Swiss train manufacturer orders ABB traction products

Power and automation technology group ABB has won orders worth approximately $55m (£35m) from Swiss train manufacturer Stadler Rail for equipment that will help to maximise the reliability and energy efficiency of rolling stock for two Swiss rail operators.

ABB will deliver specially designed traction converters with integrated onboard power supplies as well as traction transformers and battery chargers for 28 double-decker trains to be delivered to BLS, a private railway company in Switzerland.

Traction products convert electricity from overhead power lines to the voltage levels needed by the trains’ motors and a host of auxiliary power systems (lighting, heating, ventilation, automatic doors and so on).

ABB will also deliver traction converters and traction transformers to SBB Cargo, the freight unit of the Swiss Federal Railways, for 30 shunting locomotives, which couple carriages and wagons.