Train Order Working System Rationalisation Project









Train Order Working System Rationalisation Project


ARTC NSW Network Rule and Procedure amends are coming.  If you are directly affected, please be ready to take part in training/briefing for the roll out of the changes.


The Train Order Working System Rationalisation project is consolidating legacy Train Order Working control system interfaces at ARTC.


Two systems will be consolidated in to a single upgraded TMACS control system.  This provides industry efficiencies with no track side asset modifications, but the Network Rules and Network Procedures are changing. 


The roles impacted are:

  • Protection Officer Levels 2, 3 and 4
  • Track Vehicle Operators
  • Safeworking level 1 and 2
  • Network Controllers.


The project applies to the control of four rail corridors on the ARTC NSW Network:

  • Parkes – Gulgong – The Gap (Werris Creek)
  • Turrawan – North Star
  • Benalla – Oaklands
  • Stockinbingal – Broken Hill via Parkes.


The improvements will be implemented in two stages with training elements required for both.

  1. The upgrade of the current TMACS control system which controls Stockinbingal to Broken Hill via Parkes. Included is the integration of the ARTC eTAP track access system for electronic TOAs, however verbal transmission of all other methods of Work on Track will continue to be used.
  2. Retirement of PTOS control system on the other corridors, transitioning these to TMACS.  Electronic authorities will also be introduced providing authority transmission from Network Control to rail traffic via the ICE radio.


The project team is working hard to deliver the changes and will be in contact soon. If you have any queries, please email Paul at



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