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I'm doing a business case assignment on railway equipment such as on-track cranes, material handling equipment, etc., and I have a couple of questions I'd like to ask:

1) What does the railway industry look for when it comes to purchasing this type of equipment? What is going to "tip the scales" in deciding to purchase one manufacturer's equipment over another?

2) What is the reputation for this type of equipment and the companies that manufacture this equipment? For example, is it overpriced? Easy to operate? Efficient? Do some manufacturers stand out above the others for meeting the user's needs?

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