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The Use Of Solid-State Image Scanners In The British Railways Track Recording Coach
Author(s): R. B. Lewis
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Paper Abstract

The measurement of lateral track parameters, using contacting sensors, from a high-speed rail vehicle presents problems due to the vulnerability of mechanical probes and feelers. To overcome these problems a non-contacting system based on commercially available solid-state scanners has been developed by British Railways. The sensor equipment consists of two separate linescan cameras mounted vertically above each rail. The rails are obliquely illuminated from projectors mounted on the bogie (truck), and it is possible by processing the camera video signals to detect -that part of the scan corresponding to the gauge face of each rai1. This information can then be used to calculate track gauge, and, in conjunction with other equipment, track alignment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1978
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0145, Industrial Applications of Solid State Image Scanners, (1 January 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.956593
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R. B. Lewis, British Railways Research and Development Division (UK)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0145:
Industrial Applications of Solid State Image Scanners
David J. Purll, Editor(s)

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