What was the issue?
Concern regarding the level of competition in the End of Train (EOT) market for Electronically Controlled Pneumatic (ECP) trains. With the uptake of ECP steadily increasing in Australia and abroad there was desire to evaluate the feasibility of an Australian manufacturer designing and building an EOT device for the ECP market.
What was done?
- Literature review of known products and patents.
- Feasibility study for construction of an alternative EOT for the global market.
What was found?
With the Australian standards, requiring either an End of Train Marker (EOTM) or radio EOT there is no mandatory requirement to use a radio EOT. Add to this the selection of two-way EOTs available from global suppliers and there is no feasibility in engaging a manufacturer to build an alternative radio EOT.
Further research has followed on from this initial investigation. The End of Train Devices research project aims to formalise the requirements for an alternative EOT device to be manufactured for the ECP market and demonstrate them. This project is due to be completed in 2018.