CPR signs major upgrade agreement for 40 BELTPACK(R) systems

by Canadian Shipper

Rail industry supplier CANAC Inc., says that Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) has signed an agreement to upgrade its fleet of forty BELTPACK(R) locomotive remote control systems (LRC).

BELTPACK(R) is a computer-based LRC system that permits safe operation of a locomotive by a qualified operator either on the locomotive or standing near the track. The BELTPACK(R) system links one or two operators using a portable Operator Control Unit (OCU) via radio link to an advanced onboard computer programmed with the industry’s best train handling practices.

Over the next two months CANAC will upgrade twenty-four of CPR’s BELTPACK(R) Version I systems to Version II, including the supply of sixty new ergonomic operator control units (OCU IIe) and eight repeaters. As well, sixteen Version II systems that CPR already owns will be upgraded with the addition of forty new state-of-the-art OCU IIes.

“CPR is the second largest BELTPACK(R) user in North America. We are pleased they have decided to upgrade their flat yard systems with CANAC’s latest technology,” says Frank Trotter, President and CEO, CANAC.

Significantly smaller, lighter and ergonomically improved over all other unit designs, the OCU IIe was designed in collaboration with ergonomists and kinesiologists, based on input from more than 250 operators who use the BELTPACK(R) system.

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