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Rail supplier updates from Brookville, CTC, Ansaldo, Wartsila TMH, STV and KBR (March 11)

Brookville Equipment Corp. obtained a $9.4 million contract from Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to supply two off-wire capable Liberty Modern Streetcars for the Union Station-to-Oak Cliff extension project, with an option to provide two additional streetcars, according to a Brookville press release. The Liberty Streetcars will operate along a four-stop, 1.6-mile line that will provide access to the downtown Dallas Union Station hub, which connects to DART's Red/Blue/Green light-rail lines and Trinity Railway Express service to Fort Worth. The cars will be the first American designed and manufactured off-wire capable streetcars delivered to a U.S. public transit agency, Brookville officials said.

CTC Inc. recently shipped 52 signs that use light-emitting diode (LED) technology to Colorado for installation at 26 grade crossings. The Colorado Department of Transportation and local municipalities are installing the signs to raise driver awareness at crossings. The signs warn drivers not to stop on tracks. Manufactured for and distributed by CTC, the E-signs feature LEDs that can flash 24/7 or be programmed to flash when a vehicle or train is detected near a crossing, CTC officials said in a prepared statement. The signs operate on solar power.

The city of Brescia recently inaugurated a new, driverless metro system, developed under a partnership between prime contractor Ansaldo STS, and AnsaldoBreda and Astaldi, according to an Ansaldo STS press release. The system includes 17 stations, of which eight are located in deep tunnels, five in subsurface tunnels, two at ground level and two in elevated viaducts. The first operational stretch of the line, between the terminus stations of Prealpino and  S. Eufemia Buffalora, is about eight miles long.

Wartsila TMH Diesel Engine Co. L.L.C. (WTEC) has obtained a contract to supply 12 Wartsila 20L generating sets for railway shunter locomotives, according to a WTEC press release. The order is the first signed by the joint venture formed in 2010 between Wartsila Corp. and Russia's rolling stock manufacturer Transmashholding (TMH). The order was placed by TMH subsidiary BMZ Bryansk in February. The engines will be installed on a series of new TEM 18B diesel shunter locomotives being built by BMZ. Delivery for the engines is slated for fall.

Amos Liu was promoted to vice president of STV. A project manager and senior engineer in the firm's Transportation and Infrastructure Division, Liu manages the Structures Group in the firm's Charlotte, N.C., office. He joined STV in 2000, and has more than 18 years of experience in bridge design and design management for projects in North and South Carolina. Liu is managing the final design of infrastructure for the Charlotte Area Transit Authority's 9.3-mile LYNX Blue Line extension.

KBR announced Andrew Summers will join the company as group president of KBR's infrastructure, government and power business group in early April. He will report to Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer William Utt, KBR officials said in a prepared statement. Summers joins KBR from UGL Ltd., where has served as group president in the rail and infrastructure division. He joined UGL in 2005 as group president for the rail division and later became group president of infrastructure. The UGL rail and infrastructure divisions were brought together under his leadership in 2010.


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