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Rail supplier news from FTS, Teleste, Alstom and WSP (May 21)

Focused Technology Solutions partnered with LaTech Rail Technologies to distribute FTS’ SpikeEase. FTS President Peter Bartek pictured.
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Focused Technology Solutions (FTS) has partnered with LaTech Rail Technologies to distribute FTS’ SpikeEase battery-operated spike puller in Mexico. With this partnership, FTS enters into a new market sector, and LaTech Rail becomes the second international reseller to carry the SpikeEase, company officials said in a press release.

Teleste Corp. will supply onboard public address, passenger information display and closed-circuit television solutions for Alstom’s Coradia trains on the Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois railway in Luxembourg. Deliveries will begin later this year. The agreement covers system deployment for 34 trains and includes an option for an additional 20 trains.

Alstom’s first Prima T8 electric locomotives has been put into commercial service by Indian Railways. Known in India by the designation WAG-12, the electric locomotives are the most powerful locomotives to run in the country, Alstom officials said in a press release. The 2015 contract includes a total of 800 locomotives for Indian Railways. Meanwhile, Alstom delivered the 300th Coradia Polyvalent train for Regiolis in the Occitanie region of France.

WSP USA hired Brian Everett as a regional civil transportation Technical Excellence Center lead for Texas. Everett will lead the civil team responsible for project management, design, coordination and delivery of transportation projects for public and private clients across Texas. Prior to joining WSP, Everett served as vice president and managing principal of the central Texas region for a national architectural and engineering design firm.


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