Technical Reports

PTC Test Bed Upgrades to Provide ACSES Testing Support Capabilities at Transportation Technology Center

  • 12
  • Jun
  • 2015
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
SUBJECT: Positive Train Control
KEYWORDS: Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System (ACSES); Positive Train Control (PTC); Positive Train Stops (PTS); Permanent Speed Restriction (PSR); Temporary Speed Restriction (TSR); ACSES; PTC; PTS; PSR; TSR
ABSTRACT: FRA Task Order 314 upgraded the Positive Train Control (PTC) Test Bed at the Transportation Technology Center to support testing of PTC systems, components, and related equipment associated with the Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System (ACSES) in a revenue service environment. Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) purchased and installed the necessary components, which included a combination of wayside, onboard, and back office server equipment. A final test of the ACSES II system, which accurately represented ACSES installation in revenue service, was successful and the objective of the task order was accomplished. In the future, FRA’s Task Order 331 will allow for additional transponders to be placed within the PTC Test Bed and programmed for different track speeds, Positive Train Stops, and Permanent Speed Restrictions. Also, within TO 331, TTCI will be able to adjust and reprogram the ACSES equipment to reflect changes to desired testing scenarios and track layout.
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