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Alstom Coradia trains chosen for new CFL Luxemburg fleet

A contract for 34 new high-capacity double-deck regional trains has been awarded to Alstom by Luxemburg’s national train operator Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois (CFL).

The new fleet, which will be built in Alstom’s Barcelona factory, will include 80-metre and 160-metre long trains  and deliveries will commence in December 2021.

34 new Alstom Coradia trains have been ordered by CFL for use in Luxemburg, Belgium and France (Alstom)

Speaking of the €360 million contract, Alstom senior vice president in Europe Gian Luca Erbacci said: “We are pleased to have won CFL’s trust for the supply of a reliable, energy efficient, safe and comfortable transport solution for their passengers. The new train we offer is a concentration of the latest innovations from our proven Coradia platform. With a total capacity of more than 15,000 seats, these trains will allow CFL to safely carry more passengers, improving mobility and accessibility throughout Luxemburg.”

The trains for CFL will feature spacious and well-lit areas for reading and resting, space for bicycles and dedicated facilities for people with reduced mobility. The trains will be equipped with Wi-Fi and LED lighting, security cameras to increase passenger and crew safety and a dynamic passenger information system.

To meet the standards for interoperability required for the trains to run on the national Luxemburg network, as well as in Belgium and France, they will be equipped with both ERTMS (ETCS level 2-baseline 3) and TBL1+ signalling systems.

Over 2,300 of Alstom’s Coradia family of trains are currently in operation, in nine European countries as well as Canada.

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

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Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.


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