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Rail News: Railroading Supplier Spotlight

Updates from Bombardier, Railpower, Performance Technologies and Interfleet Technology


• Bombardier Transportation obtained two contracts totaling $276 million to supply 58 TRAXX locomotives to German leasing firm Railpool. The contracts include an option for 80 additional locomotives. The first locomotive is scheduled to be delivered in August 2009. Also, Bombardier recently launched the ECO4 portfolio, which features 10 products designed to help rail operators save energy. Products include the EBI Drive 50 Driver Assistance System, which provides engineers with information on speed and traction force; the EnerGplan Simulation Tool, which enables operators to simulate and  optimize energy consumption; the C.L.E.A.N. Diesel Power Pack, which provides a drive system for diesel multiple units in the 660kW class that already are conforming with new EU emission guidelines; the MITRAC Energy Saver, a regenerative braking system for light-rail vehicles; and the PRIMOVE Catenary-Free Operation, which will enables trams to operate without catenary wires.

• Railpower Technologies Corp. received an order for two additional RP20CD Eco-Motive locomotives from Union Pacific Railroad. Four of the six-axle, 2,000-horsepower, ultra-low-emission locomotives are in service at UP's Roseville, Calif., yard.

• Performance Technologies recently announced its Advanced Managed Platforms™ will be used by German wireless telecommunications consulting company WINGcon on its
GSM-Railway communications solutions in Europe.

• Consulting and engineering firms Interfleet Technology and k + v Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH have partnered to jointly market their services and expand business offerings to the German rail market.

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