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Bombardier Transportation said Wednesday it has received an order for the supply of 12 low-floor FLEXITY Classic trams from Hallesche Verkehrs AG (HAVAG), the transit agency serving Halle, Germany, which is located roughly 20 miles northwest of Leipzig in eastern Germany.

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The contract, valued at approximately $39 million, includes an option for the delivery of another four vehicles. Vehicle delivery is scheduled between July 2012 and January 2013. HAVAG previously had received 30 vehicles of the same type from Bombardier between 2006 and 2007, Bombardier said.

Germar Wacker, president, Light Rail Vehicles, Bombardier Transportation, said: “This order is a sign of confidence in the reliability and quality of our vehicles and confirms the longstanding and successful partnership with Hallesche Verkehrs AG.”

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The 12 trams will be manufactured at the Bombardier Bautzen site. Bombardier’s Siegen plant is responsible for delivering the bogies. The Mannheim site will provide the vehicle’s electrical equipment.

The bi-directional vehicles are designed for 1,000 mm gauge (narrow-gauge)tracks and can also be used in double traction service. Designed with rigid axle bogies, the FLEXITY vehicle design offers a smooth ride with reduced noise, the company said. The FLEXITY vehicles will be equipped with the proven and reliable MITRAC propulsion & control system, Bombardier added.

 

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Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm says it has provided a major expansion of its Yard Automation System at Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR) Ermelo Yard in South Africa.

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The company’s automation system is comprised of the DOC® (Domain Operations Controller) server-based central control system and nine (9) new associated outdoor-rated control panels. Per TFR’s requirements, the system operator is in charge of selecting the appropriate control mode based on desired operating conditions.

Additionally, the system at Ermelo utilizes RailComm RADiANT™ data radios to communicate between the office system, the control panels, and a network of power switches. The power switches are controlled by the RailComm Universal Switch Controller, providing customers the ability to utilize any power switch machine on the market. The RailComm Yard AutomationSystem is designed to increase yard safety and improve yard dwell times and switching productivity. 

The system was installed using RailComm’s in-country partner, ERB Technologies. ERB is located in Midrand, South Africa.

 

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Amtrak said Tuesday that the testing of a cleaner and renewable biodiesel fuel blend on Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer has made Time magazine’s list of “The 50 Best Inventions of 2010.”

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Amtrak received a $274,000 grant from the Federal Railroad Administration to carry out the research project in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation  on the train operated by Amtrak with state support from both Oklahoma and Texas.  The biodiesel blend is provided by a Texas-based vendor. 

In previously conducted stationary locomotive enginetesting, the biodiesel blend known as B20 (20% pure biofuel and 80% diesel) reduced hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide each by 10%, reduced particulates by 15%, and reduced sulfates by 20%, Amtrak said. Detailed measurements wil lbe taken on the locomotive at the end of 12 months so any impact of the biodiesel on valves and gaskets can be measured.  Amtrak will collect locomotive exhaust emissions data for analysis in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency locomotive exhaust emissions federal test protocols. 

“This recognition from Time magazine is an honor to our state partners and all of us at Amtrak who are working on this project, the nation’s first test of biodiesel in an interstate passenger train,” said Amtrak Vice President, Environmental, Health and Safety Roy Deitchman.  “Amtrak travel is already more energy efficient than most other forms of intercity transportation.  If the test shows this use of a renewable fuel in our locomotive is successful, it’s a home run for our passengers, for our partners, and for the planet.”

Since April, General Electric P32-8 locomotive 500 has carried an Amtrak decal indicating the use of B20 fuel and other special markings to make certain only the biodiesel fuel is used in 3,200-horsepower, 12-cylinder engine, through the conclusion of the test in next April.  The trial has received support on fuel and engine component evaluation from Chevron Oronite.  The engine manufacturer has provided input on warranty matters, Amtrak said.  

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Progress Rail Services Corp. Tuesday announced an agreement with Pacific Harbor Line, Inc. (PHL) to repower 16 Tier 2 locomotives with newer, lower emissions Tier 3 Cat engines for operation in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Progress Rail said the Cat 3512C HD engines will be equipped w ...
Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell said Monday the Nutmeg State would increase its order of M-8s from 300 units to 342 units, with the additional cars to be paid for with funds already set aside for such purposes. ...
The consortium comprising Bombardier Transportation and Alstom Transport confirmed Tuesday it has received a Notice to Proceed from Societe de transport de Montreal (STM) to supply 468 metro cars (52 nine-car trainsets). Bombardier said the contract signature was published on October 22. ...
GATX Corp. has acquired a fleet of more than 2,500 freight cars valued at approximately $150 million, from a financial institution that recently foreclosed on part of the fleet of a railcar lessor. ...
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