Swedish rail maintenance company Infranord awarded Hitachi Rail a contract to install new on board digital signalling technologies on two yellow maintenance trains.
The digitisation of these vehicles will help Infranord to better maintain rail infrastructure across the region.
Under the contract, Hitachi Rail will design, build, install, test and commission the on board signalling system based on ERTMS technology and STM-ATC2, the system that enable the locomotives equipped with ERTMS embedded signalling system to run on conventional line not yet equipped with ERTMS trackside technology.
Whilst these technologies are more common on passenger and freight rolling stock, using the technology on maintenance trains represents an innovative step for both Infranord and Hitachi Rail.
“We are delighted to be supporting Infranord in the transition towards digitisation of its yellow maintenance trains in Scandinavia, with our on-board signalling systems. These technologies are more commonly used on passenger and freight rolling stock. Using the technology on maintenance trains represents an innovative step for both Infranord and Hitachi Rail,” Eric Morand, VP Nordics Hitachi Rail, said.
The maintenance trains, referred to as “Tb locos”, are used to safely and reliably maintain the rail network regardless of the challenging winter weather conditions.
Infranord, a railway maintenance and construction company, owns more than 200 yellow maintenance machines running in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The company has an extensive assembly of equipment and manufactures its own railway engineering products and components.