State Railway of Thailand Selects ECM to Supply ETCS-L1 Onboard for 70 Locomotives

August 25, 2021

PISTOIA, Italy -- ECM S.p.A., a subsidiary of Progress Rail, a Caterpillar Company, will design, supply and install their ETCS Level 1 Onboard Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system on 70 locomotives for the State Railway of Thailand (SRT).

As part of the SRT strategy to modernize their rolling stock fleet, ECM and local company, GLI Grandline Innovation, have been awarded a contract to implement the high performing, environmentally sustainable ATP system, providing increased efficiency, safety and reliability.

According to ECM Managing Director Paolo Covoni, “Our ETCS Level 1 system meets the highest standards, helping ensure safe railway transportation in Thailand and bring the nation’s railway transportation to the next level.”

Initially developed to boost interoperability across European rail networks, the system is increasingly being adopted by worldwide rail operators. The ETCS Level 1 ATP onboard system’s primary function is to inform the operator of the maximum speed at each point of the line, and if the maximum allowed speed is exceeded, the system applies vehicle brakes as needed.

“This contract is another step ahead for our signaling team,” added Hyung Kim, Senior Vice President of the Progress Rail global signal business. “We look forward to continuing the growth of our signal business globally.”


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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, Facebook and Instagram.


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