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Bombardier to develop high-speed train with AnsaldoBreda, deliver Ethernet trains in Germany and The Netherlands


Bombardier Transportation and Finmeccanica subsidiary AnsaldoBreda are partnering to develop and manufacture a new high-speed train designed to travel at speeds exceeding 186 mph.

The train will feature improved operating efficiency, safety and seating, and comply with European interoperability standards.

Meanwhile, Bombardier is delivering trains in Germany and The Netherlands that feature an onboard Ethernet network — the first time an Ethernet protocol is being used for train control data management, according to Westermo Teleindustri AB, which is supplying its RedFox railway switches for the trains. The Ethernet network can determine the train’s composition (such as the type of coaches that are operating on the train), the order in which the cars are coupled together, and in which direction they run.  

For now, the Ethernet system will run in conjunction with the conventional Train Communication Network currently used on trains. Eventually, Bombardier expects to develop a system under which Ethernet will manage all of a train’s onboard equipment, the company said.