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Spain: Thales Repair Line in Record Time Following Theft

Image courtesy of Thales
Image courtesy of Thales

A theft of 360m of copper wiring on 15 December 2015, forming part of the 3,000 volt power cable which powers electric trains through the La Llagosta region in Spain, rendered services disrupted. Thales repaired lines R2, R8 and R11 in record-breaking time, restoring not only power to vehicles but also repairing the other wiring and IT devices that were damaged in the theft. This damage led to a network overload and a fire.

Thales’ team of 40 engineers and railway repair men repaired the signalling installations, ensuring that service was restored to carry the 60,000 passengers a day who travel on the line. The installation of a brand new traffic control system at Mollet San Fost was up and running just four weeks after the incident. Installing the TCS also required the replacement of around 40,000m of cable.

The theft and subsequent damage and fire damage caused a shutdown of the original TCS, which disrupted train services which could no longer arrive and depart automatically. The tasks had to be carried out manually, which resulted in significant delays. Thales quick and efficient works minimised this disruption.

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