ERTMS debate closes Signalling & Train Control 2013


The challenges and opportunities posed by European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) dominate the final day of the Fourth Annual Signalling & Train Control conference in Vienna today.

The first sessions of the morning examine how best to deliver, finance and exploit the wide-ranging functionality of ERTMS – issues which are relevant to almost all rail networks in Europe and beyond. Following this hard-hitting series of presentations is an examination of alternatives to the pan-European signalling system used in Japan and Australia, with a particular focus on delivering worthwhile improvements on low capacity lines.

After workshops over lunch covering interoperability and homogenising operational rules, the successful conference concludes with a roundtable debate on what future signalling systems might deliver and in particular the benefits and costs of extending automation.

It’s been another highly successful conference by Global Transport Forum, and the final day of discussion and debate looks set to be as intriguing and provocative as the two previous days.

Signalling professionals gather in Vienna


The Fourth Annual Signalling and Train Control conference starts at the Hilton Vienna today, promising three days of debate and discussion on the biggest issues affecting the railway signalling industry.

Today sees two workshops take place ahead of the main discussions which start on March 20. The first workshop is called ‘Cost Effective Development of Interlockings and ERTMS’ and covers case studies on Stockholm Metro and RATP, with discussions on increased capacity in delivery of signalling systems, meeting SENELEC SIL 4 requirements, and the transition from ‘tribal knowledge’ to formal specification.

The second workshop is led by Alexandre Girandi, Head of Railway Certification Department at Multitel. His opening presentation will be ‘Meeting Certification Requirements on time and on budget’, followed by an open debate and discussion covering ensuring cross-acceptance and interoperability, conformity with both TSIs and national rules, common safety methods and standardisation, guaranteeing effective validation and assessment strategies, and overcoming challenges and eradicating errors.

It looks like a strong start to a conference which is rapidly establishing itself as an important forum for signalling professionals – if you’re at the event, why not contact us and tell us what you think?

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Siemens converts DBS locomotives for cross-border operations

Siemens is to convert 32 DB Schenker class 189 electric locomotives for cross-border operations between Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, which include electrified branch lines. Siemens will fit the locomotives with the requisite automatic train protection and safety systems for use on Polish and Czech lines, offering further proof that these days, signalling isn’t confined to lineside installations.

The 32 class 189s to be converted will be the last in a fleet of 90 configured for cross-border operations, with the first 58 in use  between Germany and the Netherlands. The latest tranche will also meet homologation criteria for operation in Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and Austria.