Megawatts vs milliamps: the contrasting worlds of traction and signalling engineers

Rolling stock has a typical life span exceeding 30 years. With this in mind, any approval to operate must be supported by a thorough test program to ensure that the vehicle can be operated safely over its life. The objective of this paper is to provide members of the rail industry from a non-signalling background with an insight into the compatibility testing of rolling stock to the signalling system. While European standard EN50238 provides useful initial insights into the principles of testing, this paper aims to augment this standard by providing a local perspective on the signals testing of rolling stock. This paper describes the requirements for testing, the objectives of testing, the factors governing pass fail criteria, the range of tests that can be conducted and why, considerations on test equipment, analysis of results and processes for approval. The focus on the paper is based on a signalling network which uses track circuits as the principle means of detecting rolling stock.

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  • Pagination: 8p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Maintaining the momentum: CORE 2016: conference on railway excellence, 16-18 May 2016, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01636890
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: May 30 2017 3:30PM