27 February - 1 March, 2017 | Dockside Group, Sydney, Australia

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Facilitating Innovation While Maintaining Safety Across Australia's Rail Network

Ahead of Train Control Management Systems 2017 we chat to Simon Foster, Executive Director – Technical, at the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR), an independent body in charge of enforcing safe rail operations and promoting national rail safety. 

Simon shares how the ONRSR facilitates and supports innovation in rail operations all the while maintaining safety standards across Australia’s rail networks.

A look at Transport for NSW’s newly integrated ATP system and their Long-term Transport Master Plan

As Australian cities grow in both size and density, train throughput is becoming increasingly important to commuter and freight rail. To meet this increasing demand, the rail industry is moving away from traditional blindside signaling and paper-graph scheduling and towards automation and digitisation.

Ahead of Train Control Management Systems 2017 we chat with Pascal Labouze, Executive Director of Operational Systems in Infrastructure and Service at Transport for NSW who shares Transport for NSW’s long-term Rail Systems Strategy, which includes plans to increase train throughput by implementing the European Train Control system (ETCS-L2) and a look at how the newly integrated Automatic Train Protection system (ATP) is increasing passenger and operator safety.

Reports & Studies

7 Top Trends Revolutionising Train Control

Ahead of TCMS 2017, we have compiled 7 key trends impacting train control management, and through first-hand knowledge and expert advice, look at how the TCMS Summit can help you address them.

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London Underground Case Study: Steps to Effectively Rolling Out CBTC

In this presentation from Train Control Management Systems 2016, Mike Harvie, Head of Signal Engineering at London Underground explores:

  • Creating a plan and strategy for CBTC implementation
  • Defining key specifications and standards
  • Working effectively with suppliers and vendors to develop an effective system for your network
  • Managing the change from legacy systems
  • Addressing the larger transformation
  • Benchmarking and measuring progress

Leveraging Secure Digital Electronic Movement Authorities for Remote and Regional Rail Lines

In this presentation from Train Control Management Systems 2016, Graham Hjort, General Manager of Control Systems at 4Tel explores:

  • Why use secure, communications-based electronic authorities to manage train movements?
  • How does the technology work?
  • How is safety managed over public communications systems?
  • Where is it used and what were the benefits delivered?

Integrating Digital Information to Improve the Life of aTrain Controller and Increase Reliability

In this presentation from Train Control Management Systems 2016, Graeme Stickland, Rail Technology Manager at Brookfield Rail explores:

  • Digital Train Orders
  • Electronic day of operation and elimination of paper diagrams
  • Electronic rule books and eliminating old working timetable books
  • Desk design and layout
  • Alerts on train performance and loading
  • Automated train assessment and approval for axle load and load imbalance

Lessons Learnt and the Operational Impact of ETC Level 1 in Kiwi Rail

In this presentation from Train Control Management Systems 2016, James Clendon, Project Manager at Kiwi Rail explores:

  • Working with other departments to understand the full operational impact of ETCS
  • Reevaluating current restrictions and are they conducive to ETCS
  • Identifying the technology and staffing challenges

Developing Specifications and Defining Performance for the Unmanned Railway

In this presentation from Train Control Management Systems 2016, Robert Cooke Principal Manager- Control at Land Transport Authority explores:

  • Replacing the train operator, understanding the operator role.
  • Performance requirements for the unmanned railway
  • Pre-simulation of critical junctions during project development.
  • Railway system wide requirements, depots, communications, rolling stock, PSDs etc.
  • RAMs requirements and system architecture
  • Suppliers system specifications vs. authority’s system requirements
  • Interface issues
  • Operator training

Case Studies

How Sydney Metro Will Select and Implement Train Control Technology

Train control technology will have a crucial role in the design and implementation of Sydney’s new metro trains, especially for maintenance capability. Ahead of TCMS 2016, we spoke to Oliver Fried, Director Metro Product, Sydney Metro Program Office, who shared insight into how train control systems are being considered for design and deployment.

Positive Train Control – Taking Safety and Efficiency to the Next Level

At TCMS 2015, Tim McKay, Executive Vice president – Growth/Regional Development at Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), gave a keynote presentation on the developments of Positive Train Control (PTC) in the United States.
Designed to enhance safety and efficiency of American railways for both passenger and freight transportation, the implementation of PTC will involve a wireless network that will connect computers, trains and rail operations centres (ROCs).

How to Implement CBTC: LTA Singapore's Strategy

In this case study from Train Control Management Systems 2016, Robert Cooke Principal Manager- Control at Land Transport Authority explores Singapore’s Land Transport Authority's (LTA) planning, building and regulation of all land transport infrastructure across the country. The organisation anticipates the number of daily journeys to increase from 8.9 million to 14.3 million by 2020. This projected surge in commuting has prompted LTA to drive a series of capacity improvement and safety initiatives, particularly for rail transportation.

How to Effectively and Efficiently Automate Rail Operations Without Impacting Service

Ahead of Train Control Management Systems 2017 we chat to Carlos Esquiroz, Director of Engineering and Maintenance at Metro de Madrid in Spain. Metro de Madrid (MdM) is one of the fastest growing networks in the world, spanning 294 kilometers and over 300 stations. 

Carlos shares how MdM has successfully doubled the number of trains operating on certain lines and integrated a new CBTC system without causing any service disruption.   

National Media

High-capacity trains to be built in Victoria to help ease network strain

Dozens of new high-capacity trains will be built in Victoria, creating more than 1,000 jobs, the Andrews Government has announced.

The 65 new Metro trains will be built by the Evolution Rail consortium using 60 per cent local content, the Victorian Government said.

Apprentices, trainees, cadets and people from disadvantaged backgrounds will make up 15 per cent of the workforce.

Train guards in firing line from NSW's $2.3 billion intercity fleet renewal

The jobs of scores of train guards on NSW's intercity rail fleet are under threat from the purchase of new trains from South Korea that can be operated solely by drivers.

The proposal to shed guards highlights an increasing automation of the state's train network, a trend that will intensify when the first driverless metro trains begin running between Sydney's north-west and Chatswood in 2019.

How an IoT system is helping the trains Run On Time

An Australian technology minnow is turning heads here and around the world with one of the first examples of internet of things (IoT) technology that can improve train travel efficiency and safety.

The system, called the Pantograph Collision Detection System (PCDS), is designed to help network operators locate failures in overhead wiring systems rapidly and at lower cost that the current methods they use. As a result, it could also vastly minimise service delays.

MainStream Media

Alstom provides Australia’s first ETCS Level 2 signalling system in Sydney

Alstom has supplied, installed and tested Australia’s first ETCS Level 2 signalling in New South Wales as a pilot trial as part of the Automatic Train Protection Project for the State’s transport authority, Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW). The installation of both the on-board and trackside equipment covers 4 test trains and an area of 11 km between the suburbs of Arncliffe and Oatley, in the South of Sydney.