Hitachi Rail to Equip Nordic Re-Finance Locomotives with ERTMS

Hitachi Rail has won a contract with Nordic Re-Finance to equip its Scandinavian fleet with on-board ERTMS and STM (specific transmission module) systems.

The diesel-electric locomotives, Class TMe units, operate in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

A Nordic Re-Finance TMe locomotive
A Nordic Re-Finance TMe locomotive

Hitachi Rail has already started work on this project and hopes the work will be completed in early 2023. The locomotives are used to haul both passenger and freight cars.

The European Rail Traffic Management System is key to digitalising the rail sector.

Eric Morand, Vice President, Nordic Region, said:

“We are honoured to receive the order to upgrade and deliver the latest on-board digital train control solution to Nordic Re Finance’s fleet of TMe locomotives.

“The partnership is an outstanding opportunity for Hitachi Rail to support Nordic Re Finance in the development of an innovative and more sustainable solution with high standards of quality, safety and reliability for their customers in the region. The digitisation of their locomotives will help improve the supply of goods across Sweden, Norway and Denmark.”

The upgrade works will be completed on 27 TMe locomotives. They were originally built in the 1980s by now-defunct German company Henschel for Danish State Railways. DSB phased them out and sold its fleet of TMe locomotives to Nordic Re-Finance in 2021.

The specific transmission module is an interface between the European Vital Computer (in the driving vehicle) for communication with the legacy class B ATP system.

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