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Rail News: Intermodal

Updates from Harsco, ARCADIS, Skanska, MISCOR, Safetran, Southwest Signal and Railpower

• Harsco Corp. won an order totaling more than $7 million from Germany's BWG GmbH & Co. KG for switch and crossing rail grinding equipment. The company will deliver the equipment in second-half 2009. BWG GmbH will use the machinery to precision grind complex switch and crossing rail surfaces throughout Germany's railway system.

• Consulting and engineering firm ARCADIS obtained a contract from CSX Transportation to provide general engineering consultant services and a contract from CSX Intermodal to conduct environmental compliance assessments at 16 terminals. The CSXT contract expires in May 2010 and CSXI contract expires in March 2010. To provide CSXT various services - from program management to design to construction to engineering - for 60 projects, ARCADIS will enlist help from Kennedy/Jenks Consultants and Glenn Underwater Services.

• Skanska USA Civil has promoted Rich Cavallaro from executive vice president of Skanska USA Civil Northeast to president of the business unit, effective January 2009. He will succeed Sal Mancini, who will retire after serving Skanska for 41 years. Mancini will continue to serve as senior advisor for the next two years. Since joining Skanska in 1996 as a senior estimator, Cavallaro has handled numerous transit, power and water treatment projects, including MTA New York City Transit's Second Avenue subway project and 7 Line extension.

• MISCOR Group Ltd. recently opened AMP Rail Service Canada ULC, a 50,000-square-foot locomotive and rail-car service center in Montreal. MISCOR's first-ever Canadian operation will become part of American Motive Power Inc. (AMP), a unit of MISCOR's Repair, Remanufacturing and Manufacturing Division. MISCOR also named Pierre Desrosiers vice president of AMP Rail Services Canada and Stewart Wilkins, VP of operations for AMP to succeed Desrosiers. Previously, Desrosiers was director of Alstom Transport Canada's locomotive division. Wilkins most recently was VP of operations for Alstom Transport.

• Safetran Systems Corp. named David Zahorsky vice president of engineering and project management. He will head the company's product and application engineering, and project management functions. Zahorsky has more than 30 years' experience in the mass transit and freight-rail industries, most recently as president and general manager of a major light-rail system. He also has extensive experience in signaling, train control and communications disciplines, Safetran said.

• Southwest Signal Engineering appointed Martin Paget assistant vice president of engineering. He has 24 years of rail industry experience, including his most recent stint as technical director for Safetran Systems Corp. Paget previously held various technical, marketing and senior managerial positions at Safetran, and served as design engineer for Westinghouse Rail Systems in the United Kingdom.

• Railpower Technologies Corp. has sold one hybrid EcoCrane power plant for a rubber-tire gantry crane to Long Beach Container Terminal Inc. The order includes an option for five additional units. The EcoCrane, which will replace a conventional generator-set crane, is designed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions up to 70 percent compared with conventional units, and up to 40 percent compared with other eco-friendly cranes.

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