The UK-facing branch of Deutsche Bahn, DB ESG Rail, will soon be working with its technical arm, DB Systemtechnik, to begin trialling a track monitoring system with Network Rail.
It will be the first time that Deutsche Bahn’s CTM2.0 continuous track monitoring system will be used on a passenger service train in the UK.
As part of the trial, it will be installed on a Mark 3 driving van trailer, operated in normal service by Chiltern Railways, on the Birmingham to London Marylebone mainline. It will allow Network Rail to assess the suitability of the system in helping reduce the number of impact and service-affecting failures. This includes predicting the future condition to enable maintenance before any issues arise.
Deutsche Bahn’s Systemtechnik arm will provide the equipment. It will be monitored remotely to assess track condition and possible upcoming problems.
The CTM2.0 equipment, consisting of external vehicle mounted sensors and an antenna, is connected to an equipment enclosure inside the vehicle.
The sensors measure the longitudinal level, track twist, dynamic alignment, ride comfort, cyclic top, speed and the vehicle’s motion response. The antenna transmits data to a land-based computer platform, which receives, stores, processes and reports on the data.
The company says their work is part of Network Rail’s initiative to look into different train-borne track measurement and monitoring methodologies – adding there are eight supplier solutions across 12 system trials.
Nick Goodhand, managing director, DB ESG said: “We are looking forward to continuing our working relationship with our important customer, Network Rail.
“DB’s global expertise, coupled with its UK rolling stock knowledge will support Network Rail in their aim to achieve more proactive maintenance planning.”
On this project specifically, DB ESG is responsible for the vehicle design modifications required, all necessary approvals, material supply, installation of the CTM equipment, and testing and commissioning of the system.
Christoph Kirschinger, managing director, sales, DB Systemtechnik, added: “Our proven, cost effective solution allows the early detection of issues before they disrupt the network.
“The quality of operations is therefore improved, by decreasing service disruptions and speed restrictions.
“This system has been in operation now for over seven years and is currently actively monitoring more than 3,000km of track.”