AUSTRALIA: On April 30 Wabtec Corp announced an US$15m order to provide electronically-controlled pneumatic braking equipment including software for use on heavy haul locomotives and wagons operated by Rio Tinto in the Pilbara region. Delivery is scheduled for this year.

The contract follows on from previous orders to supply ECP equipment for retrofitting to the mining company's iron ore wagons and locomotives.

'Heavy-haul railroads around the world have proven the advantages of electronic braking in commercial service', said Wabtec President & CEO Albert J Neupaver. 'Continued investment in this technology demonstrates that railroads can deploy ECP to reduce cycle times and improve train handling, among other operational benefits.'