Hitachi Rail STS has signed a contract to equip VR Finland’s newly ordered fleet of diesel locomotives with European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) technology.

The company secured the order from Stadler Rail Valencia, which is delivering 60 locomotives to the Finnish railway firm.

Compatible with ERTMS Baseline 3.6 and the Finnish JKV-STM train control system, the on-board ERTMS system will help in improving interoperability and availability of the trains.

The contract also includes the option of further deliveries up to 2030.

With this new order, Hitachi Rail aims to improve its position as an on-board ERTMS system supplier to Nordic train operators.

Hitachi Rail Nordics region vice-president Eric Morand said: “Over the last few years, we have experienced an unprecedented increase in the Nordic ERTMS on-board market, both for the upgrade of existing fleets and equipping brand new trains.

“This latest order confirms not only Hitachi’s leading position in the ERTMS on-board Nordic market, providing the highest standards of quality, safety and reliability, but also underlines our long-standing relationship with Stadler following the recent entry into passenger service of their KISS / DOSTO trains, utilising our ERTMS technology, on the Mälab regional network.”

In April, VR ordered 60 diesel-electric locomotives from Stadler. The new trains will help VR to improve operational efficiency on non-electrified lines, in marshalling yards and freight terminals.

The contract included an option for the delivery of up to 100 further locomotives.