New train order
In a deal worth approximately €360 million, Alstom has been awarded a contract to supply 34 regional high-capacity double-deck trains from the Coradia range to CFL (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois) Luxembourg’s national operator.

The new fleet will include 80-metre and 160-metre long trains to be delivered from December 2021 onwards. The trains, which will be able to reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h, will run on the national network, as well as in Belgium and France. “With a total capacity of more than 15,000 seats, these trains will allow CFL to safely carry more passengers, improving mobility and accessibility throughout Luxemburg,” said Gian Luca Erbacci, Alstom Senior Vice President Europe.

The trains for CFL boast the latest technologies offering the best possible experience to both passengers and CFL staff. They feature spacious and well-lit areas for reading and resting, areas for bicycles, as well as dedicated restrooms and areas for people with reduced mobility. The trains are equipped with WiFi and LED lighting. They present easy access for rapid passenger flow and are equipped with a dynamic passenger information system. All coaches are fitted with security cameras to increase passenger and crew safety. The trains meet the highest standards for interoperability and will be equipped with ERTMS (ETCS level 2-baseline 3) and TBL1+ signalling systems.

“Proven technology and at the same time a train that is ready for the future – this is what Alstom is offering us and our travellers. We very much look forward to co-operation in the coming years. The new trains are necessary for the replacement of existing material and to meet the significant expected increase of passengers commuting to Luxemburg,” added Marc Wengler, CEO at CFL.

Entrant to rail sector
News 153 cThe UK’s leading provider of heavy-duty vehicle lifting solutions is looking to take its expertise into the rail sector after signing an exciting new deal with Emanuel. TotalKare is looking to tap into the expertise of the Italian-based manufacturer to expand into the industry by introducing mobile column lifts to train operators for the first time.

Available in a range of lifting capacities (from 5500 – 50,000kg), the columns can be configured in sets of 4 to 128 and are supplied to meet Machine Directive 2006/42/CE and approved to European EN1493.

The columns, which are easily customised, can be used to lift any rolling stock, from wagons and carriages through to complete trains, providing a safe, flexible and comfortable position for operatives to carry out maintenance, repairs and servicing.

“We have been working with Emanuel for five years, and following a number of conversations, we recognised the opportunity to take their manufacturing expertise into the rail sector, where they have similar requirements to provide a safe and fast means of keeping their rolling stock operational,” explained David Hall, Managing Director of TotalKare.

TotalKare’s partnership with Emanuel will be officially showcased for the first time at Railtex in May (14th to 16th), where visitors to the event at the NEC in Birmingham will able to see an array of mobile column lifts on display.

Tram safety
London’s tram network will be the first in the UK to have an automatic braking system after Transport for London (TfL) awarded Engineering Support Group Limited (ESG) the contract to build and install the new safety system by the end of 2019. It will automatically apply the brakes and bring a moving tram to a controlled stop if exceeding the speed limit at designated locations. Work began on the feasibility of introducing this new safety measure, which has not been introduced on any UK trams before, shortly after the tragic overturning at Sandilands, Croydon, in November 2016. It is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2019, including a period of training and familiarisation with tram drivers, and will operate alongside the driver protection device that has been in operation since September 2017, alerting to any signs of driver distraction and fatigue.

Battery power
In a deal that secures a long-term future for battery-powered trains in the UK, Hoppecke Industrial Batteries and Vivarail have confirmed that they will be working together to design and integrate batteries to power Vivarail’s Class 230 passenger trains.

This new deal cements the long-standing relationship between the two companies, and secures long-term commitment for developing battery trains for the UK rail industry. The Class 230 train utilises Hoppecke’s Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), which stores electrical energy and then, when the train comes into a station, pumps 1MW of energy in just eight minutes – sufficient to provide a robust 65-mile range.

Simulations and performance data show that many non-electrified routes can be operated by the Class 230 battery trains for emission-free travel. This means that the costs of both infrastructure upgrades and daily operation are hugely minimised – in some cases by millions of pounds.

Jon Bailey, managing director of Hoppecke UK commented: “We know that Vivarail intends to put battery technology at the heart of its design for the foreseeable future and are delighted to be part of that innovation.”