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Queensland Rail: Upgrade diesel-electric locomotive test console

Supplier: MIPAC
28 June, 2011

Queensland Rail engaged MIPAC to upgrade their diesel-electric locomotive test console at Redbank.

The upgraded facility has been in faultless operation since early 2008 and has enabled Queensland Rail to:

  • gather an expanded range of process parameter data for reporting purposes to higher management
  • improve overall testing flexibility
  • achieve consistency of test results, and 
  • maximise utilisation of the plant.

The added facility to allow the selection of ZTR-equipped locomotives has expanded the range of rollingstock static load testing able to be performed at Redbank.

The project entailed:

  • Analysis of existing engineering documentation and the 'as-building' documenting of existing plant
  • Production of an overall engineering solution to industry best practice and QR requirements
  • Production of new engineering drawings and documentation
  • Expansion of the existing PLC and SCADA system to incorporate the new functionality
  • Modification of existing plant to Queensland Rail requirements
  • Engagement and supervision of site electrical contractor
  • Modification and commissioning of existing plant and control panels with zero loss of facility throughput
  • Production of updated functional specification documentation
  • Operator training on the new facilities.