Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Indiana Harbor Belt employs RailComm remote control derail

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RailComm says its wireless remote control derail system at Hammond, Ind.-based Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad’s RIP track facility is fully functional. A customized Local Control Panel, located within the shop, provides wireless remote control to the derails. The panel includes a keypad for advanced security and logging.

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The user is required to input a unique passcode (PIN #) to operate the derail machines. All control panel operations are recorded and stored on a wirelessly linked PC workstation.

The data entries contain the name  and trade of the operator, the nature of the operation, and the date and time. Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm says the workstation allows supervisors, managers, and other authorized personnel to review the operation logs and manage the system security.