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Rail supplier news from Westport Innovations, Bombardier, Wabtec and Michael Baker (June 5)


Westport Innovations Inc. launched a liquefied natural gas (LNG) tender product solution with an initial order for four tenders from CN. The first tender to supply fuel to an adjacent natural-gas powered locomotive will be delivered in the fourth quarter, according to a Westport press release. "There is growing consensus around the enormous potential of using LNG as a fuel for locomotives and there is a clear path for the industry to achieve this shift to a cleaner, cheaper and domestically available fuel," said Nicholas Sonntag, Westport's executive vice president. CN is testing natural-gas powered locomotives.

Bombardier Transportation won an order worth $221 million from National Express Rail GmbH, a German subsidiary of the British National Express Group, to supply 35 Talent 2 EMUs for regional service. Bombardier will supply three- and five-car Talent 2 trains designed to set a high standard in ecological sustainability, according to a Bombardier press release. The vehicle has been certified by the European Eco Management and Audit Scheme.

Wabtec Corp.'s MotivePower subsidiary received an order to build six additional locomotives for CFCLA Rail JV Pty Ltd., a joint venture of CFCL Australia Pty. Ltd. and Marubeni Corp. of Tokyo. In 2012, the company ordered 10 MotivePower locomotives. Slated for delivery in 2014, the additional locomotives will be standard gauge MP33C international models, the same type as the initial 10 units.

Michael Baker Jr. Inc. has promoted the following individuals to vice president: Mark Alisesky, VP and office principal for the Philadelphia office, and cost center support for the Philadelphia and Horsham offices; Scott Armstrong, VP, alternative delivery practice leader in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions for business development and operations; Greg Cerminara, VP and office principal for Pittsburgh Transportation Group; Juan Contreras, VP and statewide office principal for the Texas transportation operations; Tom Donatelli, VP and construction services business development; Matt Natale, VP and manager of Pennsylvania Construction Services; Anthony Pisano, VP and statewide office principal, and manager for the Arizona transportation market; and Kenton Zinn, VP and statewide office principal and operations manager for transportation business in Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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