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Rail supplier news Trackmobile, Greenbrier, Tai Ginsberg, TPSC, NXP and RSI (April 10)


Trackmobile LLC, Zephir SpA and the LEAF locomotive commercial business have joined to form the Global Railcar Mover Group under Marmon Holdings Inc.’s rail product and services sector. The group will provide solutions for industrial operations, shipping and receiving materials and finished goods via rail shipping transportation, according to a Trackmobile press release.

The Greenbrier Cos. reported net earnings of $2.8 million on revenue of $658.7 million for its second fiscal quarter that ended Feb. 28. In comparison, net earnings attributed to Greenbrier in the first fiscal quarter were $18 million.The quarterly result change includes $4.7 million related to loss accruals on rail-car contracts and facilities closure costs in its rail-car repair operations. Greenbrier expected the quarter to be the least profitable of fiscal 2019 due to planned product line changeovers temporarily reducing manufacturing efficiency, officials said in a press release. Greenbrier's backlog of 26,000 units valued at $2.7 billion will produce sustained rail-car deliveries through fiscal 2019 and provide good visibility into fiscal 2020, they said.

Tai Ginsberg & Associates LLC (TG&A) has hired Sean Winkler as director. Winkler will assist the firm with its transportation and infrastructure, municipal and technology clients, according to a TG&A press release. Winkler has served as the director of advocacy at the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association and most recently as the director of public affairs and advocacy at the Biophysical Society.

Transportation Products Sales Co. (TPSC) on Sunday marked the 30-year anniversary of its short line program at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s 2019 Connections convention in Orlando. In 1989, three years after opening its doors to serve Class I railroads, TPSC founder Walter Winzen launched a dedicated program to serve North American short lines and regionals, TPSC officials said in a press release.

The Public Transport Victoria (PTV) network in Australia has implemented NXP Semiconductors’ cloud service with Google Play to take its transit card mobile, NXP officials announced in a press release. The mobile card can be used across PTV trains, trams and buses in Melbourne and throughout the regional Victoria area.

The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) has opened the application period for its annual scholarship. The Thomas D. Simpson Annual Undergraduate Scholarship awards funding to five full-time college students whose parents work for RSI member companies or an RSI-affiliated organization, according to an RSI press release. RSI is also offering scholarships to 10 students to attend the Railway Interchange conference. That scholarship is open to students at five colleges and universities that are part of the National University Rail Center.

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