Observations from the IRSE International Convention in Dallas, Texas, USA

// IRSE International Convention 2017

100 delegates attended the IRSE International Convention and visited various railway installations in the Dallas Fort Worth area over a five day period. Here is a collection of Doug Green’s best photos.

DART’s Tim McKay makes his keynote address at the IRSE International Convention in Dallas, talking about challenges of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Convention delegates inspecting an Intermediate Block signal on the bypass line for BNSF Railway Company Intermodal Facility at Fort Worth. As well as being used for freight, it is used by Amtrak’s “Heartland Flyer” between Fort Worth and Oklahoma City.

ElectroLogIXS system on display. Commonly used on BNSF.

Some IRSE signalling engineers couldn’t resist photographing this Berlington North Santa Fe (BNSF) locomotive (when others were waiting to leave on the coach).

Level crossing road vehicle detectors at Richland Hills, on the Denton County line. Inductive loops underneath the tarmac in the roadway are used to detect vehicles that haven’t cleared the crossing. Exit barriers are held up until the crossing is clear.

Visiting one of the new Diesel Multiple Unit A-Trains in the new depot at Lewisville, Texas. The line runs with eleven Stadler GTW trains on the 21-mile commuter rail line. A similar train as this, known as the FLIRT, will be introduced by Abellio Greater-Anglia in the UK.