Updates from Invensys Rail, Thales, MERMEC Group, Nexans and Interfleet Technology

October 2009 - Progressive Railroading.com

 October 26, 2009

Invensys Rail, Brazilian engineering company Montagens e Projetos Especiais and Spanish telecommunications firm Infoglobal signed a $420.6 million contract to upgrade the signaling and automatic train control systems on lines 8, 10 and 11 of São Paulo’s Metro system. Invensys Rail will install its Sirius communication-based train control (CBTC) system on all three lines and associated rolling stock along with WESTRACE interlockings, point machines and light-emitting diode signals — “totaling a 60 percent share within the consortium,” according to a prepared statement. The new system will be installed and designed to operate alongside the existing signaling system until the project is completed. The three lines are owned and operated by Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos: Line 8 is 21.7 miles long with 20 stations; Line 10, 22.9 miles long with 15 stations; and Line 11, 22.9 miles long with 12 stations.

Thales received a $54.1 million contract to supply Istanbul’s Metro with an integrated solution including SelTrac CBTC and Integrated Communication and Control systems (IC2S) on the 13.5-mile, 16-station Kadikoy-Kartal line, which is the first metro line running “on the Asian side of the city,” according to a prepared statement. In conjunction with Astaldi Italy, Makyol and Gülermak Turkey, Thales will supply, install, implement and maintain the signaling and IC2S systems by March 2011.

Supplier news from Turkey, part two: The MERMEC Group recently signed two contracts with the State Railways of the Republic of Turkey to provide track measurement services and three Automatic Train Examination Stations (ATES). The company will provide equipment, manpower and “expertise” to perform track geometry, rail profile and rail corrugation inspections on 279 track miles of high-speed lines between Ankara and Eskisehir, and 2,294 conventional track miles, according to a prepared statement. The track measurement work will be completed by year’s end. The three ATES portals will feature a vehicle identification system; wheel profile measurement system; ultrasonic wheel inspection system; wheel surface defects detecting system; wheel flatness detecting system; brake shoe, brake lining and disc wear detecting system; and axle box detector.

Turkey, part three: Nexans received a $5 million contract from Alstom Transport to supply specialized signaling and low-voltage power cables for Istanbul’s Marmaray trans-Bosphorus rail link. The agreement covers the manufacture and supply of signaling cables such as ZPAU, digicode and eurobalise, as well as low-voltage power cables K25 compliant with French specifications and local requirements (including EMC and safety criteria), according to a prepared statement. The cables, which will be manufactured in various Nexans factories in Europe, will be installed in 2010 and 2011.

Rebeka Sellick rejoined international rail consulting firm Interfleet Technology as principal consultant. The former head of Interfleet’s maintenance services team, Sellick most recently served as engineering director at the Association of Train Operating Companies.

Source: Progressive Railroading.com

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