Pan Up

No, it’s not a ‘Routemaster found on moon’ story – rather, a smart device means service trains are coming up with some very useful data on their surroundings

Scanning from a service train: Fugro device on the rear of a Pacer at Topsham

Browsing Facebook the other day I saw someone had posted a picture of a Pacer with some weird device sitting on the back coupler. Minutes later other pictures started to appear of this space-age kit attached to Class 150s, Class 66 locos and various others, emitting laser beams to scan the track. The device is Fugro’s ‘Rail Infrastructure aLignment Acquisition’ (RILA) system.

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