The strategic application of in-sleeper technology for increased performance and return of investment

In-sleeper turnout operating systems are rapidly gaining wider acceptance by Australian railway operators and infrastructure owners. One organisation at the forefront of the introduction of the technology is QR. QR was the first Australian railway organisation to strategically use in-sleeper turnout operating systems. This was as part of the Callemondah Third Spur and No.2 Arrival Projects in 2008. The Third Spur Project was implemented to minimise congestion around the unloading pits by improving movement of the trains between Callemondah Yard and the unloading pits. The objective of the project was to provide increased operational flexibility resulting in increased capacity at the Callemondah Yard. Key drivers for the selection of turnout operating equipment were firstly, and most importantly, to support the objectives of the project. Another important factor was to provide turnout operating equipment with minimal maintenance requirements. Operational performance and reliability of the installed systems was also obviously a key factor in the selection of turnout operating equipment. This paper analyses the application of the Siemens in-sleeper turnout operating equipment in the Callemondah Third Spur and No.2 Arrival projects. It also demonstrates how QR has achieved a return of investment of almost 14% along with a greater than 115% operational performance improvement through the use of the Siemens One Trough in-sleeper equipment.

Media Info

  • Pagination: 21p.
  • Monograph Title: AusRAIL PLUS 2009, doing more with less, 17-19 November 2009, Adelaide, South Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01516990
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2014 8:02PM