Alstom to Equip 50 Vossloh Locomotives with Atlas On-Board Signalling Solution

Alstom has signed an agreement with Vossloh Locomotives to equip 50 of their DE 18 freight locomotives with its on-board signalling solution Atlas.

Once equipped with ETCS (European Train Control System), the locomotives will be deployed in Germany, France, Luxembourg, and Belgium starting in 2022. This contract, worth almost 20m euros (23.71m USD), includes an option to equip up to 30 additional locomotives and will improve dynamic cross-border freight operation between the four countries.

Michael Konias, Head of Digital and Integrated Systems at Alstom for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, said:

“We are looking forward to this groundbreaking order in the freight sector. Equipping such a large number of new freight locomotives with our signalling technology is a significant milestone and will enable multi-country operation.”

The Atlas ETCS Level 2 signalling solution deployed for Vossloh Locomotives is based on the latest Baseline 3 Release 2 standard. For Luxembourg lines, the locomotives will operate under ETCS Level 1 while the Contrôle de vitesse par balises software solution will be deployed on SNCF’s French freight network.

For their use in Belgium, the freight trains will be equipped with the additional Belgian Transmissie Baken-Locomotief or Transmission Balise-Locomotive (TBL1+) train control system. The three systems will then be integrated into Alstom’s Tri-Standard solution (TriStd).

To enable operation on the German rail network, Alstom’s Atlas solution will be used to integrate and manage the German Punktförmige Zugbeeinflussung (PZB) system. This solution will provide dynamic cross-border transition between these countries and can be extended to operate in the Netherlands, an option which has also been agreed upon.

Dr Bernd Hoppe, Executive Director and General Manager of Vossloh Locomotives, said

“Alstom's latest on-board signalling technology solutions will secure the competitiveness of our locomotives, which in particular guarantees more flexibility in the use of our products in international cross border freight traffic.”

Vossloh Locomotives will manufacture the locomotives and install the Alstom TriStd system at its plant in Kiel, Germany.

For the installation of the signalling equipment, Alstom’s Saint Ouen, Charleroi, Villeurbanne and Berlin locations will cooperate and conduct integration tests (T&C) of the TriStd system on all locomotives.

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