Roll with it

As part of an important trial being sponsored and supported by Network Rail and Great Western Railway, (GWR) Thales has installed its Robust Train Positioning System (RTPS) – or ‘rolling lab’ – onto the UK railway network in order to provide critical data that will increase safety and efficiency


The RTPS can be found onboard an in-service GWR Class 150 cab, where it will gather at least one year’s worth of data.

Alex Stockill, Thales Product Line Manager, said: “We are connecting this equipment to a general-purpose computer platform onboard, which will provide a range of potential benefits. It’s giving us a rolling lab for testing integration with Train Protection and Warning System technology, as well as many other opportunities for innovation.

“Particularly usefully for this initial train is that we will be able to continuously generate and analyze data as it runs in passenger services, so it lets us test ideas at a low cost and high speed. It gives us a much quicker way of responding to customer needs and demonstrating solutions.”