Malmbanan Iron Ore Railway, source: Wikipedia

Bombardier installs ERTMS on Swedish Malmbanan

Malmbanan Iron Ore Railway, source: Wikipedia Commons

Bombardier Transportation is installing the latest version of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Level 2 solution, known as Baseline 3 Release 2, on the Malmbanan line in Sweden. The project has started in January. The launch of the first section is scheduled for 2021.

At the end of 2018, the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) chose Bombardier Transportation to be a supplier of the ERTMS solution to the Malmbanan line in north Sweden. “The new system will be installed on sections of Malmbanan as the first step in the Swedish rail modernisation programme. The first section from Kalixfors to Gällivare is planned to start operation in 2021 followed by Kiruna to Björnfjell in 2023,” Morteza Rouholamin, Sales Director at Bombardier Transportation Sweden, said to RailTech.

Interflo 450 solution

Bombardier Transportation will supply the Interflo 450 rail control solution that received official approval for operation in Sweden in 2017. “It can optimize higher-speed operation and supports network interoperability while reducing maintenance costs. Interflo 450 solution is easily applied to new, dedicated high-speed lines offering high levels of safety and speeds, or can be mixed with networks with already existing ATP systems,” Morteza Rouholamin explained. This solution has three advantages: the high availability with the lowest possible life-cycle costs, minimum maintenance and service in the field; highest performance technology and reduced delivery times; minimum equipment needed which reduces cost and installation time as well as maintenance.


The Malmbanan line (or Iron Ore Line) is located in the northern part of Sweden. It connects Swedish port of Luleå with its Norwegian counterpart of Narvik. The 473-kilometre electrified railway is mostly dedicated to the carrying of iron ore.  The raw is mined by the LKAB company in the Kiruna and the Malmberget close to Gällivare) fields. The line is operated by LKAB Malmtrafik, a transport subsidiary of LKAB. The passenger service is provided by Swedish national railway company SJ.

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