Deutsche Bahn and Siemens develop digitalized operation of the Hamburg S-Bahn
For the first time in Germany, a highly automated S-Bahn will begin operating in Hamburg in 2021. A cooperation agreement for the “Digital S-Bahn Hamburg” was signed by Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Deustche Bahn and Siemens.
The agreement specifies that a 23-kilometer-long section of the S-Bahn Line 21 between the Berliner Tor and Bergedorf/Aumühle stations will be equipped for fully automated operation, and that four trains will at the same time be equipped with the required technology.
Siemens tram for Ulm wins the Red Dot Award.
- Award for the Avenio M
- Tram convinces in the category “Product Design”
- Second Red Dot Award for the Avenio family
The Siemens Avenio M tram, designed for Ulm, Germany, has won the prestigious Red Dot Award. SWU Verkehr GmbH had ordered twelve articulated Avenio M trams from Siemens in May 2015. The trams are optimized for operating on the Ulm routes with their steep grades and will serve on Line 1 and the new Line 2.
The tram’s design enhances passenger experience and convenience and was, as with its predecessor model Combino, especially tailored for Ulm by Busse Design+Engineering, the design partner of SWU Verkehr. The new tram’s front and rear end design differs from that of the previously used Combinos. The new trams have adapted the current SWU design and are finished in the familiar colors of blue, light gray and white. The typical curved side profile on the front end has been further refined. The interior is light and friendly. The style and interior design of the basic tram were created by a team from Siemens and the design studio “Yellow Window.” The Avenio M also sets standards regarding safety: the “Siemens Tram Assistant” collision warning system helps the driver to avoid accidents.
André Dillmann, Managing Director of SWU Verkehr. said:
“In many respects, we succeeded in further improving the visual appeal of Ulm with the new tram series. Ulm’s trams will now stand out even more for our residents.”
Sabrina Soussan, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division, said:
“In developing the Avenio, we believed the trams should harmonize well with the urban landscape, be optimally adapted to the existing urban infrastructure and meet all the requirements for capacity as well as interior and exterior design. That we succeeded in our work has now been confirmed by the second Red Dot Award for our Avenio family.”
Siemens previously received the Red Dot Award for Product Design in 2015 for the Velaro high-speed train. Last year, the company’s design for the Avenio trams for Doha, Qatar, won the award.
The Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen has been honoring outstanding international product design with its famed “Red Dot” since 1955. Numerous manufacturers and designers of a wide variety of industrial products enter the annual competition for the internationally renowned seal of quality for design. This year, the jury received entries from 59 countries. Only designs with the most convincing “high quality of design” receive the coveted “Red Dot” from the jury. The awards were presented yesterday in Essen, Germany.
Fortieth customer for Siemens locomotive.
- The Rath Group is the fortieth Vectron customer
- Order for three Vectron MS locomotives
- Delivery beginning in December 2018
The Rath Group and Siemens have signed a contract for the delivery of three Vectron multisystem (MS) locomotives. The locomotives are planned for freight service and will operate in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovakia. Delivery of the locomotives will begin in December 2018. The locomotives will be built at the Siemens factory in Munich-Allach. With this order, RTB Cargo, the freight transport arm of the Rath Group, will have its own multisystem fleet for the first time.
“The Rath Group is the fortieth customer for our Vectron platform. This success story underscores the quality and reliable service of our locomotives throughout Europe,” said Sabrina Soussan, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division.
The locomotives for the Rath Group have a maximum output of 6,400 KW and a top speed of 160 km/h. The Vectron MS operates on 15 kV / 16.7 Hz, 25 kV / 50 Hz AC and 1.5 kV DC and 3 kV DC voltages and is equipped with national train control systems as well as the European Train Control System (ETCS).
Siemens has already sold the Vectron more than 700 times. The Vectron fleet in Europe has covered over 130 million kilometers in service so far. The Siemens locomotives are currently certified to operate in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Turkey.