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Full scale train imaging & inspection

Trimble® TrainView® is an automatic full scale train imaging and inspection system that images and inspects train body/roof area using multiple imaging scanner units to capture high resolution images at mainline operational speeds.

Imaging and inspection of the outside of railcars, at mainline speeds, even in tough environments, day or night

Full scale train imaging and inspection

TrainView is designed to provide images of all externally visible components of a car. The images are then assigned to individual cars based on the AEI data so that car components are then ready for viewing and analysis.

The system uses multiple sensors and algorithms to pinpoint axle position, car beginning and car end positions, car components such as safety appliances, hand brake wheels, car identifiers, load limit identification, reflectors, car body condition, load securement conditions, etc.

Sophisticated image processing with alarms that alert to issues

Benefits to rail operators include assisting Carmen’s visual inspection process and providing timely maintenance alerts for defective car components. While most of the inspection process is automated, the Trimble TrainWatch sophisticated train viewing software can be used to perform a complete virtual train visual inspection.

TrainView is also of relevance in the security industry where the detection of foreign objects on trains is becoming a critical issue for the rail transportation industry.

Dramatic savings in personnel time and costs, versus manual inspections

Full train imaging system. Complete inspections quicker and minimize issues that disrupt service.

Rolling stock stays in service for longer

With accurate measurements at mainline operational speeds there is minimal disruption to rolling stock schedules.

Limits risk to personnel, works 24/7, even in tough environments

TrainView works in even the toughest environments and at night so field workers are not in unpleasant or unsafe working conditions thereby reducing the risk to their safety.

Digital accurate records, with automated alerts of issues

Providing digital records that are usable across operations and maintenance TrainView reduces manual and paper-based workflows saving time and money. Critical issues are flagged and reported automatically so that corrective actions can be taken with less impact on service.

Inspections & Measurements

Trimble TrainView system inspections and measurements include:

  • Car (wagon) tag identification.
  • Missing/damaged reflective decals detection.
  • Missing label holder detection.
  • Missing brake wheel detection.
  • Missing/broken shedding shields detection.
  • Bent top chord detection.

Depending on the rolling stock types and requirements, the system’s inspection outputs may require optimization or customization.

Trimble TrainView system provides a full images of the train body/roof area that will include different car (wagon) parts and components:

  • Car (wagon) body sides.
  • Car (wagon) body ends.
  • Car (wagon) roof.
  • All safety appliances.
  • Doors.

Using Trimble TrainView image outputs many other measurements, inspections, and detections of the condition of parts and components in the train body/roof area are possible, though may require the development of further Machine Vision Algorithms (MVAs) depending on requirements.

If the Trimble TrainView system is combined with Trimble TruckView scanner boxes then trucks (bogies) and their components also can be inspected. This provides a full train imaging from top of the rail to top of the car (wagon) including, truck (bogie), car (wagon) body, and car (wagon) roof.

System Features

  • Bi-directional system.
  • Inspection and measurement at mainline operational speeds.
  • Operates in extreme environments.
  • Installed off track on tower or pole (concrete or steel base) with no track interference.
  • Easy maintenance.
  • Automatic defect reporting.

Software Features

  • Digital image acquisition/processing.
  • AEI (RFID) integration.
  • Automated reporting.
  • Web-based interface and database for data visualization and analysis (with Trimble CMMS™ (Condition Monitoring Management System) or TrainWatch™ software).
  • Remote monitoring/control.


  • Freight & heavy haul
  • High speed
  • Passenger
  • Metro
  • Tram

Installation Location

  • Mainline
  • Depot
  • Yard

Power Requirements

  • 110V AC or 220V AC
  • 6.5kW

Periodic Maintenance

  • Annual inspection & service.
  • Quarterly inspections.

Installation Position

  • Off track/tower or pole on concrete or steel base.

Remote Diagnosis

  • Yes

Automated Health Reporting

  • Yes

AEI/RFID Integration

  • Yes

Air Purge Unit

  • No
Specifications subject to change without notice.


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