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Advanced Network Train Control System

Advanced Network Train Control System

Project Cost: Forecast $10.8 million
Timeframe: January 2010 – January 2015
Funding: Tasmanian Government (Rail Recovery Plan)
Works partner: Siemens and Tait Communications

Overview: TasRail's current Train Control System is non-automated and requires considerable human interaction and compliance with operating rules. It uses paper-based procedures and the authority to safely access the network is transmitted to trains, track workers and equipment operators via a dedicated, open channel radio system. In common with other users of "dark territory" safe working systems, TasRail continues to experience a relatively high number of safe working breaches due to human error. The new Advanced Network Train Control System provides visibility of on-track vehicles, providing additional protection through warning and alarms to the operators and Network Control. The project includes the installation of a new data communications system.

Project Objectives: Improve network capacity, safety and efficiency for track users. Reduce safe working irregularities and waiting times for asset management.