Bombardier to provide ETCS Baseline 3 upgrades for Railpool TRAXX trains

21 December 2020 (Last Updated December 21st, 2020 12:17)

Global mobility provider Bombardier Transportation has secured a contract from rail vehicle rental firm Railpool to provide European Train Control System (ETCS) Baseline 3 upgrade for 73 Bombardier TRAXX MS2 trains.

Bombardier to provide ETCS Baseline 3 upgrades for Railpool TRAXX trains
Starting with 39 vehicles for the Netherlands, the locomotives will be upgraded in a sequence. Credit: Marcel von Eupen/Railpool.

Global mobility provider Bombardier Transportation has secured a contract from rail vehicle rental firm Railpool to provide European Train Control System (ETCS) Baseline 3 upgrade for 73 Bombardier TRAXX MS2 trains.

The locomotives will be upgraded starting with 39 vehicles for the Netherlands.

The new ETCS standard will enable increased safety from an improved brake curve model and provide better information for the driver before level crossings.

Furthermore, it also allows cold movement detection for more effective operation and amplified safety for parked trains.

Railpool CEO Torsten Lehnert said: “The upgrade of these locomotives from ETCS Baseline 2 to ETCS Baseline 3 makes our TRAXX MS2 locomotives more future-proof. The harmonization coming with ETCS Baseline 3 reduces complexity and increases interoperability. Parts of the track infrastructure won’t be needed any longer.

“We expect benefits for our customers like higher operational performance, lower infrastructure costs and higher availability after this change.”

Bombardier Transportation global business development locomotives head Peter Ammann said: “The new order is an expansion of our successful partnership with Railpool, with whom we have continuously developed our platform for over a decade and to whom we delivered their 200th TRAXX locomotive only a few weeks ago.

“Now we are deepening this partnership also in relation to the existing fleet in order to secure the asset value and the competitiveness of the vehicles over the lifetime.”

In November, Bombardier Transportation secured a new contract to deliver ten Traxx MS3 locomotives to Luxembourg-based railway undertaking CFL cargo.

The new locomotives will enable cross-border freight transport and facilitate haulage between Central Europe and France.

The company said that it has sold over 2,300 TRAXX locomotives in the past 20 years, achieving a total annual mileage of 300 million kilometres.

They are also certified to function in 20 countries around the world.