Vossloh to equip its locomotives with Atlas ETCS solution

DE 18 freight locomotivesAlstom and Vossloh Locomotives signed a signalling contract to equip 50 DE 18 freight locomotives with the ETCS Atlas on-board signalling solution.

Once equipped with this ETCS-based train control, the locomotives will be deployed in Germany, France, Luxembourg, and Belgium starting in 2022.

This signalling contract, worth almost EUR 20 million, includes an option to equip up to 30 additional locomotives and will improve dynamic cross border freight operation between the four countries.

“Alstom’s latest onboard signalling technology solutions will secure the competitiveness of our locomotives, which in particular guarantees more flexibility in the use of our products in international cross border freight traffic”, Bernd Hoppe, the Executive Director and General Manager of Vossloh Locomotives GmbH said.

The Atlas ETCS Level 2 signalling solution deployed for Vossloh Locomotives is based on the latest Baseline 3 Release 2 standard.

For Luxembourg lines, the DE 18 freight locomotives will operate under ETCS Level 1 while the Contrôle de vitesse par balises software solution will be deployed on SNCF’s French freight network.

For their use in Belgium, the freight trains will be equipped with the additional Belgian Transmissie Baken-Locomotief or Transmission Balise-Locomotive (TBL1+) train control system.

The three systems will then be integrated into Alstom’s Tri-Standard solution (TriStd).

To enable operation on the German rail network, Alstom’s Atlas solution will be used to integrate and manage the German Punktförmige Zugbeeinflussung (PZB) system. The state-of-the-art solution will provide dynamic cross-border transition between the above-mentioned countries and can even be extended to operate in the Netherlands, an option which has also been agreed upon.

Vossloh Locomotives will manufacture the locomotives and install the Alstom TriStd system at its plant in Kiel, Germany. For the installation of the signalling equipment Alstom’s Saint Ouen, Charleroi, Villeurbanne and Berlin locations will cooperate and conduct integration tests (T&C) of the TriStd system on all locomotives.

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