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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.