DBC streamlines route learning

DB CARGO (DBC) has filmed rail routes across the country using a specialist camera to create an online route programme that drivers can access via tablet or computer. The programme was created in collaboration with Track Access Services Ltd and runs high quality footage of the route alongside a moving map, whilst advising on other areas including speed and signals.

Rail freight drivers are traditionally provided with a route that they learn in an allotted period of time by physically travelling over it. DBC says using streamed media offers several advantages as it enables drivers to review the route multiple times, and go back or move forward through the footage to review certain sections again.

The system saves on route learning trips, freeing up paths for other uses.

About 40% of the network has been filmed so far, with other routes being added over time.