Tuesday, November 5, 2013


UK forms new rail industry supply chain forum

5 November 2013

The UK Government has formed a new rail industry supply chain forum to bring together the Department for Transport (DfT), the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) and industry stakeholders, to develop a strategy to enhance the country's rail industry.
The new forum will encourage the expansion of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across the rail industry, as well as assisting the government in building and understanding supply chain capability.
The forum will also help the UK Government, execute projects such as Crossrail and the HS2 project.
"These new faster trains will help stimulate economic growth by improving connections between our major cities."
Intercity Express Programme (IEP) trains will start operating to Wales and the south west by 2017, and along the east coast a year later.
UK Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "They will slash journey times, boost capacity to many of our cities in the south-west and up the east coast to Scotland."
"Like our plans for a national high-speed rail network, these new faster trains will help stimulate economic growth by improving connections between our major cities."

Image: Intercity Express Programme (IEP) trains will start operating to Wales and the south-west by 2017. Photo: courtesy of Gov.UK

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Sundaytimes Sri Lanka

Modern tech to optimise train movement

Tireless efforts of R and D officer will hopefully end delays
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With Android phones being fixed to engines, the woes of train commuters whose common complaint is delays, will soon be eased.
To be tried out initially on the coastline between Colombo Fort and Matara starting next month (November), the ‘Train traffic optimisation system’ has become a reality due to the tireless efforts of Research and Development Officer Anura Pushpakumara Kasthoori (46) of the Department of Railways.
The new system will initially be launched on the coastline between Colombo Fort and Matara. Pic by Hasitha Kulasekera
Explaining that train travel has been riddled with numerous issues due to time-tables not being drawn up in a scientific manner and routine errors, as real-time data are not being used, Mr. Kasthoori who had been tasked with studying the issues has now come up with a solution.
With a train considered “a moving robot”, his solution is for the Android operating system programmed device in the engine room to relay real-time data through GPS (global positioning system) and GPRS (global positioning receiving subsystem) to a central server at the Telecom internal data centre in Colombo Fort.
With the data thus relayed from the Coast Line being studied and analysed for six months, the Railway Department would be able to come up with a master time-table. Thereafter, a Google map will show officers at the Maradana Train Control Office, the trains travelling along their tracks, what speed they are travelling at and whether there are delays, points out Mr. Kasthoori.
According to his vision, under this three-year project, LED screens could display the electronic time-table and people may even be able to get train arrival and departure times on their mobiles so that they could adjust their work schedules accordingly without kicking their heels at railway stations and cursing the department.
“The full benefits will be reaped only after about two years,” assures Mr. Kasthoori, adding that the study of real-time data and train dynamics would help in the time-table being adjusted with an added benefit being accident reduction as driver-to-control room and also driver-to-driver communication being easy.
Under the current system, train times cannot be predicted, he explains, pointing out that there are three “different” operations for networking. They are:
• The Centralised Traffic Controlling (CTC) system under which the Control Office in Maradana uses signals and colour lights to allow trains to proceed or to halt them. This system works on the Maradana-Pallewela, Maradana-Wadduwa and Maradana-Negombo lines.
All aboard: The brains behind the Train traffic optimisation system Anura Pushpakumara Kasthoori (left) with an engine driver. Pic by Reka Tharangani
• Under the Local Operating System, once again colour lights and signals are used by the Train Controller at a particular spot after getting the required information over the phone from the relevant Station Master
• Under the Tablet System which is electrically controlled, only one train is allowed per block. Although considered a very safe system, it has become obsolete across the world and been replaced by computers.
The ‘Train traffic optimisation system’ which is now on the cards and is part of the ‘Railway Management System’ had been mooted by Mr. Kasthoori as a research proposal he submitted last year (2012) to the National Research Council (NRC) under the Science and Research Ministry, which is directed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
“This is my M.Phil research project at the School of Computing of the Colombo University,” he says, adding with humility that it was selected as one of the best and awarded Rs. 2.5 million by the NRC. While he has been guided by his M.Phil supervisor, the very experienced Dr. Kasun de Soyza, on the side of the Railway Department there has been much support from General Manager B.A.P. Ariyaratne, Additional General Manager (Technical) S.M. Abyewickrema, Deputy Mechanical Engineer (Projects & Development) A.D. Wickremasinghe and Chief Superintendent of the Railway Stores, S.M. Nirmala Ganasinghe.
The project came somewhat naturally to Mr. Kasthoori because he knows the Railway like the back of his hand, having joined the department in 1992 as a locomotive driver. Be it the Northern Line, the Main Line up to Badulla, the Colombo-Kandy line, the Maho-Trincomalee line, the Gal-Oya-Batticaloa line, the Kandy-Matale line, the Coast Line up to Matara or the Kelani Valley line up to Avissawella, he has travelled them all, manning a train engine.
It was in his precious free time that he followed a degree in IT and Computer Science at the Colombo University’s School of Computing.
With his IT knowledge coming in handy, when he was studying the current system that he realized that the shortcomings impeded an increase in track capacity. When giving information over the phone, human error crept in causing not only delays but also congestion, he says.
This is why he has come up with a system to mitigate these shortcomings with the objectives of increasing track capacity, proper implementation of train routes and a time-table based on real-time data.
An automated train controlling system without human intervention as followed in the developed world is Mr. Kasthoori’s dream for Sri Lanka.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Industrial Design and Fabrication - Rail Car Cleaning Systems

Based in Stockton, California, Industrial Design and Fabrication (IDF) specializes in the design and manufacture of custom equipment for use in the rail car cleaning industry. With over thirty years of combined experience, the owners of IDF have been responsible for the development, construction and support of both mobile and stationary types of rail car cleaning equipment.
IDF can design and fabricate a rail car cleaning system to meet the most demanding requirements of the rail car industry. With modular construction, systems can be built to clean from one to 100 rail cars a day.


Each of the main modules of an IDF system is equipped with all of the components required for the tank cleaning process, i.e. tanks, pumps, heat exchangers, etc. Modules are pre-wired and pre-plumbed at the factory, making installation much easier than a build-in-place system. In addition, the entire top surfaces of the modules are covered with bar-grating and surrounded by hand rails, as per OSHA specifications, to provide an elevated work platform. The addition of staircases and roll out gangways provide the operator with safe and easy access to the tops of the rail cars being cleaned.


Multiple modules can be interconnected to increase car-cleaning capacity. For added flexibility, elevated work platforms and catwalks can be supplied to provide multiple cleaning stations for single or multiple modules.
Additionally, cleaning modules can be remotely located, and plumbed to existing catwalks and work platforms, allowing installations based around existing facilities and track layouts. The powerful closed loop washing system incorporated into each module makes these systems suited for cleaning railcars that carry a wide variety of commodities, while conserving cleaning solutions and water.


Systems can be equipped with either all-manual valves or, for added convenience, valves can be pneumatically actuated and electrically controlled from the operator's control station. Heating for the wash solution is provided by an ASME coded tube and a shell heat exchanger, which uses steam as the medium of heating. Process tanks are equipped with fixed weir rings to allow oils and other light phase materials to be removed for disposal.
As with all of Industrial Design and Fabrication’s products these systems are designed and constructed to provide the customer with a high quality machine that is easy to use and will provide years of trouble free operation.

Contact Details

Industrial Design and Fabrication, Inc.
PO Box 268
United States of America
Tel: +1 209 937 9128
Fax: +1 209 948 6558
Email: sales@idf-mfg.com
URL: idf-mfg.com 
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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Indian built Northern railway line on track


The Indian-built Northern railway line is on schedule, officials said. A trial run was conducted on the completed new railway track between Medawachchiya and Madhu Road, covering a distance of 43 kms recently.

The reconstructed track is a 43 km long segment in the prestigious Northern Railway Line projects, comprising a 252 km route length, which is being executed by Ircon International Limited, a government company under the Ministry of Railways India. The project is funded by the Government of India, under the Indian Line of Credit. "This segment is now dedicated to the public of Sri Lanka and has been completed well within the scheduled completion date", said S L Gupta, General Manager of Ircon International Limited.

The reconstructed railway track is designed with a speed potential of 120kmph. Rail joints are minimized using the latest modern welding technology. Pre-stressed concrete sleepers have been used to lay the track, instead of traditional wooden sleepers to ensure durable and stronger tracks, simultaneously helping to preserve the environment. CMS (Cast Manganese Steel) crossings with standard turnouts, long welded rails with switch expansion joints, panel interlocking, flash butt welding, etc. have been incorporated to provide a long lasting track, with minimal maintenance effort.

"For the execution of the project, local manpower and agencies have been deployed in order to generate local employment as well as for purposes of skills development", said Gupta.

The railway tracks from Omanthai to Kankesanthurai and Medawachchiya to Talaimannar were completely destroyed during the devastating civil war. The Government of India has extended its support to the Government of Sri Lanka to rebuild the 252 km route length track under the 800 Million US$ lines of credit. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in 5 phases and all segments of the project are progressing well according to schedule", said Gupta. MPLN Peiris, Project Director of Sri Lanka Railway, M P De Silva, Team Leader of CECB and S L Gupta, General Manager of Ircon International Limited, undertook the trial run on 23-04-2013. Other officers from Sri Lanka Railway, CECB and Ircon also participated in the trial run. The trial run commenced from Medawachchiya station and ended at the newly constructed Madhu Road Station.

"The trial run was successful and comfortable and we are very pleased that this phase of the project has been completed", said Gupta.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Eleven countries by 48 trains in 15 days


By Eng. Asela K. Kulatunga
Secretary-Railway Heritage Trust -

Sri Lanka

Travelling is one of the main categories of enjoyment for many. Those who have high spending power do this on foreign soil and those who cannot afford that satisfy themselves with local trips. However, there are a few in this country who fall into the first category.

Recently, one of my friends, Nimal Perera, a Grade 1 locomotive driver of SLR and a founding member of our Railway Heritage Trust of Sri Lanka, did a magnificent tour of Europe on a small budget saved over the past year untiringly. Due to various reasons, I thought of sharing his experiences with many of our readers who might take-up the challenge Nimal Perera stood up to, in the years to come.

He did this tour with a 1st class Euro-rail pass which cost him about

Swiss Franc 605- Rs. 80,000/-. This Europe-wide trip started from Basel, Switzerland, where he stayed with some of his friends for a couple of days. Initial leg of the tour was from Basel to Hamburg in Germany by the Basel - Hamburg train. This journey took him about 6 hrs. His main intention was to visit the world's biggest miniature railway wonderland. This place has the world's largest collection of railway models, including world famous railway tracks, such as, Grand Canyon of USA. In addition, he went on a city tour which covered most of the monuments and public attractions. He stayed that night in one of the world's most famous budget accommodation hostel chains called Youth Hostel (AO hostel) at Leipzig , Germany.

Following day he visited the Czech Republic via the Berlin to Linz train and had the opportunity of seeing the ancient buildings and art galleries situated in Ceske Bude Jovice. Second night was spent at a hotel of the same city for Crone 300/-. Following day he visited the Slovekian city called Bratislava and stayed the third night at the Youth Hostel (YH) at Corvin Point.

From Bratislava, next, he travelled to a city known as Kosice, which was a 5hrs train journey and situated on the Ukrainian Border. There was a bus service operating from this city to London. In this city our traveller faced some unpleasantness from Gypsies who live there. However, some security personnel supported him to get over the incident. Same day he travelled to the Hungarian capital Budapest and stayed the night at YH there and he was the first Sri Lankan to stay at that hostel, according to the authorities. The next day he visited many palaces in the Hungarian capital and walked along the banks of river Danube and he also took the footpath of the world famous ancient chain bridge. In addition there are many palaces, churches of gothic architecture. According our traveller, Perera, this was the city where he met the most hospitable people he has ever come across in the EU. Most of the PROs of the railway stations were very supportive of visitors.

Same day evening, he took a train to visit the famous BRAMS Castle situated in Brasov in Transylvania (Previous name used for Rumania). From there he took a rail jet to Wien in the Austrian capital the same evening and spent some time at the Wien YH. Next day he went to Semarine highlands through a track full of tunnels and culverts. The track was laid through a part of Alps. Towards night the same day, he returned to the Czech Republic city called Ceske Bude Jovice and stayed the night with a Czech couple, Irena & Jara, known to him.

He was amazed at their hospitality, especially to note the delicious food they served and was impressed that the couple arranged for the next day's bookings as well. On his seventh day he visited the capital of Czech, Prague, which is full of many ancient palaces and buildings and later got on to a train to travel to Berlin where he got the opportunity of having a cab ride as well. That night he got accommodation at YH Berlin, the city full of oriental music players.

Nimal Perera had a most memorable experience on his eighth day of the tour, on his way to Copenhagen, Denmark. This journey involved a 45 minute ferry travel through the Baltic Sea. Here the train initially goes to the ferry and the ferry takes the train to the other shore. At Copenhagen he stayed at DAN hostel and next day went on a city tour organised by the YH, free of charge. That evening he took a train to Sweden, Stockholm, where he arrived the next morning. From there he went to a city called Ostersund on the northern side. This part of the journey went mainly through thick jungles covered with cypress trees. From there, towards early morning, he took a train in the westward direction to cross the Sweden - Norway border to reach a city called Trondheim by 9 pm. During this part of the journey he noticed many freight trains full of logs, including forest cover. On the border, Norwegian Border Police checked the whole train. Even though he travelled during the evenings and early at night, he did not see any difference in the times of day since it was summer for the North Pole. From Trondheim, he moved to Oslo by a night train, and reached there by 6.45 am. He did not stay at any hotels in Norway and Sweden since accommodation and food was very expensive compared to other European countries.

From Oslo, he travelled to Amsterdam of Netherlands via Hallsburg of Sweden and to Copenhagen of Denmark, on the tenth day of the tour. While he was in Amsterdam, he visited famous museums in the city. Same night he took a city night train to reach Basel, Switzerland, where he started the journey. This journey took 12 days, 33 trains and covered nine countries.

The next leg of the tour started on the same day, after having a four hour rest, to get a change of clothing etc., from Luzern via Olten in Switzerland. The original plan was to travel to Milano of Italy via the St. Gotherd line. However, there was an earthslip between Fluelen and Goschenen, and the passengers were moved by buses. That night he spent in Monza in Italy and the next morning he travelled to Milano and stayed with his friends there and had some Sri Lankan food after two weeks.

Next day he visited the world famous church named after St. Anthony of Padua. From there he visited Verona to see the Romeo & Juliet antique house. From there he moved to Milano and took the evening train to reach Tirano, which is last station in eastern Italy and which is on Switzerland border. He stayed the night at a very cheap place for around 30 Euros. Next day, he travelled to St Moritz by the world famous Bernina express which travels in a scenic, mountainous area covering many glaziers, tunnels, viaducts, waterfalls, and precipitous valleys, where his mind went back to the Pattipola-Haputale stretch where he used to drive locos quiet frequently. According to Perera, the stretch between Trerano-Chur and St. Moritz is the best such segment he has covered so far.

The same day he returned to Zurich from Chur, then to Luzern, then to Basel via the beautiful Interlaken. This stretch is known as the Golden Pass due to its scenery. Thus ended the 15- day tour, which covered 11 countries on 48 trains.

Nimal Perera would like to thank the Swiss embassy in Sri Lanka, especially the visa section officials. Further, the sponsors of the tour, Rohan Perera and Hans Sommer, Hans Jurg Moser & Mrs. Brigita in Switzerland and Irena Vagnerova, Jara Vagnerova of Czech Republic, who had given their fullest support during his stay in the Czech Republic and Ms. Ajantha Hostetler of Switzerland and finally to Roland Feer (Loco Crew manager) of Swiss federal railways for interviewing him and Mrs. Annette Fuhrer for publishing an article in the Swiss Info magazine.

Email of mail: nimalperera1960@gmail.com

Monday, April 15, 2013

Australian high-speed rail project to cost $120bn

15 April 2013

HSR phase one
Australia has released a study on a high-speed rail network that would connect the major cities on the country's east coast at an estimated cost of A$114bn ($120bn).
The proposed 1,748km high-speed rail line would link Melbourne to Brisbane via Canberra and Sydney with expected completion in 2065.Australia has released a study on a high-speed rail network to connect cities on its east coast at an estimated cost of A$114bn ($120bn).
The proposed 1,748km high-speed rail line would link Melbourne to Brisbane via Canberra and Sydney with expected completion in 2065.
The scope of work under the project would include the construction of an electrified, standard-gauge, double-track line with trains operating at a top speed of 350km/h.
Around 144km of tunnels would need to be built, of which 67km would be under Sydney and its surrounding districts.
The proposed high-speed line would pass through four capital city stations, four city-peripheral stations, and stations at the Gold Coast, Casino, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree, Newcastle, the Central Coast, Southern Highlands, Wagga Wagga, Albury-Wodonga and Shepparton.
"The proposed 1,748km high-speed rail line would link Melbourne to Brisbane via Canberra and Sydney with expected completion in 2065."
Australian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese said: "Such a network has the potential to deliver a net economic benefit and generate sufficient revenue to cover its operating and asset renewal costs."
The study reveals that construction of the first phase of the line between Sydney and Canberra will not start until 2027, with trains likely to run on the first stretch of track in 2035, reducing travel time from the current four hours to 64 minutes.
After completion of the line, travel time from Sydney to Brisbane would be reduced from the current 13 hours to just over two and a half hours, while the journey between Sydney and Melbourne would be cut from 12 hours to under three hours.
Once fully operational the rail line would transport 84 million passengers per year, with 19 million trips between Sydney and Melbourne.
The study was prepared for the Australian government by an Aecom-led consortium comprising Grimshaw Architects, KPMG, Sinclair Knight Merz, Acil Tasman, Booz & Co and Hyder.

Image: Phase one of the High Speed Rail) study was released in August 2011. Photo: courtesy of Commonwealth of Australia.

Bulox Equipment - Bogies, Suspension, Wheels and Axles

Bulox Equipment is one of the leading companies in the world to comprehensively focus on the design, manufacture and distribution of depot equipment in the railway industry.

Railway depot equipment and cleaning systems

Bulox Equipment's business focuses on the following:
  • Standard and customised test-rigs
  • Mechanical lifting and handling systems (lifter jacks, turntable, traverser, underfloor lifting systems)
  • Maintenance vehicles
  • Other customised railway vehicles
Cyclosystem has a wide range of cleaning machines for the railway industry:
  • Standard component cleaning machines
  • Customised cleaning systems
  • Bogie and wheelset cleaners
  • Automatic train wash plants
  • Underframe cleaners
  • Industrial waste water treatment plants

Automatic and semi-auto coupler test stand for coupler testing

The automatic and semi-automatic coupler test stand is a heavy-duty equipment that can provide actual load for the testing of each type of couplers. The basic testing includes coupling and de-coupling operations, air leakage tests, electrical continuity tests and full load pulling withstand tests.

Bogie test systems for fully-assembled bogies

The bogie test system can be designed for the basic or comprehensive testing of a fully-assembled bogie. The system utilises both microprocessor drives and monitoring, as well as hydraulic systems, to ensure that all the required testing is properly carried out on each fully-assembled bogie.

Automatic bogie and wheelset cleaners

The bogie and wheelset cleaner is a two-stage or multi-stage cleaner that can clean bogie, wheelset or other rail car components in a closed chamber, automatically using a specially designed high-pressure oscillating spray jet system. The Cyclosystem bogie cleaner is probably one of the most efficient cleaners in the industry.

Mobile lifting jacks

Bulox mobile lifting jacks are designed for the safest and most reliable operation, using trapezoidal screws to ensure self-locking in case of power failure.

Bogie and wheelset turntables

Bogie and wheelset turntables come in either manually-operated or motorised styles. They are used on fixed rails in the workshop to redirect the bogie or wheelset.

Bogie and wheelset rotators

The bogie or wheelset rotator is used for easy dismantling or re-assembly of components attached to the bogie or wheelset during servicing.

Bogie drop tables

The bogie drop table uses a scissor lift design, with a walk-on platform and an overlaying track bridge.

Company profile

Bulox Equipment began after Cyclosystem, a successful company that produces equipment for the process and cleaning trade, outgrew itself.
Bulox fully focuses on the railway industry, whilst Cyclosystem now designs and customises more and more equipment that is non-cleaning related in the rail and track field.
Although now an individual body, Bulox Equipment continues to share the same enthusiasm, originality and realistic approach.
From Bulox-Cyclosystem's equipment, customers expect a simple, modular, practical and reliable design, with plenty of aesthetic worth.

Contact Details

Bulox Equipment
15 Woodlands
Sector 1
Tel: +6564554111
Fax: +6564550111
Email: sales@cyclosystem.com
URL: www.cyclosystem.com 

Trelleborg Industrial AVS - Anti-Vibration Technology and Suspension Systems for the World's Rail Industries

Trelleborg Industrial AVS (TIAVS) is a world leader in providing solutions for the rail industry, specifically the design and manufacture of rubber to metal-bonded products and assemblies for anti-vibration applications and suspension systems. These are specified by virtually every major manufacturer of bogies, rolling stock and locomotives around the world, for applications from metro, light rail and commuter to high-speed and heavy freight locos.
Wherever they are used Trelleborg Industrial AVS components contribute to the comfort and safety of the passenger and the security and cost-effective reliability of operators.

Train suspension systems, control mountings and links, and drive couplings

Trelleborg Industrial AVS is best known in the rail industry for its Metalastik® branded products. These include primary and secondary suspension systems, centre control mountings, centre pivot bearings, control links and drive couplings for every type of application from trams and light rail to heavy freight locos. For the secondary suspension, the company offers a variety of products including air springs, all-rubber hourglass bearer springs and airspring systems, while chevron and Metacone® springs are typically used in primary suspensions.

Airsprings for the rail industry

The Metalastik® air spring combines large horizontal displacements and low frequency ride characteristics in both normal and emergency conditions. The system's progressive force/displacement characteristics help to make vehicles extremely stable in operation, particularly where the patented half hourglass design is used within the system.  In addition, the ability to accommodate high horizontal, torsional, and conical displacements make the Metalastik® design an ideal solution for bolsterless bogies.

Auxiliary systems for the rail industry

The company provides a wide portfolio of products for auxiliary systems.  These include resilient wheels inserts and powertrain mountings.  Another recent introduction is a resilient mount used for permanent way installations, specifically designed to reduce ground-borne vibration, which can cause secondary effects of noise and even structural damage in neighbouring buildings and transit tracks.  The design consists of two metal components – the top plate and frame, bonded together with an elastomer, normally rubber, specially compounded for lifetime spring performance and dynamic stiffness.

Design and manufacturing services for the rail industry

In addition to its wide range of rail-specific products, Trelleborg Industrial AVS offers a unique reservoir of elastomer expertise and what is probably the most extensive catalogue of rubber formulations in the industry.  This and the experience embodied in our expert teams of development and applications engineers is the key to Trelleborg's rail offering.  It is a combination of design skills and manufacturing excellence that ensures Trelleborg Metalastik® products not only work first time, out of the box but also offer long, trouble-free service and proven whole-life cost benefits.

About Trelleborg

The company's headquarters are located in its state-of-the-art plant in Leicester, UK, which also houses the core technical resource and its research and development unit.  Production is primarily based in Leicester, whilst there is also a highly developed engineering and sales support team based in Europe, Asia and North America.  The Trelleborg strategy is to make the company's technology available on a local basis in all the world's major rail markets.  This is achieved through technical innovation, a cross-disciplinary sales organisation with local dedicated engineering back-up and, thirdly, local manufacturing to provide a high level of local content. 

Contact Details

Trelleborg Industrial AVS
1 Hoods Close
United Kingdom
Contact: Rod Holroyd
Tel: +44 116 2670 433
Fax: +44 116 2670 513
Email: rail@trelleborg.com
URL: www.trelleborg.com/en/IndustrialAVS/ 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sunday Observer Online
Sunday Observer Online
Cameras on trains to minimise animal deaths


A pilot project was launched last week to minimise animal deaths, especially of elephants, caused by collisions with trains at night.
The Department of Railways, with support from the private sector, has taken the initiative of installing cameras on locomotives to minimise the deaths of animals crossing rail tracks at night. The first phase of the installation of these cameras took place at the Colombo Fort Railway Station last week under the patronage of Transport Minister Kumara Welgama. The night vision cameras will detect the movements of elephants or other animals within the range of one kilometre.
Minister Welgama said depending on the success of the pilot project, the Department will install a camera network on trains running on the Northern rail track. The number of elephants dying following collisions with trains has been increasing over the past few months. Ten elephants were killed by railway accidents last year. The accidents have also caused massive damage to the locomotives, in some instances even derailing trains. Sri Lanka Railways has identified the areas between Kekirawa and Punani on the Batticaloa line, between Galoya and China Bay on the Trincomalee line and between Maho and Galgamuwa on the Anuradhapura line as most vulnerable for elephant accidents.


The state of art solution proposed to minimize train-elephant collisions by our group to the transport ministry has been implemented as a pilot project by the Sri Lanka Railways. Initially one camera has fixed in EMD M3 591 locomotive which frequently undertake assignments in Eastern routes (Trinco and Batti). This is the first time in history that locomotives come up with thermal cameras to avoid accidents to wildlife. We as a group take the pride of this move though the authorities did not acknowledge us in the launching ceremony. 

C.A.T.E.R (Centre for Advanced Transport Engineering and Research) - Rail Inspection Systems

C.A.T.E.R (Centre for Advanced Transport Engineering and Research) develops innovative and cost-effective rail inspection systems offering ease of data collection and comprehensive analysis through reliable and proven engineering.
C.A.T.E.R provides quality engineering in the rail industry focused on predictive maintenance, condition monitoring, flaw trending, and an extensive array of rail specific instrumentation.

HANDWave Series II portable RFD tester

HANDWave, a portable RFD testing system, is a powerful and economical alternative to RFD vehicles as it has virtually identical detection performance to larger RFD vehicles.
The 2013 Series II release comes from understanding and addressing those customers' needs with this unique solution. The essential element to maintain is the unique concept of having one modular unit to be able to test one rail (SRT-Single Rail Tester), two rails at a time (DRT- Dual Rail Tester) or in an automated way by the DRT being towed by a small rail vehicle.
The advantage of this flexibility of setup offers significant cost savings for operators as this removes the need for the purchase, staffing and maintenance of several different types of vehicles.
HANDWave is a robust and lightweight ultrasonic rail flaw detection tool with powerful detection, display and processing features for flaw verification of main track, sidings, depots and yards in one continuous test of the rail.

ULTRAWave ultrasonic rail flaw detection system

ULTRAWave is an ultrasonic rail flaw detection (RFD) system that reduces the cost and risk of testing for rail network operators. C.A.T.E.R has refined decades of experience in supplying train borne RFD systems to offer the most comprehensive ultrasonic rail inspection system including the portable level of HANDWave.
Rail networks can tailor the system to specific requirements, a feature that was previously unavailable to rail operators. Networks can select from a range of carriers and ancillary functions to provide a cost-effective maintenance regime for a particular situation.
A major advantage of the ULTRAWave RFD system is the common software and interface across all levels of C.A.T.E.R ultrasonic systems. For example, HANDWave uses ULTRAWave LITE, a portable version of the vehicle-based systems. The same test operator is able to work at the pedestrian level of HANDWave up to the full train-borne systems with several rail inspection systems onboard. This commonality offers savings in staffing and training costs by the use of the same operator pool when a range of vehicle-based or portable RFD systems are employed.
Features of ULTRAWave include the accurate identification of rail foot corrosion, all software is PC-based for lower cost and shorter down-time and the accurate location tagging of artefacts.

VIDWave rail imaging with video identification system

C.A.T.E.R's Video IDentification System (VIDWave) is primarily used to inspect and visually confirm other rail inspection information. However, VIDWave can also be employed as a stand-alone (independent) system. VIDWave uses continuous high-speed imaging to aid the assessment and verification of potential flaws in the rail environment in real-time and during post-processing.
Synchronization with the ultrasonic information in post-processing improves the accuracy of rail flaw assessment and reduces analysis and maintenance time by accurate identification of rail issues. Images to identify and verify location can be viewed immediately in real time or during post-processing.
VIDWave can provide not only accurate inspection of the rail surface but also tie (sleeper) condition, ballast, PerWay assets, absence of clips and debris on or near the rail.

RIPWave rail condition monitoring system

C.A.T.E.R's Rail Intelligent Permanent Way Analysis ViEwer (RIPWave) is a powerful post-test analysis tool for genuine condition monitoring solutions and flaw trending. The software identifies, classifies and verifies potential problems associated with the rail environment.
RIPWave's ability to support extensive analysis and reporting capability, including run-on-run comparisons, is demonstrated by its capacity to collate, synchronize, filter and report on all RFD/UT, visual information, Track Geometry, Rail Profile Measurement, Corrugation and other related rail related information.
The C.A.T.E.R. aim is to provide the opportunity for rail networks to trend rail condition and develop a predictive regime of maintenance from the extensive tailored (network specific) information collected.

Customer focus for more effective RFD systems

C.A.T.E.R embraces developing better systems in response to customers' needs. The company is focused on expanding its markets internationally with tailored solutions for effective Rail Inspection systems.

Contact Details

Centre for Advanced Transport Engineering and Research (CATER)
Unit 6, 133 Winton Road
Western Australia 6027
Tel: +61 8 9300 9697
Fax: +61 8 9300 9697
Email: sales@fairclough.com.au
URL: www.cater.fairclough.com.au