed a contract with the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority to develop a hydrogen-powered FLIRT H2 vehicle for the authority’s Redlands Passenger Rail Project, a planned nine mile commuter-rail line between Redlands and San Bernardino, California. The vehicle will consist of two rail cars with a power pack in between them that holds fuel cells and hydrogen tanks. The train, which will be introduced on the planned route in 2024, will be the first hydrogen-powered passenger train to operate in the United States, Stadler officials said in a press release.
Trinity Industries Inc. named Gregg Mitchell chief commercial officer of TrinityRail. Mitchell will be responsible for new customer service solutions and product development. He joined Trinity in 2007 and has led multiple businesses for the company, including the Trinity Logistics Group and Trinity Highway Products. Prior to Trinity, he served as an executive in supply chain for companies including Glazers Corp., Gap Inc., and Walmart Inc.
Alstom signed a nearly $133 million contract to deliver 19 Coradia Continental electric regional trains to DB Regio AG in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. Beginning in December 2022, the new trains will be gradually deployed on routes from Karlsruhe to Heilbronn, as well as from Freudenstadt to Herrenberg. The trains will be designed to cope with steep gradients on the route and include high-performance Wi-Fi and large capacity for bicycle storage, Alstom officials said in a press release. Meanwhile, Alstom also extended its contract with SBB, the Swiss national railway company, to maintain its European Train Control System (ETCS) equipment for another 10 years in a contract worth nearly $28 million. Alstom previously installed the ETCS equipment onboard around 500 SBB vehicles and provided maintenance support.
Huber+Suhner Inc. has introduced an expanded railway antenna offering following its acquisition of the Kathrein Mobile Communication rail antenna portfolio in May. The merged portfolio now covers all possible radio frequency service applications for railway needs, company officials said in a press release.
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