Category Archives: ERTMS

Level 3 from High Speed Vision to Rural Implementation

Written and edited by Wim Coenraad on behalf of the International Technical Committee of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers INTRODUCTION This article is part of a series of articles by the IRSE-ITC on the subject of “what is preventing … Continue reading

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ERTMS Regional

The International Technical Committee of the IRSE visited the ERTMS Regional pilot line in Sweden during its June 21st, 2011 meeting in Borlänge. ERTMS Regional is a development of Traffikverket, the swedish infrastructure operator, Bombardier and the UIC. It is … Continue reading

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Value for Money in Railway Signalling

Dutch infrastructure manager Prorail has spent years devising its Mistral programme, aimed at renewal of life expired signalling equipment, mostly relay based interlockings more than 50 years old, that account for about 17% of the signalling installations on its network. … Continue reading

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ERTMS Interface Risks

Many ERTMS projects are frustrated by complexity and unmanaged interfaces. Until now it many real-world ERTMS/ETCS implementation projects have been severely delayed and confronted by significant cost overruns. Convincing evidence from a Maturity Growth model, or a real-world multi vendor interoperability demonstration is needed, before we can take the claims that “ERTMS is here today” and “ERTMS can be applied of the shelf” seriously. Continue reading

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Meanwhile in Holland

Commercial traffic on HSL-Zuid has started at 160 kph, the Harbourline was converted to ETMS/ETCS Level 1 very smoothly and the miniature Thalys now operates on the miniature HSL Continue reading

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ERTMS is too complicated

Well, it’s official now. ERTMS is too complicated and Dutch transport minister Eurlings will now consider an alternative train protection system, as as fallback solution, to finally get the much delayed HSL-Zuid line into operation. The combined signalling industry has … Continue reading

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ERTMS Too Complicated for the Dutch

Dutch minister Camiel Eurlings announced yet another delay in commissioning the High Speed Line South, citing the complex ERTMS system which is so complicated that its installation takes longer than expected as the reason Continue reading

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