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Project title

Feasibility study for Robust Automated Servicing of Passenger Train Fluids (RASPT-F) (COF-RAS-01)

  • Project number:

    COF-RAS-01
  • Topic:

    Rolling Stock
  • Status:

    Completed

Project Summary

This project investigated the feasibility of developing an autonomous track-side system for completing ‘fluid’ service tasks on passenger trains e.g. topping up diesel, coolant, engine oil, windscreen wash, grey water, potable water and wheel sand; and emptying effluent.

Project Abstract

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The projected increase in rail traffic by between 52% and 90% over the next 30 years will be addressed by an increase of passenger fleet from 12,775 to an upper limit of just over 25,000 trains.  This presents an obvious and considerable challenge for the current rail network infrastructure to perform basic and regular ‘fluid’ servicing tasks such as topping up diesel fuel, coolant, engine oil, windscreen wash, grey water, potable water and wheel sand; and emptying effluent. Currently, these tasks typically require a train to visit a depot every 2 to 3 days. At this high level of growth and despite improvements in fleet utilisation efficiency, current manual-based servicing will not continue to deliver the required service levels without major investment in new depots, which will be expensive and difficult to locate near to the point of need in congested commuter areas.

This project investigated the technological feasibility of developing a fully autonomous track-side system for completing the various externally-accessible ‘fluid’ service tasks on passenger train fleet. Autonomous and robotic systems for servicing tasks are less common place than those used for laborious high-volume manufacturing tasks.

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