ARTC’s Advanced Train Management System enters exciting new phase

Port Augusta to Whaylla. ATMS system for ARTC. Pic JKTP /

ARTC’s Advanced Train Management System (ATMS) is moving into an exciting phase.

Building on its first successful deployment on the Port Augusta to Whyalla line, ARTC is currently working through the next phase of ATMS between Port Augusta and Kalgoorlie, and from Illabo through to Bromelton and Acacia Ridge as part of Inland Rail.

On his recent visit to ARTC to see the ATMS in action, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack praised the cutting-edge system and the opportunity to reduce the number of train control rules across the national rail freight network from 18 to one, representing a significant step towards skills interoperability for train drivers and network controllers.

“ATMS is recognised by Infrastructure Australia as a priority initiative that benefits the entire freight and logistics industry and is supported by Australia’s nine major freight rail businesses. Implementing ATMS will improve rail safety, productivity and service quality,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“The freight rail industry has an outstanding safety record in Australia. ATMS will strengthen and deliver high standards of safety and will further reduce the risk of train-to-train and overspeed accidents.

“The freight rail industry and the Australian Government have worked closely to explore the opportunities to accelerate ATMS implementation across the Interstate rail network and I thank the rail industry and the Freight on Rail Group for their ongoing cooperation. We are also undertaking further investigation on options to rollout ATMS across the remainder of the Interstate rail network.”

What people are saying about ATMS:
Bernie Reid, Pacific National Operations Supervisor said after consulting many drivers using ATMS they could see many benefits including:

“The system is easy to use and understand and cuts out the need to contact train control to provide times at locations, reducing distractions. Plus, we no longer need to raise or take a written train working authority, which means less paperwork.”

“Having the ability to see up to 10kms ahead to view on​coming services, any speed restrictions on the line or track worker authorities provides real safety benefits. The system also provides real-time information and feedback – with drivers looking forward to interacting with other trains and services.”

ATMS is a modern, communications-based, safe-working system designed for Australian conditions by ARTC and technology partner Lockheed Martin. View ATMS in operation:


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