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2012 - July - Terry - ETCS for Worldwide Train Control 2012 - July - Terry - ETCS for Worldwide Train Control

Nick Terry BA CEng MIET MIRSE RPEQ

Independent Consultant

This paper discusses the application of the European Train Control System (ETCS) now and into the future. From its beginnings in an EU Directive in 1989, it is today one of the world's most successful cab signalling and train protection systems that can be applied to any railway in the world.

Interoperability is a major feature of ETCS. To achieve this, compliant ETCS without modification must be deployed. The advantages and the limitations of making changes are discussed.

The application of new developments of Baseline 3 and ETCS level 3 are briefly considered.

Looking to the future, the addition of Automatic Train Operation to ETCS, and the confluence (or not) of ETCS and CBTC technologies is introduced.

But overall, because ETCS includes so many options and parameters, the success of a particular installation now depends heavily on the application engineering. This is explained in some detail.

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