Bombardier Transportation celebrates 100 years of pioneering contributions to the rail signalling industry.

With over 27 sites worldwide, Bombardier’s international rail control business today partners with customers in over 50 countries.

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation is celebrating its 100th anniversary of leadership in rail signalling. The centenary of its Rail Control Solutions (RCS) division will be marked worldwide by a series of employee events reflecting the global reach of Bombardier’s rail control business. Its pioneering technical contributions to the signalling industry have transformed rail travel and continue to improve the efficient transportation of millions of passengers and goods around the globe.

The anniversary is celebrated on the date of the inauguration of the Ericsson Railway Technical Department in Sweden, an important forerunner to the Bombardier rail control business. Since then, Bombardier’s RCS footprint has expanded to include over 3,600 employees at 27 sites on six continents. Drawing on its extensive global expertise and strong local presence, RCS partners with customers in over 50 countries to provide state-of-the-art mobility solutions.

Peter Cedervall, President, Rail Control Solutions Division, Bombardier Transportation, said,
“In looking back on 100 years of Bombardier signalling history, we can take great pride in the game changing technologies introduced by our highly experienced teams working with our customers. Continuously adapting the latest technology has ensured vast improvements in the safety and speed of rail travel as well as connectivity, automation and capacity. We look forward to shaping the future of signalling for many years to come.”

Bombardier has been involved in many pioneering innovations that have revolutionised global rail control. This includes the world’s first computer-based interlocking (CBI) system and the world’s first radio-based, moving block train control for driverless, automated people movers. As well as the introduction of the highest speed rail control for China’s longest lines, Bombardier was the first to implement European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Levels 2 and 3/Regional, and its balise technology was chosen as the worldwide standard for ERTMS. Its highly advanced Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) solution has also been chosen for over 30 projects worldwide as Bombardier continues to diversify into new markets such as the mining industry.