A system to predict ‘rough riding’ has been fitted to 80 trains running in Network Rail’s Wessex Region, as part of a wider trial.
Siemens Mobility’s Train-Borne Condition Monitoring System (TBCM) is being evaluated on South Western Railway rolling stock over a period of six months.
Siemens’ TBCM identifies sections of track that need attention by analysing data collected from trains equipped with a GSM-R cab radio. The application can be downloaded, with no need for new hardware.
The company says that in addition to rough-ride detection and prediction, TBCM can be used to identify and monitor voids in the track, and to detect potential major anomalies. It also shows the effectiveness of repair at sites where rough rides have previously been reported.
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