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Rail supplier news from Thales, Siemens, Railinc, Greenbrier, Protran and Bombardier (Nov. 26)

A Thales España and Siemens Rail Automation joint venture has obtained a $636.7 million contract from Adif for the installation of traffic control, automatic train protection, telecommunications and safety technologies on the Olmedo-Ourense high-speed line section in Spain. The contact also includes maintenance services for 20 years. Thales will install the ERTMS Level 2 automatic train protection system, wayside LED light signals, axle counters for safe train detection, wheel sensors and landline telecommunications systems. Thales also will be responsible for installing new electronic interlockings at several stations on the Medina del Campo-Zamora-Ourense conventional line. Siemens will install its safety solution based on electronic interlockings and associated technologies, as well as a centralized traffic control system.

Railinc Corp. promoted Jerry Traynham to chief information officer. He will be responsible for Railinc's data, product development and information systems platforms. Traynham joined Railinc in 2005 as a project manager and since has led significant technology projects for the company, including the technical reengineering of the Umler® system. Prior to joining Railinc, he directed project management and software development at Blue Shoe Technologies, and held technology leadership and management positions at Lucent Technologies, AT&T and Bell Laboratories.

The Greenbrier Cos. promoted Jack Isselmann to senior vice president of external affairs and programs. He joined Greenbrier in 2012 as director of corporate relations and communications. Since then he has taken on increased responsibility for other programs, such as a companywide security program. Last year, Isselmann was promoted to vice president of external affairs and communications.

Protran Technology has been selected to provide 14 Portable Shove Track Protection Systems to a Class I. The system Includes 14 PT-501SM-portable locomotive track detector units for limits of a shove zone and fail safe track worker coupling protection.Track Specific Identifications are designed to allow the locomotive operator to be informed of individual track locations and limits within the shove zone.

Bombardier Transportation plans to showcase its range of total mobility solutions at Asia's SmartRail trade exhibition to be held Nov. 26-28 in Bangkok. The company will exhibit its latest rail vehicles, transit systems and signaling solutions for mainline and mass transit operations for the Asia market.

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