Field equipment along the tracks ensures the safe movement of trains as well as staff and public protection.
Axle counters, track circuits, point (switch) machines, check points, light signals, level crossings, and others are elements that reinforce the safe movement of trains. Thales axle counters provide vital train detection for a variety of applications. Special information handling techniques, performed by a remotely located vital detection unit, ensure that the wheel detection function is executed in the proper manner. Crossing systems can be effectively deployed to protect the public from trains at any speed.
Axle counters provide a cost effective solution, improving availability and reliability of track vacancy systems, hence guaranteeing seamless operation of the railway asset. LED signals can significantly reduce the life cycle costs of your signals. Electro-hydraulic point (switch) machines can be integrated into the sleeper to reduce maintenance and installation costs.
Ensuring train movement safety and staff and public protection Field equipment along the tracks ensures the safe movement of trains by means of visual indications, train detection devices for automatic track occupancy monitoring, and point machines for safely securing the routes. Level Crossing systems can be effectively deployed to protect the public from trains at any speed.
Improving vital train presence detection
FieldTrac axle counters provide vital train presence detection for a variety of applications. Special information handling techniques, performed by a remotely located vital interrogation unit, ensure that the wheel detection function is executed in the proper manner.
Axle Counter System Az LM
The Axle Counter System Az LM (FieldTrac 6315) consists of a 2-out-of-2 or 2-out-of-3 multiple section axle counter evaluator (ACE) and corresponding field proven detection points Zp30H and Zp30K. The comprehensive multi-section axle counter solution in Thales’ portfolio is capable of managing almost any train detection application, regardless of the railway segment and complexity. An ACE can simultaneously evaluate up to 32 detection points per ACE and monitor up to 32 sections and the system is fully scalable.
Optimal safety for each type of railway
Versatile for every signalling system architecture
Availability scalable to every need (2oo2; 2oo3; indoor&outdoor redundancy)
Best in-class life-cycle cost
Vital SIL4 2oo2 or 2oo3 central Axle Counter Evaluator (ACE)
32 detection points per ACE
IP interface to neighbouring ACE
16 additional detection points from neighbouring ACE
Classical copper or IP interface to the detection points Zp30H and Zp30K
Train speed up to 380 km/h (optional 440km/h)
Relay interface or IP interface to the control system
The Az LS (FieldTrac 6316) axle counter system couples low investment with highest reliability and SIL4 safety. Az LS consists only of trackside equipment; simplifying track modernization and keeping infrastructure costs at a minimum.
It utilizes Thales’ high performance axle counter technology, which has proven itself in many main line and urban rail applications around the globe.
Az LS consists only of trackside equipment. All electronics comes ready with an outdoor housing. No indoor electronics. This compact yet simple system guarantees railway operators SIL4 fail-safe automatic track occupancy detection directly at the trackside. Track clear/occupied information is transmitted to the interlocking/block equipment at each end of a section. The monitoring of the section occurs reliably independent of section length or ballast and shunt conditions.
Especially designed for small applications, track upgrades and easy transition from track circuits to axle counter systems; unmistakable and simple configuration.
suitable for main line, urban rail and mixed gauge tracks
guarantees stable long-term performance of the railway infrstructre assets
Thales CheckPoint is the world’s first solution to automate manual train condition supervision – providing at least the same level of safety as direct visual observation – and therefore contributing to the reduction of operational costs. The CheckPoint sensors can perform a wide variety of operations including measuring wheel and axle loads, measuring wagon load distribution, as well as detecting derailed wagons, blocked brakes, displaced loads, flat spots and hot boxes. CheckPoint’s gauge monitoring system pays particular attention to extended antennas on cars or trucks being transported on wagons.
The CheckPoint sensor system is modular, so it can be specially designed and configured for particular sites and operating conditions. The modular design also means that CheckPoint can easily be extended to include new functions.
CheckPoint sensors are designed to deliver accurate results at speeds up to 250 km/h under severe operating and environmental conditions. In addition to automating the monitoring process, a key CheckPoint advantage is its ability to detect deviations from predefined values with greater accuracy than possible with the human eye.
FieldTrac 6342 L710H is an electro-hydraulic point machine with internal lock. The design is based on the successful model FieldTrac 6341 L700H adapted to include internal locking. The machine can be supplied as a trailable or non-trailable version and is especially suitable for application in severe environmental conditions such as snow, ice, etc. FieldTrac 6342 L710H is designed for right- and left-hand layouts.
Adjustable throwing force
Adjustable retaining force
Suitable for right-hand and left-hand layout without changes to the machine
Point Machine L826H
FieldTrac 6343 L826H is a new-generation electro-hydraulic point machine with variable stroke, which can also be integrated into the sleeper. Its design enables a major part of the point to be pre-assembled at the production plant. This, in turn, leads to decreased installation time, reduced maintenance costs and increased availability.
Adjustable throwing force
Throwing time is independent of the stroke
Adjustable retaining force
Adjustable retaining force
Suitable for left- or right-hand layouts
Automatic Warning System SCWS
FieldTrac 6392 SCWS is a fix installed automatic warning system connected to an interlocking. The product family FieldTrac 6392 SCWS was developed in cooperation between Thales Austria and the German company Zöllner. The system is based on a modular concept combining the Thales-designed warning centre with Zöllner designed autonomous warning devices.
At the moment the system is being extended by realizing an interface to RBC (Radio Block Center) for lines equipped with ETCS Level 2, which optimizes the accurately prediction when the train arrives at the construction site. Warnings are sent to mobile warning devices via GSM-R/ GPRS.
Highest operation availability of the infrastructure while maintaining safe operations
Reduces cost and duration of railway construction while providing maximum safety for construction crews
Provides a universal warning system for all types of applications
Achieves Safety Integrity Level SIL 4
Connecting and warning via GSM-R/GPRS
Allows multiple work zones to be protected simultaneously
The Thales RaiLED FieldTrac 6366 signal lamps use 6-9 High-Flux LEDs, which have been proven extremely reliable in traffic signals, as their light source. The central arrangement of the LEDs and the optical design simulates a central light
source. The RaiLED’s modular design enables it to be provided in a variety of sizes.
Significant reduction in Life-Cycle costs
Extremely high availability and reliability, SIL4
Can be used on all types of interlocking systems
15 years service life
Optical appearance of a filament lamp
Can replace existing signal lamps without impacting the interlocking system