The digital age is making future train system communications very exciting and promising of further cost savings within the industry as a whole. Rail experts from around the globe are anticipating significant technological progressions in the railroad communications system niche. Things like full automatic operations, which includes automatic coupling and uncoupling. Another is shape video recognition, train to train communications, and solving spectrum issues within radio based systems. One CBTC expert commented that, “greater communication between trains and control centres will reduce the need for maintenance.” Communication can prevent problems magnifying and solve potential problems before they arise; CBTC is the future in rail system communications.

These systems will see the demise of on-board train operators, which obviously will substantially reduce the costs of running trains per se. Automation is the future of the railroad industry, driving trains are now all about digital communication systems. For freight trains especially this new level of automation will save money and speed up the whole network. Faster trains wasting less time and getting to their destinations on time means rail becomes even more attractive to all industries looking for transport solutions.

Even in, passenger rail the outlook for rapid mass transit by train is very bright, and that is not dependent on the implementation of high-speed rail. Conventional lines can deliver far better outcomes through electronic journey planning and better train system communications. Rail is being seen, once again, in certain markets, as competition for air travel. It is an exciting time to be working in the industry, as technology is reinvigorating the opportunities for rail in the tourism market. Less people and more automation reduces fares and improves transit efficiency; the trains of the future are like elevators, quick and quiet, and very reliable.

Intranet technology advancements have made these communication systems a new realm of exciting possibilities. Trains communicating with trains and control centres, and all linked up to systems charting journey planning and the most efficient routing for the network. Digital operating systems remove human error from the equation and provide predictable outcomes; meaning safer and faster rail travel. The railroad business has undergone so much evolution since its inception in the US in the nineteenth century. There have been highs, lows and the highs may be coming back with this technologically driven innovation to the whole rail system. Trains will be sleek, new and ever more present in our twenty first century landscape.