April 27, 2010

Bombardier's train control technology approved in Spain

The Bombardier EBI Cab 2000 automatic train protection (ATP) system was approved for commercial operation on the high-speed AVE S-130 trains.

This is the first approval of an AVE S-130 train equipped with the Bombardier onboard European Train Control System (ETCS) rail control technology. RENFE, the Spanish National Rail Operator can increase the commercial speed from approximately 124 mph to 155 mph and, therefore, reduce the travel times in some of its routes.

RENFE ordered 45 AVE S-130 trains with variable gauge from the Talgo-Bombardier consortium in order to serve the entire Spanish railway network, operating under AC and DC current systems as well as under all existing ATP systems in Spain. This train series is the only one in the RENFE fleet that can work with all the existing national signaling technologies (ERTMS, LZB, EBI Cab 900 TBS and ASFA).

Bombardier is providing the complete electric and electronic equipment including the propulsion and auxiliary power systems and the ATP system. The approval of the EBI Cab 2000 system covers operation in ETCS Level 1 and Level STM (specific transmission module) mode and will allow the AVE S-130 trains to make dynamic transitions between ETCS Level 1 and all national wayside ATP systems by interfacing with integrated STMs.

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