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Incremental Train Control System

When adding positive train control (PTC) to your passenger operation, there is really only one choice. Dont start from scratch. Dont begin a new approval cycle which adds risk, cost and time to implementation. Go to the proven, deployed leaders in protecting passengers with PTC the Incremental Train Control System (ITCS) from GE Transportation. This system is currently in revenue service for Amtrak* in Michigan and Chinas QTR Railways and is in development for Caltrain in California and FMG in Australia. ITCS from GE Transportation offers: Millions of safe, reliable hours FRA-approved system 110 mph operation with high-speed wireless crossing activation Communications available in any frequency band

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ITCS components
ITCS can replace or augment existing wayside signaling to communicate train movement authority. In dark territory or new line construction, ITCS can operate as the sole method of operation, with no need for direct traffic control (DTC) or wayside signaling. This vital functionality can result in increased speeds, capacity and safety benefits as well as lower lifecycle cost. ITCS consists of three main components communication network, wayside component and onboard component. Communication network The communication network used in ITCS can be adapted for any frequency or local radio supplier. The implementation in Michigan utilizes 220 Mhz radios and the installation in China uses a GSM-R cellular network. Caltrain will be using the PTC 220 Mhz radio. Typically, any radio network with at least 4,800 bps capacity can be used to talk to trains for the operational data. High bandwidth radio networks such as WiFi or 900 Mhz radios are often specified in the yard areas where data loading is increased. To learn more, Wayside component visit The wayside component of ITCS communicates the status of the railroad (switches, signals and track circuits) to the trains. As an overlay on existing signaling, it reports in conventionally. In territories with virtual signaling, ITCS determines all the aspects vitally then reports them. Status is monitored or controlled vitally using the Vital Harmon Logic Controller (VHLC), an interlocking controller from GE Transportation that has logged millions of hours of reliable, safe service. Onboard component The onboard computer used in ITCS is UltraCab II, a vital platform, with millions of reliable, safe hours deployed worldwide. It performs speed control and location determination and displays applicable speed limits to the driver. It uses a vital location determination system, based either on balises or GPS, to locate the train and an onboard database to determine the relative location of all features of the railroad such as signals, switches and crossings. ITCS and existing cab signaling can use the same onboard platform, seamlessly transferring between territories.

ITCS uses existing signals or creates virtual signals to operate any territory just as though it is centralized traffic control (CTC).

*Amtrak is a trademark of the National Railroad Passenger Corpora-

tion. QTR Railways is a trademark of Qinghai Tibet Railway Company. Caltran is a trademark of San Mateo County Transit District. FMG is a trademark of Fortescue Metals Group.

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