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Updates from GE, Siemens, Control Chief, Birmingham Rail and STV/Ralph Whitehead


• GE Transportation has supplied a $34 million "integrated solution" for the 24 miles of track and 15 stations on Dallas Area Rapid Transit's (DART) Green Line that went into service in December. GE also provided the signal system for the line’s northwest portion now serving the city of Farmer's branch and the city of Carrolton. GE supplied an Ultra Cab II system for onboard cab signaling associated with wayside interlocking control and a centralized control system.

• Siemens AG's Mobility Division has completed the first phase of electrification of the Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro project, a new rail link along the pilgrimage route in Mecca, Saudia Arabia. Siemens supplied and installed the traction power substations with 110 kV high-voltage systems, 13.8 kV and 1.5 kV equipment and cabling, and the overhead catenary lines for the nine-station rapid-transit line, which is designed to transport 72,000 passengers an hour.

• Control Chief Corp. has appointed Brian Landries vice president of sales and marketing. He joined the company in 2002 as standard product salesman and most recently served as sales manager. He has been "instrumental" in the development of Control Chief's newest products, said Control Chief officials in a prepared statement. Landries succeeds Tony Habovstak, who retired in December after serving the company for about 10 years.

• Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. Inc. recently named Jeff Harris national accounts manager. Harris will be responsible for business development with North American Class Is, regionals and short lines, while focusing on making the company's Vulcan spike division into a primary or secondary track spike supplier. He has 15 years of experience in the track divisions of Nortrak, BNSF Railway Co. and Progress Rail Services Corp.

• STV/Ralph Whitehead Associates has appointed John Erwin project manager/rail group leader in the Jacksonville, Fla., office. Erwin has 32 years of experience in bridge and structure design and project management for transportation, rail and design-build projects. He will lead STV's railroad bridge design business for freight and railroad clients.