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Watco installs automated train dispatching systems at two centers


The Watco Cos. Inc. recently installed automated train dispatching systems at its dispatching centers in Wichita, Kan., and Twin Falls, Idaho, according to the short-line holding company’s June newsletter.

The Wabtec Train Management Dispatching Systems process track warrants and bulletins, and electronic train sheets. The systems are designed to provide dispatchers a visual representation of tracks, mileposts, stations, and the current locations of trains and maintenance-of-way equipment.

When a track warrant is requested, a dispatcher enters necessary data and the warrant is automatically created and faxed. Previously, dispatchers manually filled out warrants and bulletins, and faxed them to the appropriate location. Since Watco completed installation in late April, the dispatching centers have processed 9,100 track warrants.

“Data from the system can be reported and analyzed to improve the efficiencies of the railroads, which will lead to improved customer service and profitability,” said officials from Watco, which owns 12 short lines operating in 19 states.

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