DTI Group based in Perth, Western Australia, has received an order from Delatim for the supply of its pantograph CCTV monitoring systems on Class 91 locomotives operated by Virgin Trains East Coast Ltd on the East Coast Mainline in the UK. 

The East Coast Main Line (ECML) is a 632km railway link between London and Edinburgh via Peterborough, Doncaster, Wakefield, Leeds, York, Darlington and Newcastle, electrified along the whole route. The route forms a key artery on the eastern side of Great Britain. The order involves the supply, and installation of 31 pantograph surveillance systems coupled with secure infrastructure facilities providing system health, pantograph surveillance and pantograph analysis data. 

The pantograph is the device mounted on the roof of the electric train to transfer power to the train through contact with the overhead power cable. Pantographs with overhead wires are now the dominant form of power collection for modern electric trains.

Deliveries for the systems are expected to commence late in the first half of the 2016–17 financial year and completed before the end of the financial year. The systems will include the very latest pantograph surveillance technology with the deployment of DTI’s market-leading, feature-rich MDR-6 recording unit.

DTI pantograph technology will provide Virgin Trains with a number of application upgrade paths to provide advanced analytics. DTI has applied for multiple global patents for its advanced pantograph video analytics.

“This win further builds on DTI's reputation as a global provider of advanced technological solutions and services in the rail market,” said DTI's managing director, Richard Johnson. “DTI has invested heavily in R&D and marketing as a long-term strategy to grow its rail business and the Virgin Trains contract with Delatim is demonstrating that this strategy continues to succeed.” ♦