Multipurpose Stoneblower, Harsco Rail

Thales delivers ETCS Level 2 on-board units to Harsco Rail

Thales Germany is providing ETCS Level 2 on-board systems for new Multipurpose Stoneblower maintenance machines for an operation in the United Kingdom. Harsco Rail and Thales Germany are together equipping four vehicles with ETCS Baseline 3 Maintenance Release 2.

The Multipurpose Stoneblower machines which are equipped with ETCS are machines developed specifically as an alternative to traditional tamping methods for the restoration of track geometry. The result is a smooth track surface. The ETCS on-board systems (UNISIG Baseline 3 / SRS Version 3.6.0.) developed and provided by Thales are allowing a dynamic transition to the British national train control system TPWS/AWS.

Multipurpose Stoneblower, Harsco Rail
The Multipurpose Stoneblower at work, photo: Harsco Rail


ETCS (European Train Control System) is a modern train protection system that ensures the safe operation of railway vehicles. Today, ETCS is in service not only in Europe but also in many countries around the world, such as Saudi Arabia, South Korea and India.

During RailTech Europe, the second day on March 31 will be devoted to digital railways, including ERTMS. Klaus Mindel, Director CCS Architecture Strategy at Thales Germany will talk about how ERTMS and digitalisation contribute to a more sustainable and circular rail sector. Also, Matthias Ruete, the European Coordinator for ERTMS and Wim Knopperts, Program Director ERTMS at ProRail will share their expertise.

Read also:

Author: Esther Geerts


Add your comment

characters remaining.

Log in through one of the following social media partners to comment.