Railpool NTT Management

On August 31 Railpool acquired Nordisk TogTeknikk AS and its and its NTT Sverige subsidiary from Einar and Katri Hageskal, who will continue as CEO and CFO. The locomotive maintenance workshops in Oslo, Göteborg and Malmö will remain accessible to all customers. ‘The positive development of our business through the last years has put Railpool into a position to invest in a proper mix of both organic growth and strategic integration of external resources’, said Railpool CFO Ingo Wurzer. ‘With the integration of Norway’s largest private company delivering locomotive and railway equipment maintenance services, we are adding capacity and skills while continuing a responsibly planned growth journey.’

SNCF Réseau has appointed Certifer to provide AsBo, NoBo and DeBo services for the Argos innovation partnership which is undertaking the renewal and digitalisation of signal boxes across France. Argos is being supported by Alstom, Thales and Hitachi Rail STS.


The Greenbrier Companies has elected retired four-star Admiral Thomas B Fargo as Independent Chair from September 1. He has been a board member since 2015 and Lead Director since January 2021, a position which is eliminated with the election of an independent Board Chair. Fargo succeeds William A Furman, who has been Executive Chair since March and will continue to serve as a board member until January 2024, completing 50 years with Greenbrier.

DB ICE passes freight train on Hannover - Hamburg line (Photo: Deutsche Bahn/Volker Emersleben)

The VDEI association of German railway engineers has called on the federal government to implement a strategy to tackle the shortage of skilled workers in the rail sector which it says is an obstacle to infrastructure modernisation and renewals.

Kuala Lumpur buildings

The National Rail Centre of Excellence is being rebranded as the Malaysian Rail Development Corp. Transport Minister Dr Wee Ka Siong said MRDC would act as a co-ordinating body for development of the domestic rail industry, developing skills, improving standards and co-ordinating research collaborations.

IVU Traffic Technologies has joined multi-modal industry association Deutsches Verkehrsforum.

Geng Ming

Alstom appointed Geng Ming as China Cluster Managing Director with effect from September 1. He brings more than 23 years of experience in the rail sector, having started his career at Guangzhou Metro Corp as fleet operation and maintenance engineer, before working for TÜV Rheinland and Siemens Mobility in China before joining Alstom in March 2022.

Amsted Digital Solutions has appointed Valerie Williams to lead the company’s Professional Services team, with an emphasis on fleet management. She has more than 16 years of experience in wagon fleet management including strategic planning and fleet sizing, dispute resolution, freight rate and contract negotiations, and North American rail freight regulations.