Baltimore North Avenue Yard

Learn how MTA Maryland modernized its staging yard uring Frauscher Axle Counters and Wheel Sensors


The Baltimore North Avenue Yard is a staging yard where trains are parked and maintained. A manual system enables train drivers to stop at both entries and switch tracks to determine their route within the yard. The operation is tedious and time consuming. To automate the functionality and modernize the yard, the first task was to use the latest technology for reliable and precise train detection. In addition, the benefits of such a system were defined as inventory management by keeping track of the number of axles in the yard for optimum utilization of the facility.


MTA Maryland’s strategy for yard modernization introduces the latest proven signaling technology to the North American railroad market. The Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdCi was designed specifically for the versatile use in industrial environments, shunting yards and staging yards. It enables train detection up to speeds of 50 mph without the undue maintenance requirements and downtimes of other methodologies.

Baltimore North Avenue Yard


In the yard there are 31 wheel sensors distributed to provide train detection for all switches. To efficiently gather the information of each wheel sensor and get reduced cabling costs a decentralized system architecture was chosen. The information from the various wheel detectors throughout the yard are gathered in two trackside bungalows that housed the indoor equipment.

Baltimore North Avenue Yard

Product & Tools

Facts & Figures

  • Operator: MTA Maryland
  • Partner: M.C. Dean
  • Scope of supply: Delivery of components, trial system
  • Scope of project: 31 counting heads
  • Axle counter: FAdCi
  • Wheel sensor: RSR180