G&W first awarded a contract to Railhead in 2021 for the installation of video systems on 54 locomotives across six locations. Railhead reported equipping an additional 87 locomotives in 2022 and another 65 at the beginning of 2023. The latest order, it said, will be installed on 62 locomotives across 14 G&W subsidiary railroads.
Railhead described each video kit as including “the forward-facing, dual-vision camera, the newest LDVR4K-12 DVR and an IK-10, IP69-rated exterior wedge camera capturing views from the back of the locomotive.” Each G&W locomotive is also outfitted with an exterior microphone to capture and record the sound of the horn and bell along with the video, according to the manufacturer, an exhibitor at Railway Interchange 2023, which is being held Oct. 1-Oct. 4 in Indianapolis.
For any G&W railroad operating in Canada, Railhead said it modified the video systems with “an additional 360-degree camera and dome camera in the locomotive cab and a Crash-Hardened Memory device” to meet Transport Canada requirements. It also reported completing “an additional firmware release for the LDVR4K-12 DVR to make some of the Transport Canada administrative requirements easier for G&W to manage.”
Railhead also supplies digital video recorders, cameras, management software, GPS tracking, and remote monitoring and system integration, and is the manufacturer and distributor of locomotive LED headlights and LED safety warning lights and equipment.