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Dear Charles

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Closed-circuit_television_camera
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locomotive

1. Do you feel the CCTC System is feasible to implement in Locomotives ?. The Display control room for monitoring will be in the Motorman's cabin. CCTC Cameras will be installed in all or specific compartments of the Locomotive.

2. Do you feel security will enhance by implementing CCTC Systems in Locomotives ?.


Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Answer
Thanks for the question Prashant.  Again I rely on my common sense knowledge as opposed to specific railroad knowledge.

I would think that this is a feasible implementation in the Locomotive if sound and video are included and stored for the trip duration.  The cost of the CCTV equipment contrasted with the cost of a Locomotive makes this feasible.  Much like the aircraft industry includes the "black boxes" it may be able to shed light on unexplained derailments and crashes.

The second part of your question concerning security would entail the ability to transmit data from the CCTV to a distant monitoring location in case of a hostile takeover of the Locomotive or possibly an alarm system to alert someone in case of overspeeding and derailments.

I think you have a good idea.

Sincerly,

Charles

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Questions about Icken Trains ( Fred Icken). Also about electrical workings and problems with electro mechanical pinball machines. Charles

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Collected pinball machines for 30 + years and do all work myself. Own a collection of Icken trains. Also many Lionel and American Flyer utems.

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I subscribe to Clasic Toy Trains and am a charter subscriber.

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Electical/electronics training, U.S. NAVY. BBA 1970 University of Oklahoma.

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I do not sell any trains only collect so I do no have train clents. I have in the past sold many old electro-mechanical pinball machines and there have been many customers who have alled me back years later to get one fixed. This is an art that you don't find much any more and the commercial shops charge too much to get a machine fixed. I just try to keep them fixed so that they don't disapear ore are discarded.

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