The 500th Vectron locomotive is equipped with ETCS Level 2

Posted: 14 January 2019 | | No comments yet

Alstom has installed European Train Control System (ETCS) on Vectron locomotives for 37 different operators across Europe.


The 500th Vectron locomotive from Siemens Mobility has been successfully equipped and commissioned with ATLAS 200, Alstom’s ETCS Level 2 solution.

The project, that entailed the design, supply, homologation, testing and commissioning of the on-board equipment, has been in progress since 2008.

“The project team and all the contributors can be proud to say that most Vectron locomotives in Europe are equipped with ETCS from Alstom. This is the biggest ever cross border fleet running in 13 European countries,” said Xavier Champaud, Managing Director of Alstom’s site in Charleroi (Belgium).

ETCS Level 2 optimises line capacity in complete safety by anticipating and adapting the speed of the trains through continuous train control and supervision via a radio-based signalling system.

Alstom offers a package of 100 per cent interoperable equipment, backed up by over 10 years and 250 million kilometres of ETCS commercial operation and expertise.

Four Alstom sites in four countries have executed this project jointly: Charleroi (Belgium) for the system-design and the equipment; Berlin (Germany) for the commissioning and warranty, and Villeurbanne (France) and Bologna (Italy) for components.