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Rail Safety System – The magnetic fencing for railway operations

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Written by Jurgen Van Droogenbroeck
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Do you need to spend hours, days and in most cases whole nights of preparation for working  safely on railway tracks? Now, that is a thing of the past. You no longer need to invest all the night work time you needed to install a few hundred meters of fencing alongside the tracks.

The Rail Safety System is a fencing system that comprises only two parts, the uprights with the fixation magnet and the fibreglass tubes in blue, yellow or red-and-white stripes. You can click one upright in position every three meters in no time, and then simply fit the tubes onto them.

Perhaps that sounds too easy? But it really is! You can install one hundred metres of fencing in just 10 minutes. Imagine how many trains need to stop and wait unnecessarily or how often you have to put the tracks out of service, and you will immediately realize that there is a lot of profit to gain by using this sytem. High & Safe offers this product for sale or rental.

If you would like to see it for yourself, just watch this video on mounting the system.
For more info call +32 9 368 80 50 or send an email to RSSbelgie@heli.be for Belgium or RSSnederland@heli.be for the Netherlands.


When I talk to the team today, they usually say: It works, it's relatively simple, I would never have thought so, why didn't we do this before?
Philip Glanz, Senior Area Manager, Deutsche Bahn

Interview with Philip Glanz.

My name is Philip Glanz and I'm the Senior Area Manager for track maintenance here in the PD Hamm. In the track area, we are responsible for repair and maintenance of the rail systems. We inspect them and replace major components of rail points.

Why did you choose RSS?
For us there were several reasons. Firstly the cost-effectiveness next to safety. The RSS system may not be the cheapest one on the market, but we save approx. EUR 1000 per shift every time we use it. It is a safe alternative opposed to automatic warning systems that do not prevent employees from walking onto the neighbouring track, and exactly that is made possible by the fixed barriers.

What do the savings consist of?
We bought these fixed barriers as DB and they now belong to the depot. When we carry out normal safety procedures we have a service provider who takes over the safety installations for us. We are now saving those costs.

About the RSS system?
The RSS system is a fixed barrier attached to the rail with a magnet. So when compared with conventional fixed barriers, I no longer need to clear the area in which I am installing the fixed barrier from ballast and attach the fixed barrier to the rail. It's much faster, is more simple and I can do it from outside the rail area. That was impossible up to now.

How long does it take to build the system?
Once the employees have got the hang of it we can manage about 10 metres per minute. So I can build a fixed barrier like the one you see behind me in 5 to 10 minutes. That has been impossible up to now.

Licensing of the RSS system.
It is often the case, of course, that we are wary of anything new. The biggest risk, or the biggest question raised is: Can a magnet actually hold? Does the system work? Will it not be torn off? What will happen if I lean against it? Is the system stable?
RSS provided us with 30 metres for 2 months so we could test it here last year . We tested it extensively with the team; the employees could try it out themselves right here. At the end of the day we realised that the more of the system we build, and the longer it is, the more stable it becomes. To that extent, all the questions or concerns we had raised were actually history.

The experience of employees with RSS
When I talk to the team today, they usually say: It works, it's relatively simple, I would never have thought so, why didn't we do this before?

Why did you not choose RSS before?
There was no comparable system before.

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