Basic train control system for regional branch lines - Field test report

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Abstract

This paper presents a new kind of train control system for branch lines which are operated by radio-based operational train control. Most branch lines with such operating limitations cannot afford the cost of investment for modern signalling systems. The train control system presented herein represents a low cost solution which improves safety, increases ease of operation, and introduces an interesting level of automation without any costly line-side installations. It is based on data radio communication between the central computer, which is located in the dispatchers office and trains (each train is equipped with an on-board computer), cab signalling in the trains, and autonomous determination of train location using GPS and an odometer. Low cost has been achieved by using standard industrial computer hardware within the trains and by omitting any line-side installations, such as signals. Safety has been achieved by special operational sequences and by software redundancy. In Austria this system is in full operation on several lines (standard as well as narrow gauge) with a total length of appr. 90 km.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer System Design and Operation in the Railway and Other Transit Systems - Computers in Railways XI
PublisherWIT Press
Pages253-262
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781845641269
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event11th International Conference on Computer System Design and Operation in the Railway and Other Transit Systems, COMPRAIL 2008 - Toledo, Spain
Duration: 15 Sep 200817 Sep 2008

Publication series

NameWIT Transactions on the Built Environment
Volume103
ISSN (Print)1743-3509

Conference

Conference11th International Conference on Computer System Design and Operation in the Railway and Other Transit Systems, COMPRAIL 2008
CountrySpain
CityToledo
Period15.09.200817.09.2008

Keywords

  • GPS based train location
  • Operational train control
  • Regional branch line
  • Train control system

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