6. Operating modern signalling systems

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What’s an example of a modern train signalling system?

Modern train signalling systems have undergone a digital transformation. Inland Rail uses a cutting-edge system called ATMS (Advanced Train Management System), which uses GPS and mobile technology to monitor trains in real-time. It’s simpler, easier, and more efficient for train drivers, maintenance workers, and for you, the signaller. Check out the video on ATMS below:

Now have a watch of the next video, paying close attention to the role of the network control centre! As you can see, the signal operator is one part of a much larger, coordinated system. 

Activity 1:
Based on the information so far, create a mind map or flowchart that shows how the Systems And Signals Operator in the Network Control Centre interacts with:
a) the train driver
b) the signalling system itself
c) any other points or persons you can think of

You can use a word document or free digital platform such as Canva, which provides some nifty templates, or just a good old fashioned piece of paper and pen. This will help you picture how your role fits into the broader scheme of railway operations (feel free to do a bit of Googling if that helps!).