Softronic Orders ETCS Level 2 Equipment from Thales for LEMA Locomotives

Softronic has chosen Thales to deliver and equip five LEMA 6000 kW locomotives with ETCS Level 2 and PZB vehicle equipment.

This is one of Thales first ETCS Level 2 on-board systems in Europe.

The LEMA 6000 kW locomotives are suitable for the traction of very heavy trains and can operate in cross-border traffic throughout the EU on routes with an overhead line voltage of 15kV or 25kV.

These vehicles will operate across Romania, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia.

Markus Fritz, VP, Main Line Signalling Domain Germany, Thales Deutschland, said:

“We're very pleased about this first ETCS Level 2 on-board system project in the Balkans as it opens up new possibilities for further business activities in a high-potential ETCS market.

“Together with our partner Softronic, we lay the foundation of a successful and long-term cooperation in the Romanian market and thus shape the future of modern and safe rail transportation.”

The Romania-based locomotive manufacturer Softronic has also requested that the vehicles are equipped with the Czech train control system MIREL.

This work will be undertaken by HMH in Slovenia.

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