FAdC® at Vhodnaya Station | Kazakhstan
ArcelorMittal is responsible for the operation of a dedicated industrial railway infrastructure located in Temirtau, Kazakhstan. At Vhodnaya station, an essential shunting yard, various goods and materials, such as polyester, zinc, aluminium, sinter, iron ore, and coke-chemical products, are loaded and unloaded. The station's robust infrastructure features 64 switching points and 68 signals, necessitating the use of a high-performing train detection system to ensure the safe and efficient management of traffic flow.
The Vhodnaya station is a shunting yard that deals with various goods and materials, but the existing track circuit-based system for traffic management was not reliable enough due to extreme weather conditions and industrial dust contamination. To maintain uptime under such circumstances, the operator opted for a modern axle counter system, the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC®. The new system includes 120 Frauscher Wheel Sensors RSR180 that proved to be reliable and cost-effective. By installing the new system, lifecycle and maintenance costs were significantly reduced, downtime due to train detection failures was reduced, and operational efficiency increased.