Thursday, June 07, 2012

Alstom lands Wuppertal signaling contract

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Alstom Thursday said it has signed a signaling system contract worth 17 million euros ($21.4 million) with WSW mobil GmbH to install an ERTMS1-based train command and control system on the 13.3-kilometer (8.2-mile) Wuppertaler Schwebebahn line. The Schwebebahn, or monorail, began service in 1901.

Alstom said its ALTLASTM 400 signal system installation would also include work on 31 rail vehicles, "as well as on the historical 'Kaiserwagen' [Emperor's car], which is over a century old."

The signaling system is based on ETCS Level 2+2 technology, including trackside and trainborne sub-systems, Alstom said. At the end of this project, WSW will operate its vehicles under ETCS Level 2+ supervision, without lineside signals.

"We are proud that WSW has chosen Alstom for the implementation," said Martin Lange, managing director of Alstom Deutschland AG. "This project allows us to make a big step towards the introduction of ETCS technology in Germany."

System components will be produced at Alstom's sites in Villeurbanne, France, and Bologna, Italy.