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Rail supplier updates from AECOM, Bombardier, Mermec, RailComm, CTC and United Railcar (Oct. 1)


AECOM Technology Corp. was awarded a final design contract to assist the Regional Transportation District of Denver with the first two segments of its North Metro line as part of the FasTracks program. AECOM will provide design optimization studies and complete final design for track, stations, affected roadways, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, landscaping permitting, drainage, utilities, parking areas, walls and eight bridges.

Bombardier Technology has obtained a management service contract for 32 Bombardier Flexity Outlook trams from Austrian operator Innsbrucker Verkehrsbetriebe & Stubaitalbahn GmbH. The order is worth about $57 million and runs through 2028. Meanwhile, Bombardier Transportation received an additional contract to deliver five of its Twindexx Vario multiple units to Deutsche Bahn AG, which won the contract to operate Germany's North-South rail network. Part of an existing framework agreement, the new order is valued at $64 million.

Mermec Inc. will supply Amtrak with a non-contact measuring and inspection system that's designed to check main catenary parameters, such as wire height, stagger and wear, and a video surveillance system to detect defects of overhead line structures. Amtrak plans to replace its old catenary inspection system with a new system capable of monitoring the catenary on high-speed rail service in the Northeast Corridor.

RailComm has obtained a contract to provide a wireless remote control derail system at BNSF Railway Co.'s Amarillo, Texas, yard for roundhouse engine tracks. The derail machines will be outfitted with blue strobe lights that will activate when a derail is in place. RailComm's Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) System will be installed inside the roundhouse office to provide the operator with a user interface to remotely control field devices.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation has awarded a project to CTC Inc. to install Wyoming's first wayside horn systems at nine grade crossings in Newcastle and Torrington, Wyo. The municipalities were identified as priority communities in a 2009 quiet-zone diagnostic review of 84 public crossings in the state. Two wayside horn systems will be installed in Newcastle, and seven in Torrington.

Structural Composites of Indiana has expanded rail operations in the form of a separate company, United Railcar Covers L.L.C. The new company will provide customized rail-car cover systems designed to protect shipments of coal, hazardous waste, mineral, aggregates or other commodities. United Railcar officials are participating in an effort to determine if car covers provide fuel savings due to aerodynamics, according to a company press release.

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