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Georgetown Rail Equipment Co. (GREX) appointed Greg Grissom chief operating officer and executive vice president of customer delivery. During his tenure at the company, Grissom has served as vice president of engineering and has played a key role in the development of new technology solutions and overall growth, GREX officials said in a news release. In his new role, he'll continue to lead the engineering team, but also will oversee operations and safety, marketing and sales, and information technologies. Before joining GREX, Grissom was HNTB Corp.'s Union Pacific client service leader and project manager on multiple key rail design projects, including several high-speed rail initiatives. In 2013, Progressive Railroading named Grissom one of the railroad industry’s "Rising Stars." Bombardier Transportation obtained a contract to provide 62 TRAXX AC locomotives to Israel Railways. The order is valued at $262 million. The contact also includes an option for an additional 32 locomotives. The TRAXX locomotive is based on a locomotive platform that's been used across Europe for years, Bombardier officials said in a press release. Designed for speeds up to nearly 100 mph, the new TRAXX AC locomotives will mainly be used to power Israel's fleet of 369 Bombardier TWINDEXX Vario double deck coaches currently in use.The Greenbrier Cos. announced that Victoria McManus has been named executive vice president and chief strategic officer, reporting to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William Furman. In the newly created position, McManus will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic initiatives to diversify and grow the company's business, Greenbrier officials said in a press release. She'll also oversee executive development efforts, public policy issues and corporate development activities. Rail Propulsions Systems (RPS) announced the installation and static test of its blended after-treatment system (BATS) on an F59PH passenger locomotive. The patented BATS design combines and treats the exhaust of both the main engine and the hotel or head-end power generator engine, which results in reduced emissions for the entire locomotive, according to a company press release. Testing was conducted per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's certification guidelines in Anaheim, Calif. The emissions reductions measured from the test were close to or better than Tier 4 levels, with nitrous oxide reduction of more than 90 percent, RPS officials said.The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-Of-Way Association (AREMA) is inviting all interested parties to submit papers on subjects of interest to the railway engineering community to be considered for publication or presentation at the AREMA 2016 Annual Conference, to be held in Orlando, Fla., in August 2016. Subject tracks are communications and signals, engineering services, maintenance, passenger and transit, structures, and track. Those interested in submitting a paper can complete AREMA's online submission form with an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with a short biographical sketch. The association will continue accepting submissions until Dec. 1.
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