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Rail supplier news RailWorks, RGCX, Pandrol, Simmons Machine, Alstom and CenterRails (April 12)
RailWorks Corp. subsidiary RailWorks Track Systems Inc. has been contracted to build 134,000 track feet at Savage Gulf Rail LLC’s new storage and handling yard in Gregory, Texas. The track construction will begin this summer and be completed in 2021, according to a RailWorks press release. Once completed, the rail yard will be able to handle and store up to 1,100 rail cars and will include arrival and departure tracks for Union Pacific Railroad access. The site will also include a hydrocarbon rail-car storage yard, rail-car wash facility, loading facility and rail-car maintenance facility.
RGCX LLC has hired Misty Weisbrod as chief financial officer. Weisbrod has been working with the company on a contract and consulting basis since June 2018. She has more than 25 years of management experience in accounting, financial operations, process documentation and optimization and software development projects. Most recently, Weisbrod served as CFO for retail furniture company Healthy Back Brand Holdings.
Pandrol has released a mobile application to facilitate the recording and transmission of data between all parties during aluminothermic welding of track. Pandrol Connect has three modules: a mobile version that records onsite data for a welding controller, a monitoring app that reviews weld information for office personnel, and an online administration tool to apply settings to local standards. The app is available on Android platforms.
Simmons Machine Tool Corp. has promoted Brandon Teal to product manager of wheel truing and re-profiling. Teal has been with Simmons for 13 years. In his new role, he will lead sales for the Simmons wheel truing and Hegenscheidt re-profiling product lines. He will be involved in coordinating product specifications with the engineering, sales and marketing departments, as well as developing strategies for introducing the Stanray M-Series wheel truing machines.
Alstom officials presented the first finished Coradia Polyvalent Leman Express regional train at its manufacturing site in Reichshoffen, Germany. The train can support up to 204 seated passengers at speeds of up to nearly 87 mph. The train is one of 17 ordered by the SNCF Group and is intended for service on the CEVA commuter-rail line, which will connect Cornavin station in Geneva, Switzerland, with the Annemasse station in France after its construction.
CenterRails LLC is seeking Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) approval for its patent-pending solar panels that are installed in the mid-center of rails using a closed small cell foam adhesive instead of being mechanically fastened. The panels are designed to be rugged and generate electricity via solar power for a nearby signal, facility or other equipment. CenterRails plans to market the panels to Class I, II and III railroads, as well as industrial plant railroads. The company has received comments from the FRA, which plans to soon inspect a panel layout that’s been installed at the Port of Palm Beach.
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