Road-rail track maintenance vehicles being adapted from ERF road vehicles by Harsco Track Technologies for British infrastructure maintenance companies are now being fitted with control equipment supplied by Siemens Automation & Drives. The range includes Simatic S7-200 programmable logic controllers, Simatic HMI TP27 BERO inductive sensors, and 3SB1 push buttons.

Ultrasonic rail testing has been simplified with the introduction of a new portable detector by Buehler Krautkramer. Weighing just 1·6 kg including batteries, the briefcase-sized USM25 has a 96 mm wide high-contrast LCD screen with a 60 Hz refresh rate. Two independent bar gates provide A-scan echo comparison of stored and active signals.

GFI Genfare has selected banknote validation technology from Toronto-based CashCode Company Inc for its latest range of PERC fare collection equipment. The customised modular validators use a roller-based beltless transport system to reduce the need for annual maintenance.

Lighting specialist BMAC has introduced a range of high-intensity-discharge headlights suitable for fitting to trains running up to 300 km/h. The HID lamps have been approved to Railtrack Group Standard GM/RT2180. With no bulb filament, HID lamps are expected to have a significantly longer life than conventional headlights. BMAC is also supplying a range of LED-based marker and tail lights for rolling stock applications.

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