The performance and control requirements of a REPOINT track switch

N. Wright, S. Bemment, C. Ward, R. Dixon, R. M. Goodall

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This paper concerns the high-level mechanical, electrical, and control requirements for the proposed novel design of a railway track switch. The track switch is being designed as part of the Repoint project, with the aim of investigating methods of increasing railway capacity and improving network delay performance through the application of technologies common to other industries. The basic mechanical design of the novel switch is discussed. The mechanical considerations are discussed in the context of the electrical and control system requirements, which are then investigated and justified. For the electrical and control design, the requirements focus on the functional performance, sustainability, fault tolerance and fault diagnostics. The requirements presented in this paper are being used to inform the design of a laboratory scale technology demonstrator, which will be completed by August 2014.

Original languageEnglish
Article number215
JournalCivil-Comp Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
EventThe Second International Conference on Railway Technology: Research, Development and Maintenance - Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Duration: 8 Apr 201411 Apr 2014


  • Capacity
  • Fault tolerance
  • Redundancy
  • Reliability
  • System requirements
  • Track switch
  • Train control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Artificial Intelligence


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