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Alstom to equip German ICE3 trains with its onboard ATLAS control system


At present, ICE3 trains run on cross border rail lines linking Frankfurt to Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris. They are currently fitted with 9 different control systems. Initially, ATLAS technology is to be installed alongside existing systems which will then be completely phased out.
“Alstom offers a simple and proven solution allowing ICE3 to circulate in four countries with a unique train control system. With this new ETCS order, Alstom confirms its position as leader in the field of train interoperability on the European network,” said Roland Kientz, North Europe Senior Vice President for Alstom Transport.

The contract follows several deals won by Alstom in 2007 to supply the ATLAS system for Siemens built locomotives, which include 60 Eurosprinter T18 locomotives ordered by SNCB (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Belges) and 26 BR189 Deutsche Bahn operated locomotives.

With more than 500 trains in commercial service using the ATLAS system and more than 6.9 million km covered, Alstom holds a 70 per cent market share of onboard ERTMS² signalling equipment. Alstom is currently part of more than 20 ERTMS projects in 10 European countries, including the Rome-Naples line in Italy, the first very high speed line with a level 2 ERTMS system, and the Mattesten-Rothrist line in Switzerland serving the largest fleet of ERTMS equipped trains.

About Alstom Transport
Whilst promoting a policy of sustainable mobility, Alstom Transport develops and provides the most comprehensive range of systems, equipment and services on the railway market. Alstom Transport can manage entire transport systems, encompassing rolling stock, signalling and infrastructure, and offer “turnkey” solutions. Sales figures for the 2006-2007 fiscal year made Alstom Transport the number one worldwide leader in the sector. In the first 9 months of the 2007-2008 fiscal year, Alstom recorded a 38 per cent increase in orders and a 21 per cent rise in sales compared to the same period in the previous year.

¹ ETCS: European Train Control System
² ERTMS: European Railway Management System

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