Alpha Trains will upgrade 77 locomotives with the ETCS Baseline 3 Release 2 which will offer a competitive advantage by simplifying the cross-border traffic.
Alpha Trains has contracted Alstom/Bombardier Transportation for the implementation of the upgrade of the Traxx locomotives. The upgrade to ETCS Baseline 3, Release 2 for the 22 Vossloh locomotives will be carried out by Alstom Belgium.
55 are Bombardier Traxx 186 homologated for Germany, Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands, 8 are Vossloh G1206 and 14 are Vossloh G2000 locomotives, all Vossloh locomotives are homologated for Germany and the Netherlands. 9 Vossloh G1000 locomotives from Alpha Trains for operation in Germany and Luxembourg have already been equipped with ETCS Baseline 3 Maintenance Release 1.
Alstom/Bombardier Transportation will upgrade the Traxx locomotives. The upgrade to ETCS Baseline 3, Release 2 for the 22 Vossloh locomotives will be carried out by Alstom Belgium.
The upgrade of the Traxx, the G1206 and the G2000 locomotives is part of the Dutch European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) programme and is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
“Upgrading our locomotives to ETCS Baseline 3 Release 2 marks an important milestone for our locomotive business. Supported by the European Union, we are developing the prototypes for upgrading Vossloh G1206 and G2000 to the new standard. As the first mover in Continental Europe’s rail leasing sector, we have one vision: to ease passenger and freight transport in Europe, to enable modal shift from road to rail and to play an active role for a better and greener future”, Shaun Mills, CEO Alpha Trains Group said.
The new ETCS BL 3 Release 2 standard enables permanent communication between the vehicle and the tracks. The train drivers receive driving commands such as permitted speed, target speed and distance, on their display and not via signals on the track. ETCS Baseline 3 provides clear competitive advantages for our customers. It enables cross border interoperability and reduces infrastructure costs through the replacement of national safety systems. More than 20 different train control-command systems which are currently in use in Europe will be replaced by a single harmonised system.