Canada's rail network covers vast distances across a wide range of geography. Consequently, Canadian railways handle large quantities of freight and operate key passenger corridors over large areas often experiencing differing, high impact weather. Adverse weather conditions with the potential for causing scheduled service disruptions due to accidents or failures need to be monitored and, better still, anticipated in order handle them effectively while enhancing safety.
The Weather Network Commercial Services (TWNCS) specialized Railway weather solutions provide the necessary tools to anticipate hazardous weather events essential for the timely operation of your railway system. These solutions include the following products and services:
Local Area Forecasts to anticipate upcoming weather on an hourly to daily basis out 15-days with a high spatial resolution
Composite Radar to monitor location, movement, evolution and strength of precipitation systems
FutureCast Radar which forecasts the movement of precipitation over a 6-hour timeframe
Meteorological Consultation to help qualify forecasts and provide up-to-date guidance during rapidly changing weather conditions or unexpected developments
Severe Weather Forecasts and Warnings/Alerts for critical weather events based on pre-defined criteria for special subdivisions or corridor segments
Real-time Lightning Detection Network to accurately pinpoint the location of lightning activity and its proximity to important assets
Training to familiarize end users with the products and services received and their interpretation along with basic weather orientation as desired
By taking a proactive stance Railway personal will be able to mitigate or anticipate delays, implement snow and ice control plans, increase or modify inspections, alter schedules as well as predict personnel and equipment impacts. This will result in transit time savings, reduction in cargo loss or property damage, cost avoidance and increased employee and public safety.