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Updates from SYSTRA/AECOM, Railhead, Vossloh, Portec Rail, EKE-Electronics and Eta Phi Systems


• A SYSTRA Engineering Inc./AECOM Technology Corp. joint venture was contracted by the MTA Long Island Railroad and MTA Metro-North Railroad to provide support services for their positive train control initiatives.

• Railhead Corp. has introduced solid state lighting for locomotives. The supplier began outfitting North America’s largest Class I with retrofit locomotive LEDs in February. Research has shown the lighting results in maintenance and fuel savings, a lower carbon footprint, improved safety and better light quality, Railhead officials said in a prepared statement.

• Vossloh Locomotives has received a $33.6 million contract from Verkehrsbetriebe Peine-Salzgitter (VPS) of Germany to provide 18 G6 diesel locomotives. The first deliveries will begin in early 2011.

• Portec Rail Group has appointed Mark Allen head of engineering U.K. Allen most recently worked with the National Specialist team at Network Rail U.K. headquarters, focusing on rail profile and rail friction management.

• EKE-Electronics Ltd. appointed Mike Lindén director, customer project delivery and customer support. Lindén has served EKE-Electronics since 1992. He previously was customer support manager. EKE-Electronics also named Sauli Luoto manager, project engineering. Luoto has worked for EKE-Electronics since 2000 in various project engineering and project management roles. In addition, the company named Arto Toivaala customer support manager. An EKE-Electronics employee since 2000, Toivaala previously was a customer support technician.

• Eta Phi Systems Inc., a systems consulting and software development firm for the rail industry, has named Jordan Henderson to its board. Henderson previously was vice president of software and architecture for a provider of transit information management systems.

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