Vectron train protection concept – ingeniously modular

Today, railway companies that want to operate across national borders in Europe need to equip their locomotives with different national train protection systems. This is because the standardized European train protection system ETCS is currently only installed on selected cross-border corridors. Vectron’s modular train protection concept is designed to take into account national needs as well as future ETCS requirements, guaranteeing flexibility for Europe’s system – today and in the future.

Current situation: More than 20 incompatible train protection systems

For historical reasons, Europe today has a variety of different national train protection systems. As a result, for cross-border rail transit, the installation of all national systems of the countries through which it passes is essential. This means that the vehicle equipment must take into account all national networks, including cross-border traffic. In addition, the standard European train protection system ETCS is being phased in on selected corridors and will gradually replace the national systems. This calls for a vehicle that can be easily adapted to new circumstances. After all, in order for a locomotive to be a sound investment for the future, it must offer operators the flexibility to adapt to changing traffic flows. The Vectron’s train protection concept takes all these requirements into account.

Train protection concept with borderless flexibility

Vectron is the first locomotive to offer borderless flexibility by allowing for future conversions to other train protection systems from the very beginning. This is possible thanks to the modular configuration that can be developed into a maximum system combining national as well as ETCS solutions.


Example: conversion between two corridors

The corridor from Rotterdam to Genoa along the Netherlands-Germany-Switzerland-Austria-Italy route (also abbreviated as D-A-CH-I-NL) links the Dutch seaports, but also northern Italy with central Europe. The corridor from Germany to Romania via Austria and Hungary (abbreviated as D-A-HU-RO) connects central Europe with the port of Constanta. The comparison shows how Vectron enables trains to operate in both corridors.