Australia: ARTC to Rollout Solar-Powered Signalling for Inland Rail Corridor

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has approved the use of solar-powered signalling systems across its Inland Rail corridor between Albury, NSW and Gowrie, Queensland.

Following a successful trial of the solar signalling system at Coolleearlee, NSW, ARTC has confirmed that this design will now also be used at the remaining 82 Inland Rail signalling sites.

Solar Powered Signalling
Solar-powered signalling unit trial, which is being rolled out at a further 82 sites across Queensland and NSW
Matt Brown, Inland Rail Project Manager Communication and Wayside Monitoring, said:

“Delivering power to rural signalling systems can be a real challenge so the successful completion of this solar powered system in Coolleearlee is a great outcome.”

ARTC’s use of solar-powered signalling systems will eliminate the need to use the local power infrastructure or acquire easements from local landholders to construct trenches and transmit power to the rail corridor.

The installation also includes a battery that provides ten days of back-up operation and ensures the system can run day and night.

ARTC Inland Rail Acting Chief Executive Rebecca Pickering said:

“ARTC Inland Rail is committed to working in partnership with our stakeholders, private sector suppliers, and communities to deliver long-term value, while keeping sustainability at the forefront of everything we do.

“Using solar power rather than mains power for the signalling system will deliver an environmentally friendly and sustainable solution to reliably power the signalling system. Reducing the impact to local communities, the environment and the cost of Inland Rail.”

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