Transurb designed one Full-Cab and four Compact simulators for the new freight trains of FDP in Colombia.

The simulation room, intended for the training of approximately 40 drivers of FDP, has been installed in the ‘Valle del Cauca’ in the south-west of Colombia. It includes one Full-Cab Simulator, which is the exact replica of the inside of the Grindrod RL22SCN locomotive.

Four Compacts as well as observation facilities, with a capacity of ten trainees, were also requested by FDP to maximise their training sessions. Everything is monitored and supervised by instructors from the instructor station.

The simulator software has been configured with 100km of realistic tracks in the undulating landscapes of Colombia and with the signalling system in service. In order to reflect the Colombian driving conditions, technical issues, moisture in the air, heavy rains as well as the high density of dust during dry periods are accurately simulated.

This project took place as FDP ordered new Grindrod RL22SCN locomotives to increase the tonnage of its transportation. The Columbian transport company took advice from Vecturis to successfully carry out this project.