Stadler won the Europe-wide tender for retrofitting its in-house developed train control solution GUARDIA (ETCS Baseline 3.6.0) in up to 80 special vehicles belonging to DB Netz AG. Initially, the system will be fitted into eight maintenance and track service vehicles of the series 711.1 and 741.X that will be in use on the DB Netz AG networks in Germany and Switzerland as of 2024. The order includes an option for up to a further 72 vehicles.
This retrofitting project is the second time that GUARDIA has been fitted into Deutsche Bahn vehicles: The DB Advanced Train Lab of the series BR 605 that was exhibited at the Innotrans 2022, and two locomotives of the type BR 185.2 were also fitted with GUARDIA during a pilot project.
Marc Trippel, Head of the Signalling Division at Stadler: “We are very proud to be handling this future-oriented order for Deutsche Bahn. This decision reflects the trust in Stadler’s GUARDIA ETCS solution that was built during the pilot project. By retrofitting the infrastructure-relevant maintenance and track service vehicles, we are making an important contribution to digitalizing the German rail network. We look forward to working with Deutsche Bahn.”
The GUARDIA ETCS train control system is approved and is in use in several countries, for instance in the new FLIRT trains of the BLS AG in Switzerland as of 2021, and also in Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, and The Netherlands. The latest version Baseline 3.6.0 has already been approved for Germany and the Netherlands.