The installation of two end a half million sounds worth of radar automation equipment at Temple Mills shunting vard, Stratford, UK, was filmed by Visnews recently.
LTV Truck being radar shunted.
SV SOF...Controller in tower...."B.1 empty road".........
CU Controller uses panel.
SV TOWARDS...SOF...Wagon passes through track-side braking control.
SV PAN..SOF.....Wagon in front of control tower is shunted into a different siding.
SV SOF...Controller in tower......"Last wagon dropping, end of train, pilots will now push down"....pan down sidings. SOF ENDS.......
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Background: The installation of two end a half million sounds worth of radar automation equipment at Temple Mills shunting vard, Stratford, UK, was filmed by Visnews recently.
This shunting system - unique in Britain cuts handling staff by nearly 50% - 235 to 142. Temple Mills has become one fast moving shunting yard from fifteen smaller units.
As trucks are shunted over a man-made hump, a radar unit, its nerve centre in a 35 feet high tower, weights each wagon, assesses its speed and slows it accordingly so that each one reaches its destination at the correct speed, or stops, as required.
The annual saving will amount to about GBP250,000 when the yard is working at capacity - 4,500 wagons a day. At present 3,000 wagons are checked by the radar system.
This system was inspired by a similar radar beam-control retarding device in the USA. British Railways now claim Temple Mills the most modern marshalling yard in Europe.
But....wagon destinations must still be chalked on the wagons by hand...!