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Alstom, Transmashholding Test 2ES5 Freight Locomotive Prototype

February 19th, 2013

2ES5 freight locomotive prototype.

Rail products supplier Alstom and its Russian rail engineering partner Transmashholding are testing their jointly developed 2ES5 freight locomotive prototype at the Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Plant.

The testing will include inspection, start up and commissioning of all systems and components using both static and dynamic tests. The final tests will be executed on the Russian Railways testing ring. The procedure will ensure smooth and safe operation of the 2ES5 under real conditions. A second prototype will also be provided to accelerate the test process.

Deliveries of the locomotives will start at the end of 2013. According to the contract, 2ES5 locomotives will be supplied to Russian Railways until at least 2020. They will be operated in eastern Siberia and Far East regions.

The 2ES5 is the second train developed by TRTrans, a 50-50 joint venture of Alstom and TMH. Its components will be manufactured in Russia.

With the new locomotives, Russian Railways expects to increase freight capacity, boost energy efficiency and reduce operating and maintenance costs.

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Pacific Imperial Railroad Taps Dahlman as CEO

February 19th, 2013

Pacific Imperial Railroad on Feb. 1 named Ernest J. Dahlman III its new CEO.

Dahlman founded and served as president of Dahlman Rose & Company, an investment bank serving the transportation and infrastructure areas.

“We are very excited to have Ernie join the team,” said Donald Stoecklein, president, in a written statement. “PIR has a significant opportunity to service the Maquiladoras, also known as Maquila or twin plants area of Mexico. Our goal is to provide the fastest, most cost efficient and safest opportunity for these companies to move freight. Ernie’s background advising companies in our sector and others on strategic matters is a significant addition to our team.”

The western short line has been upgrading its Desert Line in San Diego to make its freight operations fully operational.

The upgrades follow Pacific Imperial’s signing of a 99-year lease in December 2012 with the San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway Company and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board to operate the line. The deal provides Pacific Imperial with the sole rights to run rail freight between the border crossing San Ysidro, between the U.S. and Mexico traveling south, and the border crossing at Tecate and Division, between the U.S. and Mexico traveling north.

Since signing the lease, the short line freight railroad has been engaging engineering, financial and strategic partners to work toward upgrading the line.


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Norfolk Southern Elects Nesbitt, Thompson as Directors

February 19th, 2013

Wick Moorman, Norfolk Southern’s chairman and CEO, has announced that John R. Thompson and Martin H. Nesbitt have been elected as directors.

Thompson has been appointed to the audit and governance and nominating committees and Nesbitt has been appointed to the audit and finance committees of the board.

John R. Thompson

Thompson, 61, of Minnetrista, Minn., has been a government relations consultant for Best Buy since October 2012, having served as senior vice president and general manager of BestBuy.com from 2002 to 2012. He joined the company in 2001 as senior vice president for supply chain and business systems.

Thompson also served as CIO and senior vice president for customer service, information systems, distribution logistics and e-business at Liz Claiborne and as CIO and executive vice president of Goody’s Family Clothing.

Martin H. Nesbitt

Nesbitt, 50, of Chicago, is co-founder of The Vistria Group. He served as president and CEO of PRG Parking Management and managing director of Green Courte Partners until 2012.

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Canadian National Names Vena Chief Operating Officer, EVP

February 19th, 2013

Claude Mongeau, president and CEO of Canadian National, has announced the promotion of Jim Vena to be CN’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Vena, 54, will be based in Montreal. He will be replaced as senior vice president of the southern region in Homewood, Ill., by Jeff Liepelt, 53, who is currently senior vice president of the eastern region.

Vena joined CN in 1977 as a brakeman. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in operations and marketing and led all three of CN’s operating regions.

Liepelt also started his railroading career as a brakeman when he joined the Illinois Central Railroad, which was acquired by CN in 1999, in 1978. He has held progressively responsible assignments at CN.

A replacement for Liepelt as leader of CN’s eastern region will be named shortly, the Class I railroad said in a written release.

Additionally, Sameh Fahmy, 61, senior vice president of engineering, mechanical and supply management, will retire from CN on March 31. The three functions under Fahmy’s responsibility will report directly to Vena after that time.

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