At the Railway Interchange exhibition in Minneapolis, Unipart Rail North America, with McCulloch Rail and Modern Railway Systems exhibited a range of innovative solutions to help customers improve performance and benefit from reductions in operational costs and risk.
In the RSSI hall, innovation in safety was demonstrated through Unipart Rail’s Track Circuit Assistor (TCA) which received huge interest as a potential solution to track circuit shunting problems from railroad operators in the USA. TCA not only improves safety and reliability of train detection, but also reduces the likelihood of costs associated with delays caused by non-shunting of circuits and is a proven solution in our home UK market, Ireland and Australia.
Modern Railway Systems demonstrated innovation in life cycle cost and safety through Unipart Dorman's LED Wayside Signals and the first showing in North America of the Assisted Lift Trunnion (ALT) – a spring assisted signal mast which reduces installation time and cost, whilst eliminating the dangers of working at height, both products received great interest from the show visitors. The Unipart Dorman Classic Colour Light Signal was also displayed on the AMG booth exhibiting the signal structures that are being used on the Toronto Union Station (USRC) project.
The expansion of ALT range to include the Heavy Duty Assisted Lift Trunnion (HDALT) is progressing well, London North Eastern (LNE) have sponsored the development and product acceptance in the UK and have already identified sites for two installations. Wessex route have also designed several HDALTs into the programme for when the approval is granted. The HDALT is already receiving enquiries from international markets as well as the UK.
In the REMSA hall, Unipart Rail and McCulloch Rail demonstrated the Trac Rail Transposer (TRT) and showed how track handling just became a lot safer and easier. TRT has set the benchmark for efficient and safe track handling in the UK sector and the amount of interest the range of track handling machines received at the show was outstanding.