posted on 19th Jan 2023 09:49
On 13 January 2023 Stadler announced that it has won a Europe-wide tender to retrofit up to 80 special vehicles of DB Netz for infrastructure inspection purposes with the GUARDIA ETCS OBUs according to Baseline 3.6.0. In a first step, the retrofitting will be carried out on eight maintenance and track work vehicles of the Classes 711.1 and 741.X, which will go into service on the DB Netz networks in Germany and Switzerland from 2024. The order includes an option for up to 72 additional vehicles.
The retrofit is already the second use of GUARDIA on Deutsche Bahn vehicles: the Class 605 Advanced Train Lab, exhibited at InnoTrans 2022, was also equipped with GUARDIA as part of a pilot project, together with two Class 185.2 TRAXXes.
GUARDIA is approved and in use in several European countries, including BLS's new FLIRTs in Switzerland since 2021, as well as in Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia and the Netherlands. The latest version Baseline 3.6.0 is already approved in Germany and the Netherlands.