The path to their operation to digital technology and has begun this weekend. Between Meitingen and Mertingen in the Bavarian administrative district of Swabia, the Federal group has commenced construction work on the first digital positioner on a main traffic route. The digitisation of the routes on decades-scale giant project. “The digitized track far more than the jump from the trolley on the electric locomotive is operating, we change to a completely new System,” said Kay Euler, Director of the program, Digital Track in Germany. “This offers us the opportunity to continue in the future as the first in the world with the new technologies in a complex rail system.”

For the construction work is locked on the Whitsun week-end of the track section from donauwörth to Augsburg – part of the TRANS-European railway corridor Scan-Med of Scandinavia to Italy. Helicopters flew to new signal masts. Also be replaced in the transition to digital technology, the usual copper cables, fiber optic cables, which can transport much more data, it is technically possible, the radio control would be. The digitalization of the rail operation could be completed to a feasibility study commissioned by the Federal Ministry for transport up to 2040, the total costs are estimated in the paper at more than 30 billion euros. The nationwide “Roll Out” the new technology is scheduled to begin after presentation of the railway in the middle of the next decade.

The digital technology has three main advantages for the railway: It could go in conjunction with the emerging European train control system ETCS is significantly more trains. “We believe that we can achieve by means of ETCS in combination with digital control plants an average capacity increase of 20 per cent, at a higher Level on some routes by up to 35 percent,” said Euler. The second advantage is a better control of railway operations – the rail can react faster to fault messages and trains reroute. And the third advantage are hoped-for savings, when tens of thousands of kilometres of copper cable are superfluous.

so Far, different types of interlocking systems in the railway in use. “At the Moment, the railway is in many respects still very manual, from the preparation of the roadmap to control,” said Euler. “In our Systems, we basically have a complete collection of the German history of Technology from Imperial times to today.” In rural areas, some of the mechanical positioners are still in operation, operated by Hand with a large Lever and a long steel cables are connected to switches and signals.

are currently not provided for in the budgetary planning of the Federal government to 2023 for the three priority projects 570 million euros, but not yet definitively decided. In addition to the digital positioner in Meitingen the digitization of the fast track between Frankfurt and Cologne and close to the railway node in Stuttgart, these include.

The railway is currently building nationwide in many places. On Tuesday, the renovation of the first ICE route Hanover-Würzburg begins almost 30 years after the opening. As the first of up to 14. December, the route Hanover-Göttingen locked. Passengers between Northern and southern Germany as well as Berlin and Frankfurt have set up on a 30 to 45 minutes longer driving time. During construction, Soft, gravel tracks, but also the catenary poles as well as the current and backup systems are renewed.

cf / DPA

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