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Rail supplier updates from AMEC, Vossloh, Vision Industries and Boatright (Sept. 24)


AMEC Environment & Infrastructure Inc. has been named the environmental engineering firm to oversee design planning and environmental compliance and permitting for All Aboard Florida's 230-mile passenger railway infrastructure. "AMEC’s global track record of exemplary engineering feats in the transportation sector makes them a worthy partner in this project," said All Aboard Florida Executive Vice President Michael Reininger in a prepared statement.

Vossloh has obtained a $74 million contract from French tracklayers TSO SA and Eurovia Travaux Ferroviaires SA (ETF) to provide fully equipped switch systems and rail fastening systems for France's South Europe Atlantic High-Speed Line. The line will operate between Tours and Bordeaux. Vossloh Switch Systems will deliver the switches between October 2014 and November 2015.

Vision Industries Corp. and Balqon Corp. have entered into a joint development agreement to build a zero-emission hydrogen fuel-cell/electric hybrid terminal tractor, the Zero-TT. The intended markets for the Zero-TT are distribution centers, rail yards and marine terminals, according to a Vision Industries press release. The Zero-TT will combine the Cargotec USA Kalmar chassis with Balqon's drivetrain and Vision’s hydrogen fuel-cell range-extender.

Bill Schafer has been appointed to Boatright Cos.' board. He is a Maryland native whose railroad career began in 1967 at the Mount Clare shops of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. In March 2011, Schafer retired from his position as director of strategic planning for Norfolk Southern Railway after 42 years with the company. Soon after, he was named development director of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, where he has helped to secure outside revenue streams to support the museum. Since 2002, Schafer has served as the museum's director.

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