Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm said Thursday it has been contracted by HNTB and Kiewit-Western to provide the design and materials for an expansive Yard Automation System for Amtrak’s Chicago Union Station.
RailComm will design its system to meet the challenging requirements present within the existing rail infrastructure, which includes tight clearances. The automation system will be commanded by RailComm’s DOC® (Domain Operations Controller) server-based central control platform. The system operator will be in control of more than 100 GETS Hydra-Switches, plus dozens of power derail devices, blue flag indicators, switch heater locations, and two diesel generators.
Additionally, the system will utilize RailComm’s RADiANT™ data radios to communicate between the office system and the network ofcontrolled devices. Amtrak personnel will operate the automation system from two tower locations, and the system is planned to be operational before year-end.