Variable Route and Rail Brake Control for Shunting and Hump Yards

Marshalling yard with trains

These companies rely on YardLynx

Our variable route and rail brake control YardLynx is a real-time control system for hump yards. With YardLynx, you can control route and speed of each individual freight wagon until it comes to a standstill ready for coupling on the sorting siding. As a modular product, it has the flexibility to meet all your requirements in terms of performance, yard size and topology. 

We support you throughout the entire life cycle of the system, e.g. with predictive maintenance, the replacement of single components and the complete replacement of the control platform (retrofit). In doing so, we can offer you various levels of service. 

YardLynx – Your benefits

    • Customised to your needs - from small to high performance systems
    • in terms of size, equipment level and topology of your yard
    • Option for fully automatic route control or brake control
    • Option for conveyor systems in the sorting siding to increase the performance of your system
    • Maximize the life span of your rail brakes
    • Minimum maintenance for efficient use
    • Integrated maintenance function for early detection of maintenance needs
    • Remote support
    • Proven control system for 30 years
    • High availability, reliable shunting quality and fast throughput times 
    • Renewal of the control technology during operation
    • Replacement of individual components, control cabinets or complete control platform  
    • Designed and approved to meet SIL 2 safety requirements according to DIN EN 50128 (CENELEC)

Freight transport of the future

Watch this 2-minute video to see how the Yard Lynx control system works in a marshalling yard to ensure smooth and efficient operations.

YardLynx for a flexible range of applications

Route and rail brake control in shunting yards
Marshalling yard overview

YardLynx variable route and rail brake control system enables precise speed control for each individual freight wagon during marshalling at shunting yards to ensure smooth and efficient operations.

Route and rail brake control in industrial plants and train stations
Industrial marshalling yard

When using YardLynx in industrial facilities and train stations, freight wagons are braked to the right speed safely and in a controlled manner to optimize logistical processes during train handling.

Conveying system control in shunting yards and industrial facilities
Rail track brake

When YardLynx is extended with a conveyor control system, the performance of the yard in terms of dispatched wagons increases significantly.

This is what our customers say about YardLynx

  • “As a district manager for DB InfraGO, three things are particularly important to me: a reliable system, the availability of spare parts and effective communication with the supplier, especially in the event of unforeseen challenges. Since commissioning in 2016, Kontron AIS has reliably met all these requirements. Thanks to the YardLynx variable rail brake control, our marshalling yard is now running more efficiently and reliably than ever before. I have no hesitation in recommending YardLynx!”

    Daniel Mairing, District Manager LST Seddin, DB InfraGO

Prequalification for train formation yards at Deutsche Bahn AG

Deutsche Bahn Q1 Qualifikation

Deutsche Bahn places high demands on its suppliers in terms of competence, performance, reliability and compliance. For this reason, every supplier goes through an extensive qualification process. Kontron AIS meets these high requirements and has been a prequalified supplier to Deutsche Bahn for many years in the area of software and has successfully implemented various projects in the area of brake and conveyor system control.

Open certificate (only available in german)

The maintenance staff of DB Netz AG can access the complete documentation, use the spare parts catalog and open support tickets via our maintenance and service portal.

Optimized control and monitoring for the efficient operation of shunting yards

Flexible and adaptable

  • Various topology profiles (pre-brakes and main-brakes)
  • Sorting siding brakes
  • End of track brakes and gradient compensation brakes
  • Hydraulic and electrodynamic rail brakes
  • Conveying systems

Comprehensive functions and self-monitoring system for maximum safety

  • Speed, distance and time calculation in real-time 
  • Extended collision protection 
  • Detection of potentially critical situations
  • Based on the determination of the rolling characteristic of the wagons, a prediction of the speed profile and rolling distance is calculated

Optimize processes with comprehensive data collection and transparency

  • Transparency through comprehensive data collection with documentation, logging and diagnostics for predictive maintenance
  • Operation and monitoring for operators and maintenance staff, even on mobile devices
  • Interface to dispatching system

Precise processes

  • Controlling wagon distance in the distribution zone and sorting siding
  • Target braking ready for coupling in the sorting siding
  • Gentle handling of the wagons
Functional components
  • Detection of wagon parameters
  • Operational sequence control
  • Axle data measurement unit
  • Weather station
  • Control of pre-brakes 
  • Control of main brakes
  • Control of Sorting siding brakes 
  • Control of Gradient compensation brakes 
  • Track occupancy management on the sorting siding
Use of weather data from our metrological station
  • Weather management sensor for 
    • Wind direction and wind force
    • Surface and air temperature
    • Relative humidity and precipitation intensity
  • Determine weather conditions using weather models for
    • Rail condition
    • Fog, dew and frost
    • Drying, sublimation
    • Ice formation

Your contact person

Roman Olwig
Sales Manager
Connectivity, Integration and Rail Automation