Dutch High Speed Line Opens

AMSTERDAM — Dutch Government representatives on Sept. 6 officially opened the high speed line connecting Amsterdam Central Station-Schiphol Airport-Rotterdam Central Station, operated by NS Hispeed — the Netherlands Railways’ high-speed operations brand name.

The first trains to run on the line are being hauled by BOMBARDIER TRAXX locomotives, which shorten the travel time between Amsterdam and Rotterdam to 43 minutes.

The TRAXX multisystem locomotives operating on the line are leased from Angel Trains Cargo, the locomotives leasing division of Angel Trains International, one of Europe’s leading rolling stock leasing companies. The TRAXX

The TRAXX platform of locomotives consists of three electric variants (multi-system, alternating and direct current) and one diesel-electric design. More than 1,400 TRAXX locomotives have been sold and more than 800 are already hauling freight and passenger trains in and across Europe.

These vehicles are also equipped with theBOMBARDIER EBI Cab 2000 automatic train protection system providing the very latest, interoperable automatic train control technology. The EBI Cab 2000 is an onboard system designed to increase traffic capacity by allowing higher speeds and shorter headways between trains, whilst improving safety and reducing operational costs.

EBI Cab systems have been in use for over 25 years.