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Alstom to fit ETCS to Class 180s

Grand Central 180112 at Peterborough on May 10. RICHARD CLINNICK.

Alstom will design and install European Train Control System (ETCS) on 14 Class 180 diesel multiple units.

The manufacturer, which also built the 125mph five-car DMUs, will fit its Atlas 200 equipment to the trains. It will serve as a first of class for the system, and will be rolled out across all 14 trains. Currently the ‘180s’ are split between Great Western Railway, Grand Central and Hull Trains, but eventually the entire fleet will be operated by GC.

The contract also includes the design for fitting to Alstom’ Class 175s, which are all used by Arriva Trains Wales.

This is the second contract to be awarded by the National Joint ROSCO Project (NJRP), following a deal signed with Eversholt Rail last November for the Class 365 fleet.

The Atlas ETCS has been used for trackside and onboard projects across a number of countries in Europe and Asia. 

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 18/05/2016 00:49

    GWR Class 180 are also to be cascaded to GN as Class 800 & Class 801 trains will be replacing them and the other trains used on GWR.

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    • Barry - 24/05/2016 23:51

      Great Northern? They don't use diesel trains.

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      • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 26/05/2016 19:01

        I meant Grand Central.

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