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A look at the latest developments and rail technology.

Clip concept

Alstom/Tarmac joint venture infrastructure maintenance contractor GTRM has developed a PVC track guard insulating clip to eliminate track circuit failures triggered by metal objects coming into contact with the bottom of rails. The resultant short circuits can cause signals to flash green to red as a train approaches, costing infrastructure companies thousands of pounds a year in train delay penalties.

GTRM signalling project engineer Colin Ball was awarded the Alstom Cre- Action Award for introducing the clip concept which was developed in conjunction with Vortok International.

GTRM (0121) 654 8385

Customer helpline

Racal Telecom has launched the TORUS InfoPoint telephone help point, designed to offer a flexible customer information system that can be adapted for a range of station environments.

The device offers a two-button telephone with autodial connections to a timetable information line, an emergency call handling service and a two line LCD display giving train information.

As part of a network-wide CIS, InfoPoints can have a third button providing access to the last message received from the central controller.

Vandal-resistant and weatherproof, Infopoint can be customised in the livery of the train operator.

Racal (01344) 388000

Track protection

The Response Novatrack biological track protection system is said to save money on re-ballasting, reduce maintenance and create a cleaner environment for trackbed engineers. It comprises three key elements: the bio-remediation of the trackbed, the installation of a patented trackbed matting system and the regular application of a bio-spray.

Supplier Response Environmental Services says the matting system contains natural absor-bents and microbial biomass. It absorbs and destroys spilt diesel while providing continuous bio-remediation of the trackbed. Applying the bio-spray degrades the toilet debris subsequently falling on to the matting surface.

Response Environmental Services (01709) 816104

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