Germany: Bombardier finalizes major rail control upgrade in Wuppertal

Bombardier Transportation, with its German joint venture (JV) InoSig Gmb, has marked the start of upgraded operations at Wuppertal station, one of Germany’s major regional junctions for long-distance traffic. This latest milestone in the upgrade of the German rail network features the replacement of three over 40-year old electrical interlocking units by one of Bombardier’s latest-generation, advanced EBI Lock 950 computer-based rail control solutions bringing benefits including timetable optimisation as the system is now able to manage bi-directional track operation.
Comprising interlocking computer, transmission system and wayside object controller, EBI Lock provides the interface between central traffic control and trackside equipment to ensure trains run safely and efficiently. The introduction of the modern, faster-operating interlocking at Wuppertal will enable operators to manage rail traffic more efficiently. A high-capacity system, EBI Lock 950 brings the benefit of central control of all 25 km of track managed from the station, reducing interfaces, equipment and maintenance requirements and so potential passenger delays. In this context catenary, telecommunication, power supply and track works have also been renewed.
“Wuppertal is an important national and regional railway hub in Germany. Our modern, centralised and more efficient EBI Lock rail control technology will improve the reliability of passenger services, as well as enable future increases in capacity on this already-stretched area of the network. We are proud to have supported our long-term customer Deutsche Bahn Netz AG through this latest, upgrade, to provide our high-quality solution for this complex project for the scheduled start of operations,” Michael Fohrer, Bombardier Transportation Head of Germany, said.
East of North Rhine-Westphalia’s capital Düsseldorf, Wuppertal is a junction for high-speed ICE services between major cities including Berlin-Cologne and Hamburg-Munich as well as regional lines and suburban S-Bahn connections for the city’s 350,000 residents. The station’s current traffic totals over 500 trains per day with the use of the new system.

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