Bombardier TRAXX Locomotive Series Receives EC Certification
While Europe’s Internal Borders are becoming less significant, cross-border transportation using Bombardier TRAXX locomotives is becoming easier, according to the company which recently announced that its TRAXX lovomotive platform has now become the first locomotive family in the world to receive EC (European Community) certification in accordance with the technical specifications for interoperability (TSI)‚ ’Safety in Railway Tunnels’ (SRT). The certificate is part of a program to standardize the technical basis for cross-border rail transport launched by the European Railway Agency (ERA). The certification is applicable to the entire TRAXX product family and was granted in just three months. With it, the TRAXX platform now conforms to the technical specifications for rail vehicles for cross-border transport three years ahead of the end of the legal transition period.
Locomotive interoperability is gaining importance within the European Union in view of the increasing amount of cross-border rail transport and the liberalization of many markets, above all in the freight corridors. The variety of standards, laws, technical and infrastructural requirements in the EU member states has, up until now, prevented the complete accreditation of rail vehicles. The Europe-wide structure of the different TSIs provides a solution to this.
The TSI SRT, which came into effect on July 1, 2008, encompasses all aspects which are important for safe rail operation in tunnels. It affects the structural subsystems, the ‘infrastructure’ and the ‘vehicles’.
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