Press Release – Bombardier TRAXX Locomotives Approved for Operation in the Gotthard Base Tunnel

Bombardier’s latest automatic train protection software to improve reliability to run on Swiss ETCS routes, including Gotthard Base Tunnel

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Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation announced today that its BOMBARDIER TRAXX locomotives, upgraded with the latest automatic train protection software, have been approved for operation on Switzerland’s Gotthard Base Tunnel,the world’s longest and deepest rail traffic tunnel. This authorisation milestone was achieved in close cooperation between the Swiss Federal Office of Transport (FOT), SBB Infra, BLS Cargo and Bombardier.

Albert Bastius, Head of Product Line Locomotives, Bombardier Transportation said:  

“We thank the FOT, SBB Infra and BLS Cargo for the constructive teamwork that will enable our TRAXX locomotives to operate reliably and efficiently in the Gotthard Base Tunnel. We are now continuing to see that the implementation of our latest software progresses well on the many locomotives in operation, so that our customers benefit from this updated version.”

The first low-level route through the Alps, the Gotthard Base Tunnel establishes a new direct route for high-speed rail and heavy freight trains to boost the capacity of the existing mountain route.The new software version will enable the TRAXX MS and AC locomotives (Re 486, BR 186, Re 487, BR 187) to run on all sections of the Gotthard Tunnel’s track, including those using the advanced European Train Control System (ETCS) in Level 2 operation.

Locomotives that are not yet retrofitted can still run on all other lines in Switzerland, including those equipped with ETCS. In double traction operation as the non-leading locomotive, the locomotives can be operational even on the Gotthard Axis.

The globally-proven EBI Cab 2000 onboard Automatic Train Protection solution is a rail control software designed to increase traffic capacity, reliability and safety on mainline operations. The system allows higher speeds and shorter headways, with information between the wayside and onboard equipment transmitted via radio and continuous supervision of the speed of the train.