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Wabtec’s Vapor Rail lands Turkish contract

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief

Wabtec Corp.’s Vapor Rail unit has won a contract worth about $30 million to supply electric, sliding plug doors for 440 subway cars to be built by Hyundai Rotem for the $14 billion Marmaray project in Istanbul, Turkey, which will connect the European and Asian sections of the city when completed in 2012.

The Marmaray project, which includes construction of the world’s deepest tube tunnels, consists of a new, 8.5-mile section and the upgrading of 39 miles of existing suburban lines.


"We’re pleased to be working with Hyundai Rotem on this high-profile program," said Albert J. Neupaver, Wabtec’s presidentand chief executive officer. "We have taken important steps toward building a global rail door business, and this contract represents significant progress in our efforts."

In 2009, Wabtec created a global Center of Excellence for rail doors, with headquarters at Vapor Rail’s Montreal office, and manufacturing facilities in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Sassuolo, Italy.