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UP advances positive train control, to spend US$300 million

  01.12.2017    

The Union Pacific (UP) plans to spend US$300 million in 2017 of the $2.9 billion total cost of its positive train control (PTC) programme, according to Shipping Gazette.
PTC is a system of monitoring and controlling trains, having the train move only when a multiplicity of signal give the go-ahead.
Through September 30, UP, the biggest US railway, installed 98 per cent, or 17,130 miles of required route miles with PTC signal hardware.
It also installed PTC hardware on 94 per cent of its 5,656 locomotives earmarked for the technology and equipped 3,681 locomotives with PTC hardware and software.
UP also installed 99 per cent of the wayside antennas needed to support PTC along the company's right of way.
UP also prepared 31 more track segments for PTC operations, bringing the total number of track segments to 135 (73 per cent complete).
These are now equipped with wayside devices (signals, switches and radios) and have defined GPS coordinates, which identify thousands of precise locations for system wide PTC coordination.
Educating 2,800 more employees on PTC operations, bringing the total number of employees trained to about 18,800 (59 per cent).
Increasing by 1,700 the number of route miles in PTC operation, bringing the total number of route miles in PTC operations to 7,559 (43 per cent).



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