One of the main switching and maintenance facilities on the coal route from the Powder River Basin region was in need dire need of an update. Unfortunately, this control system had become unsupported and obsolete over time - so we stepped in to help.
To do so, RailComm replaced the old, basic routing solution with our modernized DOC® system. This provides routing in and out from both ends of the yard. Not only that, it automates the blue flag protection process as well
RailComm’s Blue Flag Protection system allows BNSF to automatically apply and remove BFI’s. And when operated in conjunction with the yard remote control system, it actually blocks tracks to avoid routes being lined over them. Importantly, the system can handle multiple user protections on multiple tracks - enhancing efficiency and safety.
System breakdown and benefits
The DOC System is a commercially available and off‐the‐shelf control system. It’s been specifically engineered to provide railroads with the flexibility to remotely control their yard assets. This integrated approach to yard automation allows them to remotely control:
Blue flag operations
Manual switch point indicators
This solution saves time, resources and, crucially, increases employee safety.
RailComm provided a yard automation system to control a combination of:
72 x powered switches
14 x powered derails
67 x blue flag indicators
Project size: Over $0.5 million