TechnologySystems That Power Modern Railways

prrajputFebruary 2, 2021656 min

Modern railways are the epitome of engineering finesse across the globe – making it possible to move tons of massive cargo at incredible speeds, hosting hundreds of thousands of passengers across stations every day and ensuring flawless security without any incidents.

Thanks to the advanced mechanical, electrical and electronic systems that make modern rail a dependable mode of transport.

In this blog, we will take a look at some of these marvellous railways systems that power one of the biggest transport infrastructures for mankind.

#1. WAGO – Point Operating Systems

When it comes to cutting-edge components and precision engineering for railway safety systems, WAGO stands out from others.

Functioning point operating systems – whether operated electrically or hydraulically – are fundamental to preventing train failures. Therefore, operators rely on predictive maintenance – detecting possible defects before they arise. The WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM collects the data measured by sensors on the points and provides them to the control centre. This allows the smallest deviations to be evaluated directly and repairs to be initiated.

WAGO is also known for its signal technology and railroad vehicles technologies, paving its way to modernization of global railways with safety as paramount.

#2. Icer Rail – Friction-based Rail Mobility

Traditionally, railways have used cast iron brakes to keep trains immobile, slow them down and control acceleration during downhill tracks. Braking with iron, cement, other alloys, and metals generates extreme heat. This leads to wear and tear and increases the risk of accidents. Advancements in materials research and development allow for different materials to manufacture brakes, which removes the issues with current technologies.

Spanish scale-up Icer Rail, now a part of the Knorr-Bremse group, develops organic brake blocks covering a range of friction coefficients like LL (very low), L (low), K (high), and KK (very high) for locomotives, passenger coaches, freight wagons, and metros following international railway standards. They also replace cast iron blocks for freight and supplementary brake block for coaches, in compliance with the European Union for ‘rolling noise reduction’.

#3. WAGO – Rail Vehicle Technology

WAGO’s vibration-proof spring connectors technology has been an industry standard for more than 40-years.

The superior operator-independent quality of WAGO’s electrical interconnection technology, which features quick and easy handling, is only one of the reasons that this spring-connection technology has been an industry go-to. This technology can be found aboard electric and diesel locomotives, passenger railroad cars and double-decker vehicles, and in traction vehicles for regional, local and high-speed trains, trolleys and subways.

#4. SIA KTN – Railway Point Heating System

Railroads often go to places humans normally won’t. This includes snowy, freezing terrains as well.

Latvian startup SIA KTN develops the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for railway points heating. The fully automated point heating control system uses a series of models on climate and weather conditions. It can assess the best cleaning technique required, blowing snow off the track or electrical heating of ice on tracks.

Their solution, which is still under testing and trials, allows real-time monitoring of tracks in regions that are hard to access.

As engineering advances, we will have smarter, more efficient rail transportation infrastructure across the globe. With the leaders already innovating new technologies, the future of railways is already here.

Stay tuned to our blog for more industry trends and insights!


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