Progress Rail and Etihad Rail Sign MoU to Discuss Areas of Cooperation to Support Sustainability in the Railway Industry
The two parties will discuss potential opportunities for the development and deployment of an autonomous, zero-exhaust emissions yard concept
BERLIN, Germany – Today, Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, and Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE National Railway Network, are continuing their long-standing relationship and demonstrating their commitment to an innovative, sustainable future by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to discuss potential opportunities for the development and deployment of an autonomous, zero-exhaust emissions and port-to-port concept, which could serve as the foundation for future rail operations globally.
“Etihad Rail is always keen to develop new relationships that drive growth of a modern, safe, and sustainable railway sector in the UAE and the region,” said Ahmed Al Musawa, executive director of Passenger Sector at Etihad Rail. “By developing the UAE National Rail Network, Etihad Rail is already contributing to reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 70-80%. The agreement comes in line with Etihad Rail’s vision of safely and sustainably connecting regions and communities and integrating people and industries through rail transport.”
The MOU aims to discuss areas of future collaboration for a potential fleet decarbonization, taking sustainable operations to the next level.
“Progress Rail is committed to providing sustainable solutions for customers like Etihad Rail,” commented Marty Haycraft, president and CEO of Progress Rail. “The foundational suite of technologies we are developing will serve railroads around the world with their decarbonization journey.”
In August 2022, Progress Rail delivered the first batch of new EMD® SD70 locomotives to Etihad Rail. Each of the fleet’s diesel-and-electricity-operated locomotives provides 4,600 BHP, which makes it one of the most powerful engines in the Middle East. The locomotives are equipped with the latest filtering innovations such as the pulse sand filtering system, ensuring the train operates at high effectiveness and efficiency when passing through desert regions. They also incorporate and comply with the latest technologies and standards for reducing emissions.
Rumo in Brazil is taking delivery of the first hybrid locomotives from Progress Rail in 2022. Two GT38H intermediate power locomotives are being delivered in 2022 for trials in regional freight services.
“These hybrid units will provide fuel and emissions reductions with lower upfront investment for our valued customers like Rumo.” commented Marty Haycraft, president and chief executive officer of Progress Rail. “We are pleased to support our customers with solutions that help them reach their sustainability goals.”
These locomotives use modular architecture to remain flexible to future fuels, retain the capability of their diesel counterparts, and are capable of both regenerative and external battery charging.
BERLIN, Germany – Progress Rail, a Caterpillar Company, is an international leader in developing and maintaining Control-Command and Signaling (CCS) and Traffic Management System (TMS) solutions for railway and mass transit systems, ranging from standalone interlocking systems to fully integrated CCS/TMS systems equipped with ERTMS/ETCS (L1 and L2/3).
The company was recently awarded a tender to supply its ECM European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 wayside product to Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (FS Italiane Group).
“This opportunity will help us further grow our signaling services in Italy as we develop ETCS Level 2 projects in the future,” commented John Newman, executive vice president of infrastructure for Progress Rail. “As an international provider of signal solutions and technologies, Progress Rail is devoted to the safety and enhancement of railway infrastructure.”
The ECM Radio Block Center (RBC9) system is Progress Rail’s solution for ERTMS L2/3 signaling, with the highest level of safety, compliant with Baseline 3 Release 2 of ERTMS/ETCS specifications, and with high reliability and modularity.
Through product demonstrations, attendees will experience Talos™ Energy Management, the Nitro Suite of Decision Support Solutions for movement and yard planning, and ECM signals. Interactive touchscreens will display locomotives, engines, PowerView, advanced energy, advanced rail technology, trackwork and rolling stock, with speakers interviewed on the hour each day on these topics.
“We are excited to showcase our commitment to alternate energy and carbon reduction, train automation, yard and network optimization, and digital solutions at InnoTrans 2022,” commented Paul Denton, senior vice president of global rolling stock sales, technology, and marketing for Progress Rail. “These are just a few of our broad product offerings that will be on display at the world’s largest transportation show.”
InnoTrans is the world's leading international trade fair for transport technology, with an estimated 3,000 exhibitors from 60 countries, occupying all the Berlin exhibition grounds. More than 150,000 visitors from 150 countries are expected to fill the 40+ exhibition halls, outdoor display, track area, and bus display, with the opportunity to experience Progress Rail’s exhibit in Hall 2.2, Stand 130.