Packed agenda at Signalling & Train Control Conference


Delegates attending the Fourth Annual Signalling & Train Control Conference in Vienna have a packed agenda today, covering the full spectrum of challenges and opportunities facing signalling professionals.

Beginning with a presentation on Securing funding for TEN-T projects to advance signalling networks cost-effectively, the conference has what promises to be an intriguing operator keynote speech – Economy of onboard signalling investment and operation for railway undertakings – and a panel debate called ‘Successfully financing new signalling systems and effective planning to ensure successful deployment.’

In the afternoon the fast-paced tone continues with three separate workshops on harmonising testing procedures, enhancing lifecycle and return on investment in telecommunications, and cab signalling and increasing capacity. They are followed by an informal drinks reception.

It looks like another fascinating day in Vienna, with more to follow tomorrow.

DB opts for first ever ERTMS Level 2 installation

Deutsche Bahn’s first ever installation of European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Level 2 is set to take place on the new 230km line from Ebensfeld via Erfurt to Halle and Leipzig in a contract worth EUR 93 million.

Siemens is equipping the route with interlockings and automatic train protection systems, while Kapsch is supplying the GSM-R system for communication between the radio block centre and the trains. The project will be commissioned in two phases between 2015 and 2017.

The route is part of German Unity Transport Project No. 8 (VDE8) which also includes the high-speed line from Nuremburg to Berlin – itself part of the Trans European Transport Network from Scandinavia to Italy.

The Froschgrundsee Viaduct is one of the signature structures on the new Ebensfeld-Erfurt railway, which will be Germany’s first ERTMS Level 2 installation. Its span is 270m. Credit: Deutsche Bahn AG/Frank Kniestedt.