ArcelorMittal is one of the selected suppliers of Deutsche Bahn for its network renewal and expansion programs. Deliveries include 120m rails, suitable for high-speed trains, providing high safety standards due to a reduced need for welding. Beyond the delivery contract, ArcelorMittal and DB are also cooperating to develop new rail products together.
Rails delivered by ArcelorMittal renewed 20km railroad track between Rostock and Wismar in East Germany. This line secures public transport in the region and provides the infrastructure for long-distance freight transport from and to the port in Wismar.
GALGUS, worldwide leader developing embedded software for WiFi network optimization, and ELTEC, one of the most prestigious WiFi access point manufacturer for rail, have concluded the integration of Galgus CHT software with ELTEC WiFi APs Cybox AP 2-W and Cybox AP-W. Customers using these APs, or buying new units, will be able to install Galgus CHT software on them, increasing the WiFi throughput by intelligent distribution of WiFi clients, adding remote cloud management to the APs, additional anti-hacking security WIPS/WIDS, fast roaming between access points, WiFi client location, etc.
The Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) updates the cabins of their metro vehicles with the latest Luznor LR series torch.
The model LR-BVG, which carries their name and logotype, contains the new LED technology as main light source and a combination of red and white LEDs as rear signalling functions.
Besides, the torch has three levels of constant lighting and three types of intermittency on the front part.
Luznor used the most modern technology in its design and construction in order to achieve both a pleasant ergonomics and aesthetics as well as great resistance and reliability.
Alstom Spain will supply 38 Citadis trams to Stadtwerke Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main (VGF), the transport operator in Frankfurt, Germany. All the trams, with special adaptations for the German market, will be manufactured at Alstom industrial site in Santa Perètua (Barcelona) .
The Citadis for Frankfurt is a 100% low floor vehicle, offering superior passenger experience with large glass surfaces, LEDs for soft, homogeneous lighting, large individual seats and travel information on large screens. It includes innovations such as driver assistance systems, automatic dipped beam, and rain sensors. The three-car tram will be 31.5 metres long with a maximum capacity of 197 passengers. Double-doors along the entire length of the tram ensure enhanced accessibility.
Special adaptations for the German market include four pivoting bogies to allow maximum vehicular flexibility, and carriages made of steel.
Simulators have proven to be the essential piece in training new drivers.
One of the most recent examples is the project completed by the German operator Rhein-Neckar Verkehr (RNV). In 2016, RNV awarded LANDER with not only a contract for an ambitious training centre project but also its full trust in that both companies would be capable of the corresponding 18-month journey.
This venture culminated recently with the installation of 3 simulators, which will work with Germany’s largest public transport alliance to provide support in training drivers who transport thousands of people every day.
BOMBARDIER TRANSPORTATION SPAIN
Bombardier Trápaga´s factory is currently developing the traction converters for the propulsion systems of the TRAXX AC3 locomotives that Bombardier has been supplying in recent years to the German Railways, DB, after signing a framework agreement, valid until 2020, for the supply of 450 electric locomotives. Currently, Bombardier Spain has supplied 66 traction converters out of a total of 136, for this locomotive version. This version belongs to the most modern four-axle locomotive platform in Europe.
It consists of the TRAXX AC3 (alternating current), the TRAXX MS3 (Multi-System, for all main currents in Europe) and the TRAXX DC3.Precisely this platform is the one that Bombardier would be analyzing for the possible tenders contemplated within the Plan of Impulse to the Railway Freight Transport 2017-2023. The ‘Last Mile’ traction mode allows connecting non-electrified track sections, compensating for possible power failures.
A 23-kilometer-long section of the S-Bahn Line 21 between the Berliner Tor and Bergedorf/Aumühle stations will be equipped for fully automated operation as well as the four trains that will run along this section.
The project is foreseen to be concluded in October 2021 when Hamburg hosts the World Congress for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). The agreement for this first phase, considered as a pilot, has been signed recently by Deutsche Bahn, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and Siemens. The technical basis for the highly automated operation on the line is the future European Automatic Train Operation (ATO) standard via the radio-based European Train Control System Level 2 (ETCS).
STADLER RAIL VALENCIA
Stadler has participated in numerous projects in Germany supplying the rolling stock. Specifically, Stadler Valencia has supplied more than 100 light vehicles to different German cities including the 13 trams 100% low floor TRAMLINK of Rostock. AVG and VBK, the local operators of Karlsruhe, have purchased a total of 75 LRV from the CITYLINK family and Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachsen 12 bi-mode tram-trains of the same family to connect the tram network of Chemnitz with its commuter rail network without transshipments. In addition, Stadler Valencia has manufactured the bogies and coaches of the Wuppertaler Schwebebahn suspension train.
Regarding rail freight transport, the German operator HVLE has become the launch customer of the EURODUAL, the new generation of six-axle bi-mode locomotives developed by Stadler.
In 2013 Freiburger Verkehrs-AG, the public transport authority for the city of Freiburg awarded CAF the supply of 12 Urbos low-floor tramways. The units, composed of seven modules each, haven been providing revenue service for more than two years. This year the German city has renewed its trust in CAF with a new award of 5 additional units. This contract contemplates the eventual extension of the procurement with yet another 7 unit order.
Furthermore, CAF is manufacturing new Light Rail Vehicles for Zweckverband Schönbuchbahn (ZVS). The project includes the supply and maintenance of 9 electric units composed of three cars each. The units will run in the network operated by ZVS, specifically in the line connecting Böblingen, Holzgerlingen and Dettenhausen.