North Queensland goes Loco over Great Whites
Great Whites prides itself on its ability to survive the most rugged conditions, which is why captains of North Queensland’s sugar cane industry have installed them on trains working in some of the country’s most eclectic environments.
Where other lights have failed in two key areas of operation – water ingress and radio interference – Great Whites is performing hand over fist.
Being a tropical climate, it doesn’t take much to develop moisture build up and when you include cyclonic conditions in the mix, water can very quickly become a big problem. All Great Whites lights are independently rated to a minimum IP68 which means total protection from dust and water ingress.
The lighting technology used in Great Whites is rated to CISPR class 25-3, which limits radio frequencies from interfering with other operating components. This technology was a huge point of interest for the sugar cane farmers because it means the lights won’t interfere with existing radio-based systems.
What many people don’t realise is that locomotives can be controlled in part or in full by remote control. Trains aren’t always configured with the loco at the front; sometimes it is in the back or even the middle. This means drivers need to control speed and braking through remote access and even the smallest level of interference could lead to disaster.
With 24/7 operations, the farmers needed a strong light for forward visibility and spread, which is why they chose the 9 LED Bar. Having been installed since 2014, it has lit the tracks with no issues, taking everything the region can throw at it.
The success of Great Whites has led to the use of Hammer Heads work lights to be installed on the loco to illuminate dedicated work areas to the side of the train. This heavy duty combination is the perfect match for some of Australia’s most demanding environments.