Tuesday, April 16, 2019

As Technology Develops Simulators are Flavour of the Month in Logistics Scenarios

Derailed Locomotive Provides Base for Latest New Training Aids
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UK – Wherever we look in the logistics industry, when staff are required to operate machinery of any type, simulators are springing up all over. At sea, in the air and also, on the rails as freight train drivers learn and polish their craft in safe situations, learning to deal with almost any eventuality they might encounter on the tracks.

Latest to invest is GB Railfreight (GBRf) which has confirmed that it is setting up two new state of the art simulators, which will form part of their new training school at Peterborough. In a recycling classic the new simulators are being built with the recycled remains of locomotive no. 66734, which was involved in a landslip derailment at Loch Treig back in 2012.

Now in the final months of construction, the simulators are being fitted out in France at Corys, having been subject to a full refurbishment by EMD Longport in 2018 with completion due in June. At a total cost of £850,000, they will be the UK’s first and only full cab freight European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) capable simulators.

The units will be used by new and existing drivers for basic training, advanced training as part of the Driver rules exam, Mentor and Instructor training and post incident reconstruction. They will initially cover the journey from Kings Cross to Peterborough, and are designed with a route building tool which will enable the addition of all other GBRf routes going forward. John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight, commented:

“GB Railfreight has always been committed to training, both internally and externally. We are training the railway employees of the future. The GBRf training team is currently overseeing the establishment of a new training school at Peterborough, which will provide a state-of-the-art learning environment for all trainees, including 3 high tech classrooms and the new simulators. When finished, these simulators will enable us to provide cutting edge training not only to GBRf staff, but the wider rail industry. We are hugely excited for their completion.”

Photo: A simulator in action.