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Updates from Pentadyne Power, Siemens Mobility, Gannett Fleming, LTK Engineering and Railinc


• Pentadyne Power Corp. recently completed a technology license and transfer agreement with U.K.-based TGT Energy Ltd. to license, acquire and transfer flywheel technology for rail and energy recycling applications. The New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) recently tested and “successfully demonstrated” the technology — PowerBlock™ — on a test track on the Far Rockaway line near JFK International Airport, according to the company. Another Pentadyne PowerBlock™ project is under way for MTA Long Island Rail Road.

• A Siemens Mobility-led consortium recently automated a marshaling yard for the Lithuanian Railways — eastern Europe’s first automatic marshaling yard, according to a prepared statement. Existing track and 21 switches were renewed in the yard’s humping area; four classification tracks were added, bringing the total to 20. The humping system was equipped with a Siemens MSR32 type microcomputer system. The yard’s humping capacity now is 3,000 cars per day compared with 1,800 pre-automation, the company said. In addition to Siemens, the consortium comprised SONA Prazionsschmiede GmbH and several local construction companies.

• Myrna Valdez recently joined Gannett Fleming as director of national transit planning. Based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, she has more than 35 years of transit project management experience and has directed a range of multimillion-dollar transit and multimodal studies, including alternatives analyses and environmental impact studies for programs nationwide, according to a prepared statement.

• Guy Chertock has joined LTK Engineering Services’ Vehicle Engineering Practice as a project consultant. Chertock, who specializes in radio frequency engineering, has completed engineering assignments for MTA New York City Transit and Amtrak.

• Railinc Corp. recently received a 2009 NCTA 21 Award in the “Industry Driven Technology Company” category. Issued by the North Carolina Technology Association, the NCTA 21 Awards “celebrate innovation and excellence” in the Tar Heel state. Railinc provides information technology/information services to the rail industry.

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