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Transnet Freight Rail stations


signalling-transnet-freight-railACTOM Signalling awarded second project for semi-automated yard control systems

ACTOM Signalling has been awarded a further contract to provide and install yard control systems for various Transnet Freight Rail stations around the country, following its earlier successful execution of contracts for semi-automated yard control systems.

The latest yard control contract is for a total of 13 yards.

“We view the award of this second project to us as affirmation of our success with the earlier project in developing a yard control system that is effective and efficient, along with our installation of the system at the various yards in a satisfactory manner and substantially on time,” commented Peter Colborne, ACTOM Signalling’s General Manager.

The new project, awarded in mid-August 2015 and scheduled for completion in December 2017, is for yard control systems for Kazerne, Natalspruit and Springs yards in Gauteng, Newcastle and Vryheid in Kwazulu-Natal, Witbank, Belfast, Nelspruit, Komatipoort and Oosbank in Mpumalanga, Phalaborwa and Thabazimbi in Limpopo and Rustenburg in North-West Province.

“The initial project was very challenging as it involved converting the conceptual design into a commercial system against tight time constraints. Having overcome those hurdles in the first phase, we expect things to run much more smoothly this time round,” Colborne stated.

The yard control system is a semi-automated system that replaces existing manually-operated mechanical systems in which the points sets have to be thrown by a yard operator on the tracks.

With the new system yard operators are provided with two alternatives for operating points sets, using either a trackside push-button or a local control panel (LCP) that, although a remote control system, is located in a line-of-sight position so that the operator can see the points or series of points he is controlling.

The earlier project, executed between mid-2012 and the end of last year, comprised five yard control contracts for a total of 10 stations in Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal, Western Cape, Northern  Cape and Eastern Cape.

ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is the largest manufacturer, solution provider, repairer and distributor of electro-mechanical equipment in Africa, offering a winning and balanced combination of manufacturing, service, repairs, projects and distribution through its 40 distribution outlets throughout Southern Africa.

ACTOM is also a major local supplier of electrical equipment, services and balance of plant to the renewable energy projects.

It also holds numerous technology, distribution and value added reseller agreements with various partners, both locally and internationally.

For further information contact Peter Colborne, ACTOM Signalling
PO Box 4583, Germiston South 1411
Tel (011) 871-6600 Fax (011) 871-6868
E-mail peter.colborne@actom.co.za

Press release compiled by Julian Kraft, J Kraft Public Relations
PO Box 2826 Wilropark 1731
Tel (011) 472-6686 Cell 082-894-9609
E-mail mwkraftj@mweb.co.za

Date:   November 30, 2015

Caption:  The basic elements of the yard control system: an axle-counter detection point (front), an indicator and a points machine.