Crossing the Rails in Wales
DAC have been working closely with Network Rail during the development of their stand alone GSM-R crossing telephone. Live trials have already started at Pensarn Crossing, which is on the western fringe of Snowdonia National Park, Wales.
This site was chosen by Network Rail as a trial installation for two very good reasons. Firstly the crossing is at the entrance to an Outdoor Pursuits Centre and a small harbour and therefore attracts a lot of traffic. Secondly the line, which is situated on the Cambrian Coast Railway, is equipped with a fully functioning GSM-R network.
The GSM-R telephone is easy to install and is designed to operate as a standalone unit. It can be shipped to the site and be ready to operate with the only requirement being the insertion of an appropriate network SIM card.
Once the trial is complete DAC are hoping to receive formal product acceptance from Network Rail and supply for installation nationwide.