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Where the wheels meet the rails

The proof of ABB’s rail solutions is in our customers’ success, when ABB products and services meet their real-world needs.

We seek to understand our customers’ concerns and challenges, then collaborate with them to apply the right solutions to meet their needs. Explore our robust collection of rail case studies and customer stories to see how our solutions contribute to safe, sustainable railways.

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    The scenic Mont-Blanc Express railway stretches approximately 54 kilometers between Saint-Gervais-les-Bains in France and Martigny in Switzerland. Opened in 1906, it was designed to improve connectivity, boost local travel and facilitate tourism across the mountainous Franco-Swiss border and is widely regarded as one of the best rail journeys in the Alps. However, while the steep gradients along

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    Case study

    Railway track switches (points) are crucial to all rail operations. The signaling, detection and locking systems built into and around switches have to be protected against the rigors of everyday operations and often harsh environments. Any disruption can significantly reduce network capacity. Korail, the Korea Railroad Corporation, is the national railway operator in South Korea, operating the

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    Press release

    ABB has been awarded a contract by Hitachi Rail to provide a traction power supply solution for the Ontario Line subway project in Toronto, Canada. ABB’s Transportation Rail and Infrastructure team will provide the full solution for the power supply architecture including ABB key power distribution components for the Ontario Line to ensure its safe and reliable operation. The Ontario Line will

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    ABB has been awarded a USD$150 million contract in February 2024 to supply complete traction packages, as well as engineering and service support for each of the 65 six-car passenger trains to be delivered by the Queensland Train Manufacturing Program (QTMP) in Australia. As part of the contract, which was awarded by Hyundai Rotem Company (Korea), ABB will also establish a Traction Center of

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    ABB Review

    The DS301C single-phase and neutral, voltage-independent, residual-current circuit breaker with overcurrent protection (RCBO), protects against short-circuits, overloads and earth faults. This single-module device eases congestion and simplifies installation in low-voltage panel boards →01.

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    ABB secured a large order to deliver the complete traction chain to upgrade 19 of the 5100-kilowatt (kW) locomotives operated by CFR Călători, Romania’s state-owned railway passenger transport company. ABB will supply the traction equipment, comprising transformers, converters and electric motors, in partnership with Reloc, a local contractor specialized in the overhauling and modernization of

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    ABB traction battery technology has enabled 44 Adelaide Metro train sets to be converted to diesel-hybrid operation, with a further 6 sets to be converted in the coming months. The solution has reduced noise and emissions to improve the travel experience for the nearly 16 million commuters a year who use the service.

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    Germany’s national railway company Deutsche Bahn which carries around 4.8 billion passengers a year, has ambitious plans to decarbonize its network by 2040. The company’s general contractor Rail Power Systems GmbH (RPS) awarded ABB the contract to supply its first three phase gas insulated switchgear (GIS) solution free of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) as part of the project to supply four charging

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    Recognized for its low carbon footprint, rail is at the heart of sustainable mobility strategies, with smart passenger stations expected to play a key role in the smart cities of the future. Managing energy demands efficiently and intelligently at these transport hubs is fundamental to maximizing the benefits for communities, business and operators. Smart stations are an important part of rail

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    ABB builds on its track-record in sustainable rail innovation with a new contract for a 25 kV power solution to electrify a 100 percent carbon neutral rail line1 for Lithuanian Railways. The electric trains are powered by electricity generated from renewable energy sources. The landmark project represents the first deployment of ABB’s traction switchgear technology in Lithuania and ABB’s largest

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    Global press release

    • ABB’s globally recognized VD4 circuit breaker evolves to be safer, smarter and more sustainable with advanced digital features • New intelligence reduces the risk of power outages by 30 percent and increases operation and maintenance efficiencies by as much as 60 percent • Compact and configurable, the VD4 evo’s ‘plug and play’ design enables easy installation and is simple to upgrade

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    Web story | Australia

    Did you know that it takes just milliseconds to capture latent energy in a railway and transfer it into useable energy on the grid? ABB has harnessed the latest technology to give Melbourne passengers a smoother, lower-carbon ride.

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    Customer success story

    When the government of Bangladesh wanted to enhance digitalization and energy efficiency on the Dhaka Metro Mass Rapid Transit system, it chose ABB’s new state-of-the-art network analyzers.

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    ABB has won orders worth around $80 million from Stadler for energy-efficient traction and high-performance battery technologies for high-capacity commuter trains. Many of these trains will strengthen the short-distance transportation network in Spain serving more than one million commuters every day in some of Spain’s largest cities such as Madrid and Barcelona. The orders also include traction

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    Subscribe to ABB Review Mehrzad Ashnagaran Mine Electrification and Composite Plant Zurich, Switzerland, mehrzad.ashnagaran@ch.abb.com ABB has considerable experience around the world supplying large, integrated electrical and control solutions to mining and minerals customers. In addition, the company is enabling miners to transition toward the all-electric mine. The company is committed to

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