SilverLine: European Rail System to be used to regulate speed, halt at stops automatically

By P P Libeesh Kumar

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Kannur: Kerala Rail Development Corporation Ltd (K-Rail) KRDCL informed that the speed will be regulated by the trains in each section of the SilverLine high-speed rail line. The train will halt by itself upon approaching stops and open doors automatically. The train will move only after all doors are closed. This was announced through KRDCL’s official Facebook account.

The European Train Control System (ETCS), a part of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), is used to give signals and control speed. A train can start journey within five minutes of departure of another train. This can help in reducing the intervals between trains. During the first few days, the services will be conducted within an interval of 20 minutes on one direction.

The engine driver does not have to control the speed of the train once the start button is pushed. The train will move forward on its own by regulating speed around turns and slopes. The train can be halted using emergency stops.

The high-speed and semi-speed trains will travel 50-100m/s.

It is not possible for the engine driver to regulate the speed of trains travelling at a speed of more than 160km\hr by constantly checking the signals along the side. So, Cab signalling systems that show signals within the train will be used.

These systems will provide the information including the destination, speed and distance left to cover to the engine driver.

The Absolute block signalling system is being employed. Only one train will be allowed to pass between two stations at a time. The train can start only after the other train reaches the next stop. This way the railway track capacity is not crossed.

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