Alstom and Siemens scoop signalling deals

Siemens is to upgrade the signalling and depot operations control centre of Buenos Aires’ Subway Line C in a €30 million contract. The company will also install a new passenger information system on the 5km route. Automatic operation is provided via Trainguard MT Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) while the Controlguide Vicos operations control system monitors trains. Radio transmissions are handled by Siemens’ Airlink technology. The upgrade will take place without interruption of normal service and commissioning is planned for the end of 2016.

A further contract for Siemens will see it supply signalling and train control systems for Korean Rail’s 23km Sosa to Wonsi line in a €20 million contract for Hyundai Information Technology. The route, which is under construction, is part of the Northern Orbital railway around Seoul and will serve 13 stations. It will diverge from the existing Seoul to Incheon line at Bucheon. As with Buenos Aires, Trainguard MT will provide Automatic Train Operation and the route will also be fitted for European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 1 operation to allow mainline and commuter trains to share the same tracks.

Completing a week of major signalling contracts, Alstom is to supply ETCS onboard equipment to Belgian National Railways (SNCB) and German Rail (DB). The Belgian contract is worth €70 million and will see the company supply and maintain Atlas 200 equipment on 449 trains of five types. SNCB will install the equipment from 2016. In Germany, Alstom is supplying onboard ETCS equipment for 40 ICE 1 trains in a €23 million deal with an option to fit a further 19 sets.

Signalling news this week – ETCS for ICEs, and South Africa signs Gauteng upgrade deal

With less than four weeks until the end of the year, two major new signalling and train control announcements have been made in Germany and South Africa.

DB is inviting tenders for the equipment of ICE1 power cars with onboard ETCS equipment. Credit: DB

DB is inviting tenders for the equipment of ICE1 power cars with onboard ETCS equipment. Credit: DB

Deutsche Bahn – a railway whose enthusiasm for European Train Control System has been rather muted compared with its neighbours – is inviting tenders to fit ETCS onboard equipment to 80 ICE1 Electric Multiple Unit power cars with a potential option for a further 38 to be fitted. Although DB’s use of ETCS is relatively small, the ICE1s operate extensively to Switzerland and Austria, which are both rolling out the signalling system nationally.

Siemens, meanwhile, is to install new signalling and train control systems in the Gauteng region of South Africa in a €180 million contract to be finished by 2018. Having already installed up to date signalling on a quarter of the Gauteng network, it will now install 83 Trackguard Sicas S7 interlockings, Clearguard ACM 200 axle counting equipment, and a track vacancy detection system to determine whether track sections are clear. It’s the latest in a series of South African deals for Siemens, which has also won contracts from Transnet Freight Rail to upgrade the 860km Orex iron-ore line with Trackguard Sicas S7 interlockings.

Siemens completes ETCS onboard fit for MRCE

One of MRCE's newly certified ETCS locomotives for operation in Austria, Germany and Hungary. Credit: Siemens.

One of MRCE’s newly certified ETCS locomotives for operation in Austria, Germany and Hungary. Credit: Siemens.

Siemens has finished its project to equip 30 ES64U2 locomotives with onboard European Train Control System (ETCS) equipment for Mitsui Rail Capital Europe (MRCE), and the fleet is now approved for operation in Germany, Austria and Hungary in ETCS and legacy signalling modes.

The onboard equipment is Siemens’ highly regarded Trainguard 200 system, and MRCE claims that none of its competitor leasing companies currently offer ETCS locomotives certified for operation in the three countries.

Siemens, meanwhile, says it is pleased with the rapid completion of the project – two years from receipt of the order to the handover of modified and approved vehicles is “no mean feat for this type of project,” according to Siemens Rail Systems Locomotives and Components CEO Karl-Hermann Klausecker.