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Updates from Viterra, Unitrac, GATX and Apollo Video Technology


• Viterra Inc., which owns and operates a grain-handling network in Canada, has taken delivery of a Generator-Set locomotive at its grain terminal in Vancouver, British Columbia. The company purchased the locomotive with funding assistance from Transport Canada’s Freight Technology Incentives Program. Featuring two high-speed diesel engines and generators, the locomotive can pull 28 loaded grain cars, enabling Viterra to decrease the number of train trips needed to unload a shipment.

• Unitrac Railroad Materials Inc.’s trackwork facility in Danvers, Ill., has obtained ISO 9001:2000 certification. The company’s Knoxville, Tenn., trackwork plant also is ISO 9001:2000 certified. Unitrac, a Healey Railroad Corp. subsidiary that manufactures trackwork and distributes new and relay rail, demonstrated continual improvement of its quality management system to obtain the certifications.

• GATX Corp. has named Dale Williams director of sales for the strategic sales team, which focuses on the railroad and renewable fuels markets. She will be responsible for Eastern railroad accounts. Williams most recently was vice president of market development for the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway. She has 30 years of railway management experience, including a stint in labor relations at Canadian National Railway Co. GATX provides lease financing and related services for rail, marine and other assets.

• Apollo Video Technology obtained a contract from the Jacksonville Transportation Authority to provide a state-of-the-art command center for viewing and monitoring video. The command center will serve JTA's Skyway operations in Jacksonville, Fla., and provide access to real-time and historical video of Skyway trains and stations. Skyway's 10 trains will be equipped with Apollo Video Technology's RoadRunner™ digital video recorders (DVRs) and four surveillance cameras, which will monitor riders entering and exiting trains. Stations will be equipped with a RoadRunner DVR designed for facilities and four to eight surveillance cameras.

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