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Updates from Siemens Mobility, Thales, Axion International and Halcrow


• Siemens Mobility recently signed a $636.2 million “long-term cooperation agreement” to supply components to Chinese rolling stock manufacturer Nanjing SR Puzhen Rail Transport Co. Ltd., according to a prepared statement. Under the pact, Siemens will supply traction equipment and vehicle control systems for intercity trains. Siemens also was granted a license for the local manufacture of bogies.

• The Slovakian Railways will equip a portion of its fleet with Thales’ European Train Control System (ETCS). The on-board unit systems will operate in ETCS Level 1 and the existing national train control mode, according to a prepared statement.

• Demolition of the existing bridge spans at Ft. Eustis Army Transportation Corp. military base in Virginia is now under way, Axion International Holdings Inc. announced last week. The structures will be replaced with two new railroad bridges made almost entirely from Axion’s 100 percent recycled plastic structural products. All bridge parts will be made from Axion products except the steel fasteners and bolts. Construction is expected to take four months.

• U.K.-based engineering consultancy Halcrow recently added two 30-year rail industry veterans to its U.S. roster. Carl Morey will serve as project manager for Halcrow’s Charlotte Area Transit System Federal Transit Administration (FTA) project management oversight (PMOC) consultant contract. Morey previously served a range of transportation agencies and organizations, including The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New Jersey Transit, Amtrak, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Fort Worth Transportation Authority, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Florida’s Tri-Rail. Meanwhile, Leslie Durrant will work on Halcrow’s Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) Public-Private Partnerships advisory contract, and various assignments for the FTA PMOC contract. Durrant’s resumé includes stints with LACMTA, Hampton Roads Transit, Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority, Sound Transit and London Transport.

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