VUZ begins testing new units for Luxembourg Railways
The units are equipped with ATO technology.
Testing of the new Alstom Coradia Stream unit for the Luxembourg carrier CFL (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois) has started on the Cerhenice/Velim railway test track.
Alstom is to deliver a total of 34 units to Luxembourg under a contract concluded at the end of 2018. The double-deckers will be used for regional services. The order has been delayed, with the original delivery date for the first units set for the end of last year.
The Railway Research Institute announced the launch of trials and tests at the VUZ Test Centre Velim on Twitter. The 160 km/h units are to be approved for operation in Belgium and France as well as Luxembourg. The carrier wants to use them to meet the growing demand for rail transport in Luxembourg.
The Barcelona-made units are equipped with ETCS 3 level 2-baseline and GoA2 ATO technology. This is the first time a carrier in Europe has opted for a combination of ETCS and this level of automatic train operation.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková.