Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Wabtec wins Australia ECP order

Written by  Luther S. Miller, Senior Consulting Editor

Wabtec Corp. announced Tuesday that it has signed a contract valued at about $28 million to supply electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) braking equipment for 159 locomotives operated by Rio Tinto, a mining company in Australia. The contract covers equipment, software, test benches, and aftermarket support.

Wabtec noted that it received a $21 million contract in 2011 to provide ECP equipment for Rio Tinto to retrofit on its fleet of iron ore freight cars.

"The advantages of electronic braking have been proven in commercial use by railroads around the world," said Albert J. Neupaver, Wabtec's president and CEO., "Rio Tinto's continued investment in this technology demonstrates that heavy-haul railroads can deploy ECP to reduce cycle times and improve train handling, and we are pleased to be part of their conversion project."