Railroad Crossing Signals

Wireless and solar powered

Designed for industrial areas and rural lines, these solar powered signals uses wireless sensors to detect approaching trains, then activate the crossing lights and bell until the train has passed.  

4 Lights Industrial Area Singnal
4 Lights Industrial Area Signal

Signals are normally delivered in pairs, one on each side of the crossing, and synchronized to turn on and off at the same time through a wireless link.

Easily installed on a standard rail foundation, there are no long cables or external boxes.  

Solar power eliminates the need for conduit and external wiring.  It is normally shipped assembled. The system is also available with wireless remote control, wireless infrared, or wheel detectors with wireless link activation.  Includes bell.  

This system is available in:

standard single mode with microwave sensors,

dual mode with microwave and remote control,

quad-mode with microwave, remote control, infrared and wheel detectors.

There is also possibility to supply non standard set based on the customers needs.

All signals have two flashing systems, one driven from the activator, and a second from a key switch manual override.

For more information about the sensors check Tech Specs or contact us.

Specifications

2 Light Signals (4 Lights Signals)

Solar System

30 to 40 (80) Watt solar power system on each mast. 17 (110)Ah deep cycle solar battery. The solar panel meets Class 1 Division 2 and shock resistant requirements. Normally, the signals can be active up to 4 hours per day.

Control Box

The weatherproof metal control box houses the battery, circuit breakers, terminal strips, microprocessor flasher assembly, and 3 position key switch (OFF-MANUAL-AUTO).

Lights

Standard: 2 (4) x 12” (30 cm) red LED’s in standard housings on arms, MUTCD standard railroad crossing signal.

Synchronizer

One 2.4 GHz peer to peer data link module per pole synchronizes signals at a crossing to activate and deactivate simultaneously. The master signal to slave signal range is 100 m (300 ft.).

Signs

1.2 m (48”) MUTCD standard RAILROAD CROSSING sign and 61 cm (24”) STOP or STOP ON RED SIGNAL sign, English or Spanish.

Mast

15’ 6” x 4” (4.73 m x 10 cm) aluminum pole with 9.5” (24 cm) bolt spacing base clamp, ready for mounting on customer supplied industry standard foundations.

Bell

Standard electronic bell on top of pole with 80-95 dBa at 10 feet (3 m), adjustable sound level output.

Wiring Harness

Wiring is fully connected to each component and tested before shipment.

Origin

Union City, Tennessee, USA

System

The Microwave and Remote Control Crossing Signals are solar powered and delivered mostly assembled on pallets.

Industrial Area Signal at the hill

 Sensors:

Microwave Activator

Solar powered microwave sensors to detect approaching trains between 1mph and 35 mph. Installed on a signal mast, the lights start flashing 15 to 20 seconds before the train reaches the crossing, flash as long as the train is moving through the beam and continue to flash until the train has left the crossing. If the train stops, the lights will flash for up to 15 minutes then turn off.

Standard features include interference suppression and prediction software, drivers for up to four 30 cm high intensity LED lights, driver for electronic bell and override circuits.

Remote Microwave Sensor
Remote Microwave Sensor / Remote Sensor

 

Microwave Activator

(for Industrial Area Crossing Signal master)

Type
Range Beamwidth Min-MaxSpeed Power Output Power Required Size / Weight Output

2 x 24 GHz Stereo Doppler
500 m nominal for trains (line of sight)
10° at far range, 30° at near range 1–60km/h(0.5-35mph)
3.75 milliwatts (FCC Part 15b approved, safe at any distance)
10 to 18 V dc, 0.3 Amps (power supplied by solar system)
36 cm w x 41 cm h x 18 cm d / 8 kg
Darlington drivers for LED flashing lights, electronic bell, and if applicable, gate activation

Country of Origin

Union City, Tennessee, USA

Remote Sensor

Using microwave sensors. the Remote Sensor detects trains approaching and passing at either 1 - 35 mph for industrial areas or 2 - 100 mph for rural areas. The Sensor can be solar powered and needs no track circuits to send control signals to a crossing signal located up to 5 miles away.

The Remote Sensor may be used instead of track detector circuits to activate a crossing.

The Remote Sensor is also used where there are 3 or more tracks. The internal microwave sensors are aimed to detect trains approaching the crossing that might be blinded by another train.

Remote Microwave Activator with Data Link

Type Range

Beamwidth Min-MaxSpeed Power Output Power Required Size / Weight Output

24 GHz Stereo Doppler, (FCC Part 15b approved) adjustable up to 200 m in industrial areas,
up to 500 m in rural areas (line of sight)
10° at far range, 30° at near range 1-55km/h(0.5-35mph)or3-160km/h(2-100mph) 3.75 milliwatts

10 to 18 V dc, 0.3 Amps (power supplied by solar system) 36 cm w x 41 cm h x 18 cm d / 8 kg
Darlington drivers for Data Link

Data Link

Transmitter: One 960 MHz or 2.4 GHz peer to peer data link module synchronizes data between the Remote Microwave Activator and the crossing or remote signs. Range: short range version, 1,200 feet, long range version up to 5 miles.

Solar System

80 Watt solar power system with 110 A hr. deep cycle solar battery. The solar panel meets Class 1 Division 2 and shock resistant requirements. The system is rated for 24 hours continuous use without sunlight.

Control Box

The weatherproof metal control box houses the battery, circuit breakers, terminal strips.

Mast

15’ 6” x 4” (4.73 m x 10 cm) MUTCD standard aluminum pole with 9.5” (24 cm) bolt spacing base clamp, ready for mounting on customer supplied industry standard foundations.

Wiring Harness

Wiring is fully connected to each component and tested before shipment.

Country of Origin

Union City, Tennessee, USA

System

The Remote Sensor is solar powered and is delivered assembled.

Wheel detector

Magnetic coil wheel detector sensors attached to the track up to 1,200 feet from the crossing detect approaching trains, then wirelessly activate the crossing signals. The system is entirely solar powered with wireless data links, thus they use no long cables, or external wiring.

The lights start flashing as soon as the train passes over the approaching track detector and continue until the last car has passed over the exit detector.

Signals from the track detectors are wirelessly linked to the master signal at the crossing. A wireless data link synchronizes the slave signal to the master signal.

 

Wheel detector

In-Track Detector

Type Activation Pulse Length Power Required Size / Weight Output

Double wheel detector
Wheel flange
>3 ms
10 to 18 V dc, 50 mA (power supplied by solar system) 15 cm w x 10 cm h x 7 cm d / 2 kg

Induction pulse

Track to Signal Wireless Data Link

Type
Range
Power Required Size / Weight Output

2.4 GHz wireless synchronized link
up to 1,200 feet (line of sight)
10 to 18 V dc, 25 to 175 mA at activation, 50 mA sleep (power supplied by solar system) 36 cm w x 41 cm h x 18 cm d / 8 kg
Darlington drivers for LED flashing lights, electronic bell, and if applicable, gate activation

Track Detector Solar System

30 to 80 Watt solar power system with 8 to 20 A hr. deep cycle solar battery. The solar panel meets Class 1 Division 2 and shock resistant requirements. The system is rated for 24 hours continuous operation without sunlight.

Mast

10’ x 3” galvanized steel with poured concrete foundation or 15’ 6” x 4.5” aluminum pole with 9.5” (24 cm) bolt spacing base clamp, ready for mounting on customer supplied industry standard foundations.

Wiring Harness

Wiring is fully connected to each component and tested before shipment.

System

The Industrial Area Crossing Signal is solar powered.

Country of Origin

Union City, Tennessee, USA

Remote control

The signal is turned on and off by wireless hand held remote control transmitters. Multiple signals may be separately activated by one transmitter. Units shipped assembled, ready for mounting on foundation. Each system includes both transmitters and signals. Each signal is normally installed on finished foundations in about 3 hours.

The system operates on the master-slave concept. The master signal contains the receiver for the remote control. The master then sends a wireless signal to the slave for synchronization.

The system is expandable to 10 crossings on individual channels using one transmitter.

Specifications

Remote control

Remote Control

Transmitters: 2 x handheld transmitters, 2,000 feet range.
Receivers: 1 Remote Control, 2.4 GHz or 960 MHz Receiver on master.

Synchronizer

One 2.4 GHz peer to peer wireless data link module per pole synchronizes signals at a crossing to activate and deactivate simultaneously. The range is 100 m (300 ft.).

Solar System

80 Watt solar power system with 110 A hr. deep cycle solar batter. The solar panel meets Class 1 Division 2 and shock resistant requirements. The system is rated for 24 hours continuous operation without sunlight, with lights and bell activated 10% of the time.

Control Box

The weatherproof metal control box houses the battery, circuit breakers, terminal strips, microprocessor flasher assembly, and 3 position key switch (OFF-MANUAL-AUTO).

Lights

4 x 12” (30 cm) bright red LED’s in standard housings on arms, MUTCD standard railroad crossing signal. The flashing rate is the industry standard 0.5 seconds on, 0.5 seconds off.

Bell

electronic bell 85 dBa at 10 feet, adjustable

Remote

IR Activator

Two Infrared (IR) transmitters are strategically placed on each side of the crossing up to 50 feet from the track such that the train interrupts the IR beam to IR receivers located on the crossing masts.

As a train approaches or stops at the crossing, the beams are interrupted and the signals flash.

This system is intended for both single and multiple track crossing, up to 6 tracks, and may be stand alone, or as an add on to other activators.

Components

2 x IR transmitters per crossing

2 x IR receivers per crossing

2 x 30 watt solar power system with 17 A hr deep cycle battery
2 x 10’ x 2” metal mast with concrete foundation

Truck Avoidance IR

IR transmitters are strategically placed on each side of the road at the crossing such that trucks stopped within the crossing perimeter, or moving through the crossing when the lights activate, will keep the gates from coming down on the truck.

As long as a truck is not at the entrance or exit to the crossing, the gates come down 5 seconds after the lights are activated.

This system is intended for use at any crossing where gates are used.

Components

2 IR transmitters per crossing

2 IR receivers per crossing located on the masts

2 x 10 to 30 watt solar power system with 17 A hr deep cycle battery for transmitters
2 x 10’ x 2” metal mast with concrete foundation

Presence Detector

This all weather microwave remote sensor measures the distance to rail cars in its narrow 10° beam. Cars within a programmable window of 3 m to 25 m are detected. It is normally mounted on the signal pole with its beam perpendicular to the track.

Multiple outputs are available for indication the presence, distance, and time a car is within the range window.

The sensor may be powered by 12 V dc, 110-240 V ac, or solar.

  Specifications

Type  24 GHz FMCW

Range 3 m to 25 m (internally programmable window)

Window Beamwidth  10°

Distance Accuracy 1 m

Power Output  1 milliwatt

Power Required 10 to 18 V DC, 110-240 V AC, 5 Watts

Size/Weight 10 x 11 x 29 cm / 1.5 kg

Temperature -20°C to +60°C

Outputs:

1) Contact closure when train is within range window, or

2) RS232 or RS422 Signal over cable with distance to train, sensor id, time target in widow, or 3) 2.4 GHz wireless

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