Latest facts and figures:
- London Overground Rail Operations are now live on GSM-R
- CA15 Goes live, this concludes South of the Severn-Wash GSM-R network
- Steam locomotives - Flying Scotsman and Olton Hall are now GSM-R ready
Our library of useful documents covers a number of subjects. It is updated regularly to help you keep up to speed with the GSM-R project.
NEW Training videos
Network Rail has produced a range of training videos for GSM-R users that show details on how to use the fixed terminal.
21 March 2012
Challenges for 2012
The countdown to the end-of-year deadline for Southern delivery of GSM-R has started, says Neil Ramsey, Deputy Leader of the National Rollout Group (NRG).
“With NRN frequencies due to be switched off in the South at the end of December, our sights are now firmly set on completing cab fitments in remaining NRN fleets south of the Wash,” he says. The cab mobile programme is on track towards achieving this objective with GSM-R kits fitted in just under half of these fleets to date and over 3,000 drivers trained.
Getting Yellow Plant GSM-R ready
With passenger train fitments and training progressing well, one of the primary objectives for 2012 is to get track engineering or ‘Yellow Plant’ fleets GSM-R ready. Network Rail is managing fitment of GSM-R cab radios to yellow plant used to maintain and renew Network Rail owned infrastructure. David Hurst is the GSM-R Project Manager for non-Network Rail Yellow Plant fitments, which he says present a particular challenge. “More than 100 yellow plant machines are operated by third parties and the majority of these are utilised south of the Wash so will require fitment by 31 December 2012,” he says. David Hurst and the project team are working to a tight timescale with Derby Engineering Unit to achieve design and fitments by the deadline, with the added complication of many different stakeholders and a wide variety of machine types. “It’s also imperative that the fitment programme doesn’t disrupt the vital work these vehicles do,” he says.
Freight operator fitments
In addition to Yellow Plant, bringing freight operator fitments up to speed is another high priority for the NRG team in 2012. Although designs are needed for many more vehicle variants in this sector compared with passenger fleets, collaboration on designs for class types used by more than one operator is helping to rationalise the process: find out more here.
Introducing Version 2.0 software
2012 also marks the introduction of Siemens Version 2 Software, which offers many enhancements for GSM-R users: read the full story on V2 rollout in this edition of GSMR Online.