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Updates from Portec Rail, RailComm, Kelso Technologies, Lund Martin Construction and Cambridge Systematics


• Portec Rail Products Inc. and Canadian Pacific have implemented Total Friction Management™, a rail friction management program featuring new technologies, equipment and practices. The program involves Portec Rail’s Railway Maintenance Products Division and Kelsan Technologies Corp. Total Friction Management features an application of KELTRACK® top-of-rail friction modifier using PROTECTOR® IV application systems to control surface friction, upgrades of all gauge face lubricators and the addition of remote monitoring with Portec Rail Remote Performance Monitoring™ technology.

• RailComm Inc. has named Aaron Michael business development manager for the Southeast Region. He has 15 years of Class I experience, including stints at Norfolk Southern Corp. and CSX Transportation. His former positions include trainmaster in terminals and line of road, operations manager, terminal manager, line-of-road superintendent and, most recently, superintendent of train operations for CSXT.

• Kelso Technologies Inc. has completed the shipment of 60 JS165 psi pressure-relief valves to a large U.S. tank car manufacturer. The valves will be installed on 60 new tank cars being built for a major U.S. chemical company. Approved by the Federal Railroad Administration and Association of American Railroads, the valve features up to 38 external constant force springs and is totally external to the tank car to improve reliability, Kelso said. The company also offers the JS75 (standard flow), S75L (low flow), JS75H (high flow) and JS165L (low flow) pressure-relief valves.

• Lund Martin Construction Inc. obtained a contract from the Anoka County Regional Railroad Authority to build a commuter-rail station in Fridley, Minn., as part of the Northstar commuter rail project. A groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday. Last fall, the authority received a $9.9 million grant from the Counties Transit Improvement Board for the station. Last year, construction began on Northstar’s Coon Rapids-Riverdale, Ankona, Elk River and Big Lake stations.

• Cambridge Systematics Inc. has named Gill Hicks senior associate and director of southern California operations. He has more than 30 years of experience in transportation planning and policy, freight and goods movement, and port planning. Hicks most recently was president of Gill V. Hicks and Associates Inc., a consulting firm specializing in transportation planning, project management and intergovernmental relations. He previously served as general manager for the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority. Cambridge Systematics provides transportation planning, analysis and technology application services.

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