Field Experience with GPS based Train Control System

Burkhard Stadlmann, Stefan Mairhofer, Gerhard Hanis

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Abstract

This paper presents the field experience with a new kind of GPS based train control system for branch lines which are operated by radio-based operational train control. Most branch lines with such operating limitation cannot afford the cost investment for modern signalling systems. The train control system presented herein is a low cost solution which improves safety, makes operation easier, and introduces an interesting level of automation without costly line-side installations. It is based on autonomous determination of train location using differential GPS and an odometer with data radio communication between the central computer and the on-board computer in the train. In Austria, this system has been in full operation since 2006 on several single-track lines with a total length of approx. 90km. This paper will therefore present the experience with this GPS based train control system and its safety aspects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings ENC-GNSS 2010
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventENC GNSS 2010 The European Navigation Conference on Global Navigation Satellite Systems - Braunschweig, Germany
Duration: 19 Oct 201021 Oct 2010
http://www.enc-gnss2010.org/index.php

Conference

ConferenceENC GNSS 2010 The European Navigation Conference on Global Navigation Satellite Systems
CountryGermany
CityBraunschweig
Period19.10.201021.10.2010
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Keywords

  • Train control System
  • GPS based train location
  • safety of GPS location
  • regional branch lines

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