EKE has supplied 65 High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT) with EKE’s Train Control and Management System (TCMS). A TCMS provides a single point of monitoring and control of the train’s functions. HCMT’s TCMS collects data from systems and sub-systems located within the train and provides a means of communication between different sub-systems. HCMT’s TCMS communication is based on a fully redundant Ethernet-based Train Communication Network (TCN) solution provided by EKE.
Opening a train’s passenger door, that is not next to the station’s platform, may cause a safety risk. To mitigate this risk, EKE has provided a Selective Door Control (SDC) system as a part of the HCMT TCMS delivery. EKE’s SDC determines the position of each passenger door on the platform and will not enable the passenger to operate a door that is not safely within the platform range. The SDC system uses the position of the train, TCMS data and station-specific data in determining which doors are safe to open.
EKE’s TCMS solution also provides a comprehensive Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) streaming functionality from HCMT trains. The cameras are connected to the operator’s control centre, where the camera view of the desired wagon can be selected in real time.
CUSTOMER – CRRC Changchun Australia Rail
LOCATION – Melbourne, Australia
SOLUTIONS – Train Control and Management Systems including Ethernet based Train Communication Networks, Event Recorders with Rugged Memory, 12.1” Touch screens for User Interface and Selective Door Control
High Capacity Signalling
High Capacity Signalling (HCS) is an implementation of Communications Based Train Control (CBTC), and its use is expected to enable a 20 per cent increase in passenger capacity and will play a part in creating space for more than half a million extra passengers per week on the rail network once the Metro Tunnel is operational in 2025. HCS relies on centralized train control, which is handled by the operator’s control centres located along the Metro Tunnel track. EKE’s TCMS interfaces with the HCS system installed on the train, which enables the communication between the centralized control centres and the HCMT trains.
High capacity signalling, a key component of the Metro Tunnel Project, allows trains to automatically adjust their speed to maintain a safe distance from the train in front. It is the first time this technology will be installed on an existing network in Australia, so extensive testing is taking place ahead of the Metro Tunnel’s opening in 2025.
HCMT trains will use high capacity signalling when travelling through the Metro Tunnel and parts of the Sunbury and Cranbourne/Pakenham lines, and can travel using conventional signalling on parts of the lines, where HCS wayside equipment is not installed.