The classification yard was enhanced with Clearance Track Circuit technology as part of an ongoing project.
Not to be confused with centralized traffic control, the equipment will help prevent derailments, damage and potential safety exposures caused by cornering in the classification yard.
Cornering occurs when cars collide side to side on diverging tracks. In a classification yard, where many tracks diverge from a switch, ensuring that traffic is precisely controlled is crucial. The new equipment does this by sensing the movement of a car on a classification track. This allows the system to block traffic on adjacent tracks.
CTC installation is complete on the east half of the classification yard and the equipment is in use. The job required extensive re-cabling to allow for the new components. That process is about to be repeated for the west half of the classification yard. With troubleshooting for the new system complete, implementation on the west end will be seamless.
What are some of your keys to success?
“Cooperation and teamwork keep us safe and productive.”
- Signal Maintainer Clint Jonas
How do you avoid slips, trips and falls?
“Watch your footing and be aware of your surroundings.”
- Signal Maintainer Michael Murphy
What are the keys to team building?
“Communication is key. I also think feedback from employees, both positive and negative, helps keep a great team.”
- Signal and Communication Supervisor Mike Lill
What’s your safety philosophy?
“You have to leave personal differences at the gate. Lives are on the line, so you can’t treat anyone differently or let emotions get in the way.”
- Hump Signal Foreman Jeff Jane
How do you deal with winter weather?
“Dress warmly and wear overboots with spikes.”
- Signal Maintainer Mark Todd