IST Simulations is delighted to launch a new product: Modular Simulator.

The Modular Simulator is a simulator of an NX panel where the infrastructure displayed on the panel can be configured by the assessor to enable focus on the infrastructure relevant to the session, and reduce distraction from infrastructure that the signaller does not need to learn.

Eg. If the signaller being trained does not have a CCTV level crossing, then the CCTV crossing can be removed from the layout. If the signaller being trained has axle counters, then the axle counter controls can be displayed.

This flexibility enables the Modular Simulator to be used from the most basic of training on a new signaller’s very first day, through Initial Signaller Training, training of rules, reviewing of incidents/errors, right through to continuous professional development of experienced signallers, and much more.

IST Simulators have Product Acceptance for use in Network Rail locations.


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Track Layout (click to enlarge):

Modules Map (click to enlarge):
The items shown in black are the ‘base’ level and always present. So with all Modules switched off, the panel is a simple ‘up and down’ line and two platform loops: Perfect for early-days training.

Modules List

Each module can be switched on and off as required by the instructor.

– Hot Axle Box Detector
– Parkhill Down Goods Loop
– Reversible Signalling to Bradley
– Tubdeer No 1 UWC
– Tubdeer No 2 UWC
– Castle View CCTV Crossing
– Axle Counters Branch
– Yeo Road ABCL
– Anna’s Street AOCL
– Goss Street UWC
– Parkhill Junction Lines
– Loco Sidings Ground Frame
– Newhaven Bay Platforms 3-4
– Newhaven Platform 0
– Doe Depot Sidings
– Newhaven Viaduct
– Chappel Road AHB
– Middleton Single Branch Line
– Haydock Estate UWC
– Longford Branch Line

Panel Diagram (click to enlarge):

Simulator Infrastructure Features:

In addition to all the normal functionality and failure options of an IST simulator, the Modular Simulator has been designed to including examples to enable demonstration and training of the following:

SIGNAL ASPECTS:
Two-aspect signals area
Three-aspect signals area
Four-aspect signals area
Four-aspect signal that behaves as a three aspect
Controlled signals
Subsidiary position lights
Ground position lights
Yellow position lights
Limit of shunt signals
Automatic signals
Guaranteed and non-guaranteed emergency replacement facilities on automatic signals
Automatic signals plated as controlled
Repeater signals
Repeater signal fixed at yellow
Repeater signals using R suffix
Repeater signals with their own separate number
Calling-on signals
Huddersfield controls
Banner repeater signals
Three-state banner repeater signals
Standard indicator and miniature indicator route indicators
Junction indicators
‘Foxhall’ feathers
OFF/CD/RA indicators
Alternative routes to the same destination
Flashing yellow sequences
Approach release of signals

POINTS:
Single slip
Double slip
Catch points
Trap points
Spring points
Switch diamond
Crossovers with and without split detection
Self-restoring points
Time of operation locking

GROUND FRAMES
GFs released from the signal box
GFs with and without signals
GFs released after time

TRAIN DETECTION
Track circuits (including different regional variations of track circuit identities)
Track circuit interrupters
Axle counters
Axle counter conditional reset
EPR and un-conditional reset
Aspect restriction
Failure to reset

LEVEL CROSSINGS
User-worked level crossing (including involving another signaller)
Automatic Half Barrier crossing
AHB wrong-direction controls
CCTV crossing
AOCL crossing
ABCL crossing
(OD Crossing coming soon)

SINGLE & BI-DIRECTIONAL LINES
SLW on a double line
SLW on a four-track line
WBP on a single line
WBP on a bi-directional line
Nominating a direction on a bi-directional line
LOD(P) Patrolman’s lockouts for bi-directional lines

REMOTE INTERLOCKINGS AND ELECTRONIC REMOTE CONTROLS
Remote interlockings
Electronic remote control link
Electronic remote control overrides (Selective and Through Routes)

OTHER INTERLOCKING FEATURES
Combined red lamp and TPWS indications
Separate TPWS indications
Lime Street measuring controls
Double-red junction protection
Approach locking
Comprehensive approach locking
Non-comprehensive approach locking
Slotting of signals (with GFs, with Depots, and with adjacent signal boxes)
LOD(T) lock-outs for bay platforms
Swinging overlaps
Train ready to start (TRTS) plungers
Intentional inclusion of misleading / hiding SPAD indications
Reading-through / Insell’s lock controls
Overrun tracks in signal aspect at junctions
Foul tracks at points
Flank protection

OTHER OPERATIONS FEATURES
Working to adjacent signal boxes
Emergency alarms
Fast and Slow lines
Reversible working to adjacent signal box
Working of stations
Permissive working
Emergency permissive working
Wrong-direction moves

OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE FEATURES
Tunnel
Viaduct
Goods Running Line
Direction Arrows
Single lines, both within the signal box area and to an adjacent box
Hot axle box detector
TPWS to stop a train when it shouldn’t

COMMUNICATIONS
Telephone concentrator
GSMR terminal (faithfully replicating situation of trains on the panel)

OTHER RISKS MODELLED
Reading-across risk
Adjacent signal comms risk
Geographically separate fringes to the same adjacent box

Modular Simulators are installed at:
Bristol
Westbury
Exeter
York (coming soon)

For more information about the Modular Simulator please get in touch with IST Simulations at admin@istsimulations.co.uk or 01962 580 501.