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L.B. Foster has launched digital passenger information display units that improve accessibility for deaf, hard-of-hearing or visually impaired users at railroad stations and airports.

Supply Side: Auxo/Genesis Rail Services; Industrial Networks; L.B. Foster; Liebherr

Auxo Investment Partners has acquired Genesis Rail Services, a railroad maintenance company. In addition, Industrial Networks LLC is expanding its rail yard automation system; L.B. Foster’s digital passenger information display units are now accessible for deaf, hard-of-hearing, or visually impaired rail passengers; and Liebherr-Transportation Systems will provide spare parts for Chicago Transit Authority’s 5000-series cars’ electro-hydraulic level control systems.

For Wabtec, ‘Solid’ 3Q21 Results, ‘Narrowed’ Full-Year Guidance

Wabtec Corp. “strengthened” its financial position in third-quarter 2021, growing its multi-year backlog, in spite of growing global supply chain disruptions and rising costs, the company reported on Oct. 27.

Four Railroaders Earn Environmental Achievement Awards (UPDATED)

Railroad Environmental Conference organizers recognized Norfolk Southern’s Josh Raglin, Union Pacific’s Christi Hornick and Association of American Railroads’ Robert Fronczak with Career Environmental Achievement awards, and NS’ Robert Scoble with the Professional Environmental Excellence Award at their 2021 virtual event, held Oct. 26-27.

Greenbrier: Tekorius Taking the Throttle; 4Q21 ‘Strong, Balanced’

Following a fiscal fourth quarter marked by a 1.5x book-to-bill and more than $80 million of operating cash flow, The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. appointed President and Chief Operating Officer Lorie Tekorius as the company’s next CEO and President, succeeding Co-founder, Chairman and CEO William A. Furman. “continuing the company’s executive succession and talent pipeline process.”

Opinion

SEPTA KOP Extension Green Light a Favorable Signal?

King of Prussia (known by locals as “KOP”) is not a town, but a sprawl dominated by a mall, northwest of Philadelphia. It started as the location of the King of Prussia Tavern late in the 18th Century, named after Frederick the Great, who ruled Prussia from 1740 until 1784. He was highly regarded for modernizing the government of his country, promoting the arts, and especially for his skill as a military leader. His descendants established modern Germany nearly a century after his death. Today, KOP is the proposed destination for an extension of SEPTA’s Norristown High-Speed Line.

Labor Leaders Putting Members’ Lives at Risk

Call it the Twilight Zone of reality when three rail labor unions embrace the convictions of extreme-right public figures Tucker Carlson (Fox News), Republican Governors Greg Abbott (Texas) and Ron DeSantis (Florida), and Republican Senators Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand Paul (Kentucky) and oppose vaccine mandates intended to protect society against the deadly COVID-19 virus and its Delta variant.