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11.06.13

ETCS test proves a success for Hitachi

Hitachi has successfully tested its onboard ETCS (European Train Control System) with Network Rail’s Cambrian Line signalling system and achieved ETCS level 2 operation.

The Class 97301 locomotive has been retrofitted with the system to prove interoperability with other systems currently in use. The Verification – Train 3 project is trialling the equipment and the locomotive was driven under its own power with ETCS Level 2 via the GSM-R radio network in various operational modes such as ‘Staff Responsible’, ‘On Sight’, ‘Shunting’ and ‘Full Supervision’ without any operational failures.

Network Rail is implementing ETCS in a phased programme of trackside and associated train fitment.

Richard Tomlin, signalling project manager at Hitachi Rail Europe, said: “We have been working towards this key milestone for some time now and are delighted that we achieved this operation at a very early stage in the project. It gives us the opportunity to prove to the industry that our technology has full interoperability and can communicate with other suppliers’ systems. We are now able to move into the next phase of test running”.

Jim Doughty, project manager at Network Rail, commented: “The success of the Hitachi trials demonstrates Network Rail’s continued commitment to supporting the purveyors of ETCS Onboard Systems and to providing a fully interoperable ETCS system within the UK.”

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Image shows the Hitachi ETCS Simulator.

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