Case Study 129: Multiple Ground Fault Systems
Industry Sector: Government Railroad


Staneco Corporation designed and fabricated a safety ground fault system for the railroad industry which allowed either 800 Amp or 400 Amp service to be manually connected via high amperage power cables to the passenger cars. This system permitted passenger cars to be climate controlled, readying cars for service, without the use of a locomotive to generate the power. A back feed option was available whereby a locomotive could be directly connected to the control panel. This permitted the locomotive to be used to generate power needed at various railroad facilities during brownout conditions.

By adding these systems, locomotives and associated personnel were not needed resulting in great financial savings and increased efficiency to the railroad. The back feed option, by utilizing a locomotive, allowed for an alternate source of power during extreme brownout conditions.