Alstom is equipping the first test train

The first vehicle to be equipped is a Di8 locomotive owned by Vy. Alstom will rebuild the train at Grorud depot, where you also can find Bane NORs newly inaugurated test and competence centre Campus Nyland.

The Di8 locomotive is the fist test treain to be equipped. Photo: Erland Rasten

This is the first vehicle to be equipped as part of a large frame contract that covers the installation of on-board signalling on 467 trains of 55 different types. Serial train fittings are due to start in 2021, and the first trains switching to ERTMS for commercial service in Norway are planned to be operational by 2022. Installation onboard the complete Norwegian fleet will be completed by 2026.

Alstom will install a solution that features a dual system enabling the trains to run on both legacy lines and lines with the new digital signalling system European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS).

The locomotive will be used for testing on the test line between Hønefoss and Roa, which will open in the spring of 2020. From Campus Nyland, the new signalling technology that will be installed on and along the test line will be tested together with the traffic management system (TMS) and the first three equipped trains. Alstom will also equip a work machine - the so-called yellow machine - and a passenger train, to represent all the vehicles in the Norwegian fleet.

"We are very pleased to now start the next phase of the project and begin installing the hardware on the first vehicle and setting up our depot. The new on-board system will contribute to making the Norwegian railway network more efficient and reliable, reducing delays for passengers and freight services, while guaranteeing the highest levels of safety," said Rob Whyte, Managing Director of Alstom in the Nordics.

The contract for the on-board signalling project was signed in June 2018 and consists of frame contracts for 14 different railway vehicle owners, negotiated by Bane NOR on behalf of the participating train owners.

“A successful ERTMS implementation depends upon operational vehicles. Alstom is the leading company for onboard equipment. I am convinced Alstom will succeed with a timely technical solution as well as the physical rebuild of the trains, and I am very pleased to literally have them onboard. The Norwegian rail vehicle owners put their trust with Alstom,” says Sverre Kjenne, Executive Vice President Digitalisation and Technology, Bane NOR.

Read Alstom’s press release here.