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Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, RailComm, Greenbrier, Thales and Trinity (Dec. 11)


Bombardier Transportation has obtained a $170 million contract from Virgin Trains to continue maintaining its Super Voyager fleet that operates on the United Kingdom's West Coast mainline, extending an existing agreement to March 2016. Bombardier will maintain the trains at its Central Rivers depot in Burton on Trend, Staffordshire, which employs 360 people, according to a Bombardier press release. Also, Bombardier obtained a $90.7 million contract (in Canadian dollars) from the British Columbia government and TransLink to supply 28 SkyTrain cars for the new Evergreen Line, as well as the existing Expo and Millennium lines.

Alton & Southern Railroad will expand its existing RailComm Yard Control System by adding Blue Flag Protection in the east and west end receiving yards and perimeter tracks. In addition, crossover switches in the west end will be controlled by new touch screen control panels. Additional power derails and switches will be controlled via RailComm's Domain Operations Control (DOC®) system, according to a RailComm press release.

The Greenbrier Cos. Inc. has been selected by Statoil Marketing and Trading Inc. to provide rail-car management and maintenance services for 1,000 tank cars in Statoil's fleet. The cars will be used to move crude oil out of the Bakken Shale in Montana, North Dakota and Saskatchewan. Greenbrier will apply its Enspire fleet management software platform to maximize Statoil's productivity and to increase velocity across its fleet, according to a Greenbrier press release.

Thales India obtained a contract from Larsen & Toubro to provide communications-based train control (CBTC) and integrated communications and supervision (ICS) systems for the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project in India. The CBTC advanced signaling and ICS systems will be implemented for the Hyderabad Metro Rail Lines 1, 2 and 3, covering 45 miles of rail and 66 stations. Thales will design, build, deliver and manage installation of the SelTrac® CBTC system, according to a press release.

Trinity Industries Inc. promoted Jared Richardson to vice president, associate general counsel and secretary. Richardson joined Trinity in January 2010 as associate general counsel and secretary. Prior to joining the firm, he worked for Energy future Holdings Corp., most recently as senior counsel and assistant secretary. Richardson also served a stint in the corporate and securities section of Lock Liddell & Sapp L.L.P.