Wabtec signs $12 million locomotive deal

Wabtec Corporation has signed a $12 million contract with Queensland Rail to supply an integrated electronics control and braking system as part of a program to upgrade 68 heavy-haul electric locomotives.

Wabtec Corporation has signed a $12 million contract with Queensland Rail, the largest rail company in Australia, to supply an integrated electronics control and braking system as part of a program to upgrade 68 heavy-haul electric locomotives used in coal service.

The contract is said to involve replacing the existing pneumatics brake rack and driver console with a highly integrated electronics system, including Wabtec on-board computers, screen-based instrumentation, EPIC electronic brakes, TrainLink-ES end-of-train control, PowerLink distributed power control, DATACORD event recording and CommLink wireless LAN to automate data downloading.

The electronic brake rack provides control of the conventional pneumatics brake system, as well as wireline-based ECP (Electronically Controlled Pneumatics) braking in accordance with AAR (Association of American Railroads) specifications.

The communications system is to be fully integrated with TrainLink-ES, which provides pneumatic service braking assist capability within the end-of-train unit.

The system reportedly supports communications by both radio and ECP trainline cabling. This provides Queensland Rail with the capability to support ECP-braked wagons in the future.

Wabtec Railway Electronics, a subsidiary of Wabtec Corporation, will manufacture the equipment at its plants in Maryland, USA and Alberta, Canada.

Application engineering, integration testing and field support will be provided by Wabtec Australia, another subsidiary based near Sydney. Deliveries will begin in mid-2003 and will be completed in 2006.