The 24/7 railway: creating capacity by minimising the impact of maintenance

The authors' research aims to identify ways to maximize track infrastructure capacity and improve the efficiency of track positions, while also improving railway worker safety and reducing delays due to engineering works. The key to current railway track maintenance systems is the person in charge of possessions (PICOP), who is responsible for laying down detonators to warn of approaching trains, managing the contractors performing track possession, and ensuring the safety of workers as trains pass through the possession. The authors assert that the key to providing a more sustainable solution is to exploit communication technology advances from military systems and combine these with 3D imaging so that both the train driver and the PICOP have the best possible information to ensure safety. The article describes innovative technologies, including robotic systems, and highlights similar issues that have been seen in space exploration and in the coal mining industry.

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  • Authors:
    • Muller, Jan-Peter
    • Bantin, Nicholas
    • Jackson, Tom
  • Publication Date: 2014-2


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01526232
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 6 2014 8:46PM