track locator

Track Locator

  • Real time accurate track position
  • Images stamped with positional information
  • Conversion between yards and chainage

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Current users of the latest version, please note:
Some users have noted that the Track ID functionality (up/down/fast/slow etc) was removed with the October 2013 update and have asked that this function be reinstated.

Track ID was removed at the request of Network Rail, due to an incident of misuse which could have led to a serious incident.

Despite very clear instruction that the location information was not to be relied upon, we were made aware that this advice had not been followed.

Due to varying degrees of mobile GPS accuracy for individual devices and other factors outside our control, the app does not guarantee complete accuracy. Ignoring such advice has huge safety implications and we are working with Network Rail to safeguard against further improper use.

We hope to release an upgraded version of the app and reinstate the Track ID function in the near future.

The Track Locator app determines its current location on the UK rail network using the standard rail referencing system of ‘Engineering Line Reference and Mileage’.

The application uses its own Location Service and converts this to a railway reference using Omnicom’s existing GeoModel of the rail network.

The app uses your device’s native mapping service to show the current location on a fully scalable map. It allows the user to take a picture, stamped with that location, including latitude, longitude (of the current location) and map matched ELR, mileage, latitude, longitude and also the user location to matched position difference.

The images are saved to the Camera Roll or Gallery for easy access. The rail reference is only displayed once a suitable location determination has been achieved. This is currently set at better than 100m.

If you have ideas on additional uses and developments for our Track Locator app, we would be happy to discuss them with you. Please contact us via the contact form on our home page or on +44 1904 778 100.

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