Bombardier upgrades Wuppertal station's signalling system in Germany


Bombardier Transportation and its German joint venture (JV) InoSig have begun upgrade works on several electrical interlocking units at Wuppertal station, Germany.

The upgrade initiative will see the company replace three 40-year old electrical interlocking units, which form an important part of the rail signalling system.

Bombardier is expected to replace the existing systems with its advanced EBI Lock 950 computer-based rail control solutions.

The system will be able to manage bi-directional track operation easily using the new technology.

Bombardier Transportation Germany head Michael Fohrer said: “Wuppertal is an important national and regional railway hub in Germany.

“Our modern, centralised and more efficient EBI Lock rail control technology will improve the reliability of passenger services, as well as enable future increases in capacity on this already-stretched area of the network.”

"Our modern, centralised and more efficient EBI Lock rail control technology will improve the reliability of passenger services, as well as enable future increases in capacity."

The new EBI Lock CBI systems comprise an interlocking computer, transmission system and wayside object controller to ensure safe and faster train movement by providing an interface between central traffic control and trackside equipment.

The technology will also enable the central control to manage all 25km of track from the station facility, thereby reducing interfaces, equipment and maintenance requirements.

Bombardier‘s JV has also upgraded associated telecommunication, power supply and track works as a part of the arrangement.

Bombardier has supplied roughly 1,500 EBI Lock CBI systems to more than 55 customers worldwide to date, including a total of 12 EBI Lock units that have been installed for Deutsche Bahn Netz, which operates 30 stations in Germany.


Image: An employee checks the train traffic with modern technic by Bombardier. Photo: courtesy of Bombardier.