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TRAIN
PERFORMANCE

A rail operation is only as efficient as the trains that run on it. With ever increasing traffic, it is imperative that Train Performance is optimized to maximize train lengths and tonnages, improve train handing of complex trains, and reduce fuel usage.

GE Transportation’s Train Performance solutions provide proven control and communication systems that can optimize the distribution of power and braking control and provide train automation with intelligent cruise control, resulting in increased hauling capacity and improved fuel efficiency.

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DID YOU KNOW?
Over 17,000 LOCOTROL® Distributed Power Systems and over 8,000 Trip Optimizer units are currently in operation around the world.
KEY OUTCOMES
  • Increased hauling capacity, throughput through longer and heavier trains

  • Reduced train stopping times by 22% and train stoping distances by 30%

  • Reduced in-train forces and train separations

  • Sustained fuel savings of 3-17% (average ~10%) and emissions reduction

  • Increased automation and consistent train handling

Train Performance

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LOCOTROL® DISTRIBUTED
POWER SYSTEM //DP//

LOCOTROL® Distributed Power System is a proven control and communication system that enables coordinated braking and traction power distribution between lead and remote locomotives — for quicker brake applications and releases.

The result? Increased hauling capacity and throughput. Better rail adhesion. Improved fuel efficiency. Faster stopping times and shorter stopping distances. And reduced operating costs.

DID YOU KNOW?
The LOCOTROL® System has 50 years of operating experience with 17,000 units running across 17 countries, on 6 continents, on 8 unique OEM locomotive types.
LOCOTROL Distributed Power System
Operator is located in the lead locomotive; in the lead consist of locomotives
Allows a single operator to control multiple sets of locomotives in the same train
Operator’s commands are sent to remote locomotives via a secure wireless communication link
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LOCOTROL® EXPANDED
ARCHITECTURE //XA//

LOCOTROL® eXpanded Architecture is the next generation, ethernet-based LOCOTROL® system designed to reduce communication loss on Distributed Power equipped trains. LOCOTROL® XA also provides many advanced features — Over the Air application, Digital Communication application, and Situational Awareness application — that result in increased efficiency and productivity.

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OPERATIONS CENTER
OPERATOR
LOCOTROL eXpanded Architecture

Enhances Situational Awareness, providing operator and operations center with more information about DP trains

Digital Communication application can utilize ITCM (PTC) network — 220 MHz, cell, & WIFI — to improve DP communication and mission success

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TRIP
OPTIMIZER

Trip Optimizer is a smart cruise control system for trains that saves fuel and improves train handling. Train and driver variations result in less than optimal fuel use and trip time variations. Trip Optimizer reduces trip variation by automating train operation, taking into account terrain, train make-up, and other trip related data to compute the optimal speeds and control the train’s travel plan.

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DID YOU KNOW?
Trip Optimizer is in service on 15 railroads and more than 8,000 locomotives, saving ~900,000 gallons of fuel per week.