Alternative Broken Rail Protection

With the advent of Positive Train Control (PTC) Technology to replace the conventional track circuit based signaling system, a method has to be devised as an alternative to using the track circuit for detection of broken rail. It is not desirable to retain some part of the track circuits for this detection as they are expensive to install and maintain, and thus contradicting the intent of reducing the replacement and operating cost of train control system by replacing the conventional signaling system with PTC.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program information: Train Control and Communication. Link to project report:


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $2000000
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Railroad Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Tse, Terry

  • Performing Organizations:

    Association of American Railroads

    P.O. Box 11130
    Pueblo, CO  United States  81001-
  • Start Date: 20091001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20101123

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01573566
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 25 2015 2:59PM