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Easy Access to Freight Locomotives

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT5716C10006
Agency Tracking Number: 141FR3002II
Amount: $346,573.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 141FR3
Solicitation Number: DTRT5714RSBIR1
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-12-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-12-11
Small Business Information
47500 US Hwy 41, Houghton, MI, 49931
DUNS: 073282928
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Glen Simula
 (906) 482-1235
Business Contact
 Lynn Eliason
Title: Director of Operations
Phone: (906) 482-1235
Research Institution
Accessing a freight locomotive is one of the most basic, daily tasks performed by a railroad engineer. However, this task has historically been difficult due to several factors such as the first step which may be 19 inches above the top of the rail, weather conditions which may make the steps slippery, and the fact that the ground surrounding the locomotive may be uneven or covered in debris or ballast. Considering these difficulties and the aging workforce that must navigate these hazards, there are ample opportunities for injuries while accessing a locomotive. GS Engineering was awarded a Phase I SBIR to develop a device which could eliminate his hazard by lifting a worker from the ballast level to the deck of the locomotive. GS Engineering succeded in making such a device, and feedback from industry has been enthusiastic and positive with stakeholders immediately recognizing the value of such a device in making their workplace safer. GS Engineering is prepared to proceed to Phase II, where detailed design and integration can take place, followed by testing of the system aboard a locomotive in a revenue environment. This technology can then be transitioned to the industry.

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