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Monday, April 05, 2010

ENSCO awarded WMATA contract for track geometry vehicle

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ENSCO, Inc. announced that it has received an initial $7.8-million contract for a self-propelled Track Geometry Vehicle. The contract was awarded by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA or Metro). The TGV will be a diesel powered rail vehicle specifically designed to inspect WMATA tracks in order to ensure track safety on the complete WMATA system. Delivery of the vehicle is scheduled for March 2012. ENSCO has teamed with Plasser American for this effort, which will supply the base vehicle.

The completed WMATA TGV will inspect for track geometry deviations. Future contract options may include inspection of internal steel rail flaws, rail wear and third rail and platform alignment. The vehicle will also be capable of video logging the WMATA system, inspecting for electrical hot spots and monitoring aspects of the train control system. The TGV will be one of the most advanced track inspection vehicles in the world, using advanced laser, optical and inertial sensors. All track data will be analyzed in real time by onboard computers, providing WMATA personnel with instantaneous reports on the condition of the rail system.

"Efficient and effective track measurement remains one of our top priorities. We're delighted with this opportunity to significantly contribute to Metro's enhanced safety performance efforts," said Boris Nejikovsky, ENSCO's vice president, Applied Technology and Engineering Division.

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