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International signal-engineers organization sets up North American Section


Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) in late May formed a section to enable North American communications and signal (C&S) engineers from railroads, light- and heavy-rail transit agencies, consultant firms and suppliers to network, and exchange global and local information.

Immediately following Railway System Suppliers Inc.'s annual convention, IRSE May 24 held an initial North American Section meeting in Louisville, Ky., to organize the group and elect the following officers: Chairman William Scheerer, chief engineer for General Electric Transportation Systems (GETS)-Global Signaling; Vice Chairman William Petit, vice president technology for Safetran Systems Corp.; and Secretary/Treasurer Clayton Tinkham, retired signal engineer for Santa Fe Railway, Safetran and Southern California Regional Rail Authority.

To assist officers in operating the North American Section, IRSE also established a local committee comprising Kendrick Bisset, Safetran system engineer; Robert Heggestad, retired vice president of technology, Harmon Industries; Joseph Noffsinger, manager strategic planning lifecycle management, GETS-Global Signaling; and David Thurston, vice president SYSTRA Consulting.

North American Section is seeking members working in C&S engineering fields for freight or passenger railroads. For information on joining IRSE, contact William Scheerer at 816-650-1653 or by email at, or visit the organization's Web site at or section's site at

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