Monday, April 19, 2010

Spain approves Bombardier’s ETCS technology

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Bombardier Transportation said Monday its EBI Cab 2000 automatic train protection (ATP) system has been approved for commercial operation on Spain’s high speed AVE S-130 trains. It is the first such approval of an AVE S-130 train equipped with the Bombardier onboard European Train Control System (ETCS) rail control technology.

RENFE, Spain’s national rail operator, can now increase the commercial speed from the present 200 km/h to 250 km/h (from 125 mph to 155 mph) and therefore reduce the travel times in some of its routes, Bombardier said.

RENFE ordered 45 AVE S-130 trains withvariable gauge from a Talgo-Bombardier consortium in order to serve the entire Spanish railway network, operating under AC and DC current systems as well as under all existing ATP systems in Spain. Bombardier said this train series is the only one in the RENFE fleet that can work with all the existing national signaling technologies (ERTMS, LZB, EBI Cab 900 TBS, and ASFA).

 

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Bombardier is providing the complete electric and electronic equipment, including the propulsion and auxiliary power systems and the ATP system. The approval of the EBI Cab 2000 system covers operation in ETCS Level 1 and Level STM (specific transmission module) mode and will allow the AVE S-130 trains to make dynamic transitions between ETCS Level 1 and all national wayside ATP systems by interfacing with integrated STMs.

 

The train-by-train authorization for the Bombardier’s ETCS technology has initially been awarded for 23 trains to operate on the Madrid-Valladolid and Madrid-Lérida lines.

 

Anders Lindberg, head of the Bombardier Transporation Rail Control Solutions Division, said in a statement, “This is a significant milestone for Bombardier in Spain and adds to our global portfolio of ERTMS deliveries. In addition, we are pleased to be contributing to the high speed rail program being implemented in Spain, one of the most advanced in the world.”