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APTA Rail 2010: The trade show floor

The APTA Rail Products and Services Showcase!

The APTA Rail Products and Services Showcase!

If you didn’t know, TransLink is hosting the 2010 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) rail conference this week! See the APTA Rail 2010 category for more posts.

Conferences of all stripes usually have a trade show exhibition, where different companies advertise their wares. I thought I’d post a few pictures of the APTA Rail Products and Services Showcase, as it provides an interesting glimpse at the range of things that go into a rail system.

Also, for many of these things, I had no idea that there were whole companies behind them!

The Armor Tile booth. They make rumble strips for the edge of station platforms!

The Armor Tile booth. They make rumble strips for the edge of station platforms!

For example, there’s a company who makes the rumble strips at the edge of station platforms, as well as other tactile flooring!

TrainWash!

TrainWash!

Whiting Systems offers the TrainWash system to keep your trains clean.

American Seating

American Seating

American Seating obviously offers seats :) By the way, everyone is sitting because I happened to be taking photos during the lunch section of the conference!

Luminator.

Luminator.

Luminator makes LED signage and lighting systems.

4One passenger seating.

4One passenger seating.

Here’s the 4One booth, which offers passenger seating too.

Japan Railways.

Japan Railways.

Japan Railways had a booth with a model train! Their expertise in high speed rail and rail systems is becoming particularly valuable in the industry right now.

ProTran1.

ProTran1.

ProTran1 is a company that makes safety products for electrified train systems.

Init!

Init!

And last but not least is the train-shaped Init booth!

Init, of course, is a manufacturer of communications and information systems for public transit: they supplied the GPS-based communications and announcement system on our bus fleet (read more about it here). Also, if you stepped through the entrance, Init’s automatic passenger counter would count you and put the number up on a big screen. Very clever.


6 Comments

  • By Matt, June 10, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

    It was a fun conference. I managed to score a Vossloh Kiepe (the company which does the electronics in the new trolleys) iPhone cleaner and key chain.

    The hospitality suites upstairs were fun too, overall a very educational conference but also depressing in some ways to hear about the massive rail expansion happening in cities across North America while we’re still fighting for federal/provincial funding to start the Evergreen and UBC lines. Sigh.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, June 10, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

    An iPhone cleaner! Garr, I didn’t get one!
    Anyway yes: the political climate for rail is SO different in America right now. All the movement really comes from the federal government there, and the current administration is super keen on rail investment.

  • By Derek Cheung CMBC, June 10, 2010 @ 5:46 pm

    Recognize the blue passenger seats in the 4One photo? It’s the ones that our trolleys and NovaBUS coaches have.

    The Luminator photo shows their multi-colour destination signs (our trolleys have their amber LED signs). It also shows their white LED interior lighting system called Quantum.

    ODK4 Quantum dimming is their new system which has the ability to have the interior lighting brightness infinitely controlled through the destination sign Operator Display Keypad.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, June 11, 2010 @ 9:38 am

    Derek: I didn’t even see those were the same seats in the 4One booth. The American Seating booth had the new puffy vinyl seats we have on the SkyTrain and 99 hybrids – I didn’t catch a good photo of them though.

  • By David M, June 11, 2010 @ 11:40 am

    Jhenifer – a big thank you for the excellent blogging from the conference. I feel like I was there. That tour looked amazing.

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