Positive Train Control (PTC)


Train/Rail Books & DVDs

PTC: Meeting the Challenge and Getting it RIGHT

Published on Feb 3, 2016 by "freightrailworks"

Positive train control (PTC) describes technology designed to automatically stop or slow a train before certain accidents occur. In particular, PTC is designed to prevent train-to-train collisions, derailments caused by excessive speed, unauthorized incursions by trains onto sections of track where repairs are being made and movement of a train through a track switch left in the wrong position.

Positive Train Control (PTC) What It Really Takes

Published on Aug 27, 2014 by NFC

Norfolk Southern is committed to implementing a positive train control (PTC) system that will strengthen an already safe rail network; however, far too many technological and regulatory barriers exist today, and despite our best efforts, the 2015 deadline for full implementation of PTC will not be met. Check out this video that provides an overview of PTC.

Vital Positive Train Control

Published on Nov 19, 2012 by “punkinmark1”

Harris Marketing Communications produced, directed, wrote and edited this project for Union Switch & Signal (now Ansaldo STS).

ETMS Demonstration for BNSF Railway

Published on Sep 13, 2010 by arostad

This is a older video showing how ETMS (BNSF's version of Positive Train Control) works. Since the system is still a work in progress things in this video are likely to change for the better but it's still a great demonstration of how the system works. In the end it will just make for a safer railway.

ETMS stands for Electronic Train Management System; PTC stands for Positive Train Control

Amtrak PTC Test Train on Stampede Pass 2011 04-19

Published on Apr 23, 2011

BNSF with the cooperation of Amtrak tested the Positive Train Control (PTC) system on Stampede Pass using a 12 car train. Fellow railfan Nick Dumas and myself snowmobiled on the pass and caught some of the action that day. Amtrak P42 Locomotives 12, 73, 74, & 75 were used.


PTC -- Positive Train Control (PTC) is a set of highly advanced technologies designed to make freight rail transportation, already one of the safest U.S. industries, even ... (cont. on to aar.org.)

Positive train control - Wikipedia -- Positive train control (PTC) is a system of functional requirements for monitoring and controlling train movements as an attempt to provide increased safety.

Positive Train Control (PTC) Information (R&D) | Federal Railroad Administration (U.S. govt)--- Positive Train Control (PTC) systems are integrated command, control, communications, and information systems for controlling train movements with safety, ...

Intro to PTC (from Metrolink, governed by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA)

PTC (from Railway Age) The race to finish PTC -- 2018 or 2020, whatever the case may be, isn’t very far off. According to a Positive Train Control implementation chart published on the Federal Railroad Administration website, 30 out 37 U.S. freight and passenger railroads required to have PTC—roughly 80%—will have the technology in place by the year-end 2018 extended deadline