Lecture: ‘Signalling for High Capacity’…..

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Date(s) - 25/11/2021
7:15 pm - 8:45 pm

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Signalling for High Capacity

A Lecture by Bruce MacDougall

The association has for many years had close links with the Keighley Association of Engineers and one of their members Bruce MacDougall, a ‘Railway Signal Engineer’ is joining us this evening at the New Venue in Morley (click the link to see a post with full details) to talk on signalling on railway networks. Join us this evening to hear of Bruce’s vast experience in this field.

Here is Bruce’s synopsis…

Signalling for High Capacity

“There has been a lot of talk about smart digital systems that can increase the capacity of existing railways, including the Trans-Pennine corridor. This talk will take you on a swift tour from “coloured lights on poles” to the latest Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) systems to show how successive developments have enabled increased capacity and where the much-vaunted European Train Control System for main lines fits. You will also see how capacity depends on many other parts of the railway as a system and that even the most high-tech signalling can never be the “magic bullet” it is sometimes portrayed to be. Emperor’s New Clothes risk is high. Introducing such systems onto working railways is a particular challenge and you will see some illustrations from the author’s recent experience (pre-covid) with the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (MTR) where the East Rail
Line, now converted to CBTC, serves 1.5 million passenger journeys per day and the MTR system as a whole well over 5 million for a population of 7.5 million. As well as lots of diagrams there will be pictures of real kit at rest and during running tests.”

As has been the custom we will retire to a local hostelry for refreshments and to enjoy further socialising. We look forward to seeing you in Morley !

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