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1. WO2020162867 - WAGON DE CHEMIN DE FER PNEUMATIQUE À COMMANDE ÉLECTRONIQUE AVEC MODE DE DISPOSITIF DE FIN DE TRAIN

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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A end-of-train system, comprising:

a selection device configured to selectively indicate whether an electronically controlled pneumatic railcar having first and second intercar trainline network connectors positioned at either end of the electronically controlled pneumatic railcar is located at the end of a train;

an end-of-train module programmed to determine whether the selection device has indicated that the electronically controlled pneumatic railcar is at the end of the end of the train and to initiate a broadcast of an end-of-train beacon by a car control device of the electronically controlled pneumatic railcar over one of the first and second intercar trainline network connectors.

2. The system of claim 1, wherein the selection device is further configured to indicate which of the first and second intercar trainline network connectors is positioned at a rear of a train.

3. The system of claim 2, wherein the first or second intercar trainline network connector identified as positioned at the rear of the train is electrically isolated from the other of the first or second intercar trainline network connector.

4. The system of claim 3, wherein the selection device comprises a switch that is settable indicate that the electronically controlled pneumatic railcar is located at the end of the train and to indicate which of the first and second intercar trainline network connectors is positioned at the rear of a train.

5. The system of claim 4, wherein the switch comprises a three way switch that is movable between a first position indicating that the first trainline network connector is at the end of the train, a second position indicating that the second trainline network connector is at the end of the train, and a third position indicating that the electronically controlled pneumatic railcar is not at the end of the train.

6. The system of claim 5, wherein the switch is manual.

7. The system of claim 1, wherein the end-of-train module is liirther programmed to broadcast a railcar specific identification along with an indication that the electronically controlled pneumatic railcar has been selected as being located at the end of the train in response to the selection device indicating that the electronically controlled pneumatic railcar is at the end of the train.

8. The system of claim 1, further comprising an indicator interconnected to the selection device to provide a visual indication of whether the selection device is set to indicate that the electronically controlled pneumatic railcar is located at the end of the train.

9. A method of providing end-of-train functions, comprising the steps of:

providing a selection device that is moveable to indicate whether an electronically controlled pneumatic railcar having first and second intercar trainline network connectors positioned at either end of the electronically controlled pneumatic railcar is located at the end of a train;

operating the selection device to indicate that the electronically controlled pneumatic railcar is at the end of the train; and

initiating the broadcast of an end-of-train beacon over one of the first and second intercar trainline network connectors from a car control device of the electronically controlled pneumatic railcar after the selection device has indicated that the electronically controlled pneumatic railcar is at the end of the train.

10. The method of claim 9, wherein the selection device also indicates which of the first and second intercar trainline network connectors is positioned at a rear of the train.

11. The method of claim 10, further comprising the step of electrically isolating whichever of the first and second intercar trainline network connectors is indicated as positioned at the rear of the train from the other of the first and second intercar trainline network connectors.

12. The method of claim 11, wherein the selection device comprises a switch that is settable to indicate that the electronically controlled pneumatic railcar is located at the end of the train and to indicate which of the first and second intercar trainline network connectors is positioned at the rear of the train.

13. The method of claim 12, wherein the switch comprises a three way switch is movable between a first position indicating that the first intercar trainline network connector is at the end of the train, a second position indicating that the second intercar trainline network connector is at the end of the train, and a third position indicating that the electronically controlled pneumatic railcar is not at the end of the train.

14. The method of claim 13, wherein the step of operating the selection device to indicate that the electronically controlled pneumatic railcar is at the end of the train comprises manually moving the three way switch to one of the first position or the second position.

15. The method of claim 9, wherein the end-of-train module is further programmed to broadcast a railcar specific identification along with an indication that the

electronically controlled pneumatic railcar has been selected as being located at the end of the train in response to the device indicating that the electronically controlled pneumatic railcar is at the end of the train.