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Rail supplier news from Advanced Rail, RR Mergers, Danella and Thales (May 6)

Danella Cos. Inc. started in 1972, after Jim Danella purchased Thomas W. Faulkner Jr. Inc., a utility construction company in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
Photo – Danella Cos. Inc.


Advanced Rail Systems has been working with Ferrocarril del Pacifico S.A. FEPASA to automate its facility in Chile. The project includes the ARS solar charged YM-16 switch machine, Pathfinder software control and LED switch point indicators. Data radios were used for communication to the switches from the control center and axle counters were used for the train detection. This project is part of the ARAUCO Plant Modernization and Expansion plan.

RR Mergers & Acquisitions has advised Seneca Railroad and Mining on its sale to Comet Industries. Located in Ohio, Seneca manufactures polyurethane insulated rail joints, insulated rubber plates and pads used for railroad crossings, turnouts and switches. Comet specializes in the sale of new and reconditioned freight-car parts to the rail industry. The company also manufactures automatic equipment identification for rail cars.

Danella Cos. Inc. yesterday marked its 50th anniversary. In 1972, Jim Danella purchased Thomas W. Faulkner Jr. Inc., a utility construction company in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Danella then began building what would be known as Danella Cos. Inc. with the help of a few remaining Faulkner employees who stayed on. Since then, the company has grown from a small office/yard to creating a rental footprint in all 50 states and employing over 1,800 people across the country.

Ahead of Railtex 2022, Thales unveiled its Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS) Mk4 Single Cab Control Unit, expanding on over 20 years of safety, and delivering major enhancements through a time-saving and cost-efficient upgrade. TPWS Mk4 ensures interoperability with European Train Control System, Thales officials said in a press release.

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