Progress Rail Awarded Signaling Work for Tirana–Durres Railway Line in Albania

May 25, 2021

ECM S.p.A., a subsidiary of Progress Rail, a Caterpillar Company, and INC S.p.A., a subsidiary of FININC S.p.A. group, and a leader in the large infrastructure EPC sector in Italy, have signed the first turnkey project for modernizing the signaling system of a railway line in Albania.

This project and subsequent phases are part of a comprehensive modernization and update of the Albanian railway network to support the country’s economic development goals.

Progress Rail will supply the entire signaling system, which includes computer-based interlocking (HMR9), central post and ERTMS L1, and all trackside components for the 34.2 kilometers of track between Tirana Public Transport Terminal and the city of Durres, plus construction of approximately five kilometers of new railway line between Tirana and Rinas airport.

“This work is of strategic importance given the numerous investments foreseen in the Balkan Region, particularly in Albania,” commented ECM Managing Director Paolo Covoni. “Once preliminary documentation is finalized, our team will proceed with the design phase, factory testing, installation, testing and commissioning onsite in Pistoia and Genoa, followed by training courses on signaling systems for Albanian railway technicians.”


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About Progress Rail

Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, is one of the largest integrated and diversified providers of rolling stock and infrastructure solutions and technologies for global rail customers. Progress Rail delivers advanced EMD locomotives and engines, railcars, trackwork, fasteners, signaling, rail welding and Kershaw Maintenance-of-Way equipment, along with dedicated locomotive and freight car repair services, aftermarket parts support and recycling operations. The company also offers advanced rail technologies, including data acquisition and asset protection equipment. Progress Rail’s deep industry expertise, together with the support of Caterpillar, ensures a commitment to quality through innovative solutions for the rail industry. Progress Rail has a network of nearly 200 locations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Australia, China, India, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit and follow @Progress_Rail on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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