Vortok Win Metro-North Train Fault Detection System Contract
Vortok International has won a substantial contract from Metro-North Railroad in New York relating to the installation of train fault detection systems. In total, Vortok will install Metro-North train fault detection system in three parts, pre-assembled into large equipment ‘houses’ and delivered to facilities in New York State (Ossining), Connecticut (Greens Farms) and Long Island NY (Belmont Park).
The works will include the development and furnishing of a new pre-wired house. The house will contain a four track hotbox detector (HBD), four track wheel impact load detector (WILD) and a four track automatic equipment identification (AEI) tag reader system. All systems will feed data back to the Operation Control Centre (OCC).
The systems will continuously monitor and measure the wheel/rail loads produced as a result of irregularities from the rolling stock wheels. They will also monitor passing trains for overheated bearings. Vortok is the principal contractor. The project is expected to be carried out over 507 days, with specific milestones. A key element of the technical proposal was the use of the unique Vortok MultiSensors, as against traditional strain gauges.