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Rail News: Railroading Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Brookville, Trackmobile, CMiC, STV and KAI (March 23)
Brookville Equipment Corp. has restored and returned the first of six Presidents' Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars to the city of El Paso, Texas. The remaining five vehicles will be delivered throughout the year. The vehicles will undergo on-site testing prior to entering revenue service, Brookville officials said in a press release. The streetcars were removed from service in 1974 and kept in outdoor storage for decades before the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority and Brookville agreed to restore them. The 2015 agreement included repairing and replacing structural carbody components, along with complete rewiring, new interiors and door system upgrades. The project also called for adding modern features such as HVAC systems, pantographs and a mobility device lifting system.
Trackmobile LLC dealer Wiese Rail Services has acquired Power-Serv Inc. Wiese will now manage business in Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah, as well as western Missouri, northeastern Nevada and southern Idaho. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The remaining territory formerly managed by Power-Serv will be supported by existing authorized Trackmobile distributors, including Harc-U-Lift, Pape Material Handling and Yale Chase. The Trackmobile distributor network's capabilities include new and used Trackmobile rail-car mover equipment, service and parts for rail-car movers and rail-car move rental units.
Computer Methods International Inc. (CMiC) has signed a contract to deploy an enterprise platform to support American Track Services' (ATS) operations. After being acquired by a private investment company, ATS partnered with CMiC in anticipation of growth in the national market. The partnership also follows the consolidation of ATS' operations of American Track Generations LLC in Texas and CJ Bridges Railroad Contractors LLC in Florida. CMiC's platform will provide a unified database that will allow for "unprecedented collaboration" internally and externally, said ATS Chief Financial Officer Ken Reger in a press release.
Paul Tyrell has been promoted to vice president of STV. He has been the chief civil engineer for the firm's Boston office for two years. In his new role, Tyrell will serve as deputy project manager for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's $1 billion Green Line light-rail extension, for which STV is the lead designer. Tyrell has more than 30 years of experience in project management, design and construction management, STV officials said in a press release.
KAI Design & Build has hired Veronica Castro de Barrera as transit studio leader in Dallas. She has previously designed high-capacity transit stations for the commuter-rail line in Austin, Texas. Castro de Barrera also provided the preliminary design for a downtown rail station in Austin. KAI has designed and managed the construction of more than 100 light-rail stations in the Midwest and Southwest United States. The firm's current station projects include planning for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit's proposed Cotton Belt commuter-rail line and its D2 subway.
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