Deutsche Bahn Establishes Digital Railway Company
Deutsche Bahn has established Digitale Schiene Deutschland GmbH to drive forward the digital transformation in the rail industry.
On 23 September Railway-News reported that as part of its new digital railway company, Deutsche Bahn was retrofitting 17 of its ICE 3 trains with ETCS technology.
Deutsche Bahn has awarded this contract to Alstom.
Alstom will equip the internationally operating high-speed trains with its Atlas ETCS solution. This contract is a step towards the trains being equipped for the new ETCS Level 2 high-speed line between Stuttgart and Ulm. Further advantages of retrofitting these trains is that they will be able to access the Belgian network and they will be able to use ETCS on the entirety of the French high-speed line between Paris and Strasbourg.
“Together with Deutsche Bahn, we are setting another important milestone for interoperability in the European rail network. We are glad to decisively shape the digitalization of the European rail industry.”
Alstom will work with the manufacturer of the ICE 3, Siemens, to integrate the ETCS system into the on-board control technology. Homologation will take place step by step in Germany, for cross-border routes into Switzerland, in Belgium and in France.
Two of Alstom’s sites in Germany – Braunschweig and Salzgitter (both Lower Saxony) – will participate in installing the ETCS system. This includes dismantling the current system. These sites will also oversee the commissioning of the new system. Lastly, Alstom will service the Atlas system for the next six years.
Alstom’s site in Berlin will be responsible for project management. However, sites in Belgium and France will also be involved. Charleroi for design and engineering and Paris and Villeurbanne for product development and manufacturing.
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